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Thursday, January 23, 2014

{Snack Attack - Clean Eating}

There is no doubt about it,  I am one of those people that gets "hangry"  (this Huffington Post article is hilarious)!  You know what I am talking about, the sudden feeling of if you don't eat something the world might end, you may even get panicky or moody!  Sound familiar?  Are you a "hangry" person too? I am sure some of you have been there... maybe you didn't eat enough breakfast or your lunch was to small, and suddenly all you can think about is food, and when your going to be able to eat next!  

 Are you wondering what hangry symptom have to do with clean eating?  Well, absolutely nothing!   I only bring up the "hangry" symptom because usually for me I get "hangry" in the late afternoon around snack time, and today's post is all about my go to clean eating snacks!  

I will admit that when I decided that eating clean one day a week was going to be part of my smaller new years resolutions I didn't panic about what I would eat during snack time!  Usually for me the simpler the snack the better, and most days my snack is just a plain old apple!  But below I have rounded up a few of my go to "clean" snacks along with a few delicious clean snack recipes from a few of my favorite blogs!  Enjoy, and don't get hangry!! 

Go to Clean Eating Snacks! 

Apple/Banana and Peanut Butter:
You cannot go wrong with fresh fruit and peanut butter.  Not only will you get a daily serving of fruit from your apple or banana with this snack, but the peanut butter will give you a protein boost and the mono saturated fat will keep you feeling full and satisfied longer! 

**Note - Make sure your peanut butter contains only peanuts, a little salt is ok but nothing else!  And stick to 1-2 tablespoons! 

Greek Yogurt with Honey, Berries and Chia Seeds
 I mentioned in my clean eating breakfast post that Greek yogurt is one of my go to clean breakfast staples!  Well guess what, Greek yogurt can also make a delicious afternoon snack.  Craving something sweet mid afternoon?  The fresh berries combined with the creamy yogurt and honey make for a delicious treat, just imagine you are eating delicious frozen yogurt!  Stick to the plain Greek yogurt and sweeten with natural honey! Top with chia seeds a nutritional punch! 

Veggies and Dip 
Fresh veggies or crudites make a great afternoon snack!  They are easy to pack, are loaded with good for you nutrients and the dipping possibilities are endless!  Not to mention eating veggies as a snack is a great way to up your veggie servings in a day!  My go to veggies dips are homemade salsa or homemade guacamole!  Find the recipe below! 

Homemade Clean Salsa
3 Tomatoes Diced 
1/4 Cup Onion Minced
1 Garlic Clove Minced
1 Jalapeno chopped with seeds removed
2 Teaspoons Olive Oil 
Salt and Pepper to Taste 
Juice from one Lime 
1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro Chopped 

Homemade Guacamole
1 Avocado Mashed
1/4 Cup Onion Finely Chopped 
1 Garlic Clove Minced
Salt and Pepper to Taste 
Juice from one Lime 
1/4 Cup Cilantro 
1 Small tomato seeded and finely chopped 

Check out these other delicious clean eating snack ides from around the web! 

Clean Coconut Chocolate Balls - Clean Eating Machines

Happy Snacking!