Hunger can strike at anytime, and with hectic family schedules, most of us reach for things that are quick and convenient – but that doesn’t always mean they’re healthy. Here are three simple, healthy swaps to reach for between meals, plus the perfect drinks to go with them.
Instead of reaching for crackers or chips, substitute cottage cheese with avocado. Slice an avocado in half, remove the pit, and fill the hole with a dollop of cottage cheese – the nearly seven grams of fiber in the avocado and 10 grams of protein in the cottage cheese will be enough to curb your hunger until lunchtime. Pair it with:
A cup of coffee for an extra boost of energy
Sweet Tooth/Late- Afternoon Slump
rying to stay away from the office candy jar? Try slicing up a naturally sweet pear and topping it with one tablespoon of your favorite nut butter – the protein in the nut butter will give you the fuel you need to make it through the rest of the afternoon. Plus, the natural sugar in the pear will satisfy your sweet tooth and the five grams of fiber will keep you satisfied until dinner. Pair it with:
Green tea with a spoonful of honey.
Instead of the traditional gummy fruit snacks, try making your own trail mix with dried fruit and your favorite nuts. Nuts are high in fiber and protein, making them very filling. Add to that the sweet taste of dried fruit – which has plenty of vitamins and minerals – and you’ve got the perfect snack. Pair it with: Zevia, a zero calorie soda sweetened with all natural stevia, in tasty flavors like Ginger Ale or Grape.