Every summer I am under this disillusion that I will loose all kinds of weight and get in great shape because I have all this time on my hands. I am no longer under this disillusion. That’s just not how my summers go. Yes I have all this time and I spend a ton of it outside hiking and I’m very active but being home all day with a stocked kitchen is DANGEROUS.
Being a teacher, I don’t have the luxury of going out for lunch or buying snacks at work so I can only eat what I bring (and whatever chocolate is stashed in the teacher’s room) so portion control and bored binging isn’t a thing. During the summer I can eat whenever I want so I try my best to have some healthy-ish go to snacks in the kitchen. Especially ones that are high in protein to keep me full a little longer.
Here are a few snacks that I am currently loving.
I found these at Trader Joe’s and was very intrigued because of their high protein content and the calorie ratio.
100 calories for 15 gms of protein and 0 grams of sugar?! Yes please. My beloved Chobanis have at least 10g of sugar so this is a definite plus. I will admit that they don’t look great-basically you are eating a block of spiced meat, but omg they taste great. There are a few different flavors-all different animals but the Sriracha Chicken has been my favorite so far. The downside is they are $2.99 each, but I was able to find them on Amazon in bulk for $0.50 less a bar. I just might bite the bullet and buy a box. The fact that they are portable and don’t have to be kept cold is a huge plus in my book.
Another one of my favorite snacks is hummus, particularly the roasted red pepper flavor from TJ’s. I have been pairing it with some colorful veggies.
How gorgeous are those multicolored carrots?!
On my last TJ’s run, I came across these ranch flavored chickpeas and had to give them a try.
I am loving their crunch and the seasoning they are rocking. When it comes to snacks, the saltier and crunchier the better for me. A handful of these holds me over during that post-lunch pre-dinner time where my stomach starts growling but I know it’s too soon to start cooking. They are also in an easy on-the-go resealable pouch which is very convenient.