I’m not a nutritionist and I will never claim to be, but I do know what to bypass in the grocery aisle if I want to keep my body operating at optimal levels. So, my rule of thumb, where snacking is concerned: Keep it simple, keep it raw—and when possible—keep it from the garden.
You can find “what not to eat lists” like this one anywhere, but the bottom line is, if you don’t know where it came from, if it has too many ingredients, or you didn’t make it with your own two hands—from scratch—you increase the chance that it’ll have too much sugar, too much salt, or an overabundance of something else that’s not good for your body.
But you have to nosh on something, right? Particularly when the hunger pangs are roaring at you post-workout. So, what do you do?
Well, that’s going to be a personal decision, but I try to keep the list I choose from short and sweet:
1. Greek yogurt
2. An apple
7. A teaspoon of Organic Peanut Butter (no salt), something like this one.
8. Something I made with my own two hands— like a protein packed muffin or bar.
9. String cheese.
10. Avocado—as is, no salt or anything added.
I use non-fat Greek yogurt a good bit (Fage is my favorite brand because it has the thickest, creamiest, and most appealing texture) because of its high protein value; and if I want to sweeten it up, I add a touch of honey or a handful of fresh blueberries or strawberries.
Honestly, the less fuss it takes to get it from the source to my tummy, the better.