In the mood for a salty, crunchy snack but don't want to ruin your workout or performance in an upcoming game? Tired of the same old potato chips and pretzels? Here are some healthy, satisfying snacks that pack a lot of flavor and crunch to keep you going between your workout and your next meal.
I have tried all of these snacks and personally recommend them to my clients. They are all tasty and provide the satisfying crunch you might crave without having any dire nutritional consequences.
These are not your typical protein bars—fruit flavored and chewy. These bold bars come in flavors like hickory-smoked, Thai sweet chili and roasted jalapeno, and they're full of texture from all-natural ingredients. A bar has 10 grams of protein, so it's a good mid-day snack to fill you up. Athletes should eat one as a pre-workout snack to fuel an endurance workout.
We all know almonds make great snacks, full of fiber and healthy fats and easy to eat on the go. However, plain almonds can definitely get boring day after day. Try mixing the flavors to keep them exciting without sacrificing any nutritional benefits. My favorite flavor combination are wasabi & soy sauce, honey dijon, and salt and vinegar.
The combination of crunchy veggies and flavored, savory hummus makes for a satisfying snack. I like green or red peppers or baby carrots paired with one of the unique flavors of Eat Well Embrace Life hummus, such as Tuscan white bean, zesty siracha carrot, or wasabi edamame. Making hummus from other beans adds nutritional benefits and taste. Varying the type and colors of their veggies will help athletes meet their micronutrient needs each day, and the white bean variety of hummus provides additional fiber and protein.
I am so glad I discovered this snack made with sunflower seeds. The website boasts that one serving has "4x/more antioxidants than blueberries, more fiber than an apple, and 50% more protein than almonds." My favorite flavors are Pacific sea salt and salty pepper. Due to their high fiber content, save Somersaults for after your workout, when your craving for salty crunch is at its peak.
These black bean chips are high in fiber and a source of complete protein. They go well with spicy salsa or guacamole. Beans are a great source of calcium and B vitamins.
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