How to Meal Prep Healthy Snacks to Satisfy Any Craving
This easy formula for making healthy meal-prep snacks will save you from munching mindlessly on less-than-healthy alternatives.
The temptation to snack is at an all-time high with most people spending their days at home, just mere feet from the kitchen. And it doesn't necessarily help that we're all feeling more stressed then normal and craving comfort—a feeling that certain foods can provide! While noshing on something tasty can be a welcome distraction from work or the news, it seems like for some (me included), snacking has become more than just the mid-afternoon occurrence it's meant to be.
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Snacking when you're bored or stressed and not actually hungry can mess with your energy levels and leave you in a slump, especially if you're snacking on foods high in simple carbs (like pretzels) and sugar. One way to combat unhealthy snacking is to meal prep healthy snacks in advance.
The best meal-prep snacks are the ones that include some fiber and protein—nutrients that help you feel fuller for longer and keep your blood sugar from spiking too quickly (and consequently dropping quickly causing that slump). The snacks you make should be easy to whip up and ones you can enjoy eating throughout the week.
How to Meal Prep Healthy Snacks
Follow these easy tips for meal prepping healthy snacks and check out the recipes below to find something to make this week.
Keep it simple
Meal prep is supposed to make your life easier, so think about snacks that come together quickly and recipes with simple ingredients. It can be as easy as chopping veggie sticks to pair with hummus or combining oats, nuts and fruits to make your own energy balls.
Choose energizing ingredients
Snacks are meant to curb hunger in between meals, so choosing foods that are energizing and filling are important. Snacks like berries, nuts and greek yogurt are high in protein and fiber, which will help you feel full for longer.
Some sugar is okay
Eating something sweet is totally fine when snacking, but don't overdo it. Food and drinks with added sugars could lead to a temporary surge of energy and then cause you to crash. Opt instead for natural sugars found in fruit, which will give you the sweetness you're looking for without the crash.
Get in fruits and vegetables when you can
Snacks are the perfect time to get in an extra serving of fruits and vegetables. You could easily munch on carrot sticks, whip up a smoothie with all that frozen fruit in the freezer or make a batch of veggie-packed meal prepping muffin-tin eggs using whatever you have on hand.