Ideas for Healthy Snacks

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Lately, I've been getting tired of snacking on granola bars. I consume a variety of fruits throughout the day, so what I'm looking for here is some direct substitute for granola bars.

Any ideas on light and healthy snacks that you enjoy eating?

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Oct 25, 2018

I bought a bag of clementine cuties and leave it in my drawer. Been a solid move so far.

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Oct 25, 2018

That is a solid move.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

Oct 25, 2018

Why are you eating all goddamn day like a squirrel

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Oct 26, 2018

even I don't do that

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Oct 25, 2018

Almonds and Kashi cereal

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Oct 26, 2018

Like previously mentioned - fruit. I also keep some almonds at my desk, but the risk is eating 700 calories in a sitting. Also have a large bag of protein powder under my desk currently.

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Oct 26, 2018

Don't eat half the bag at one time

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Oct 26, 2018

Real big ballers eat TWINKIES and LAYS POTATO CHIPS

Keto is for pussies

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Oct 26, 2018

Check out Frill icecream. Vegan icecream made purely from fruits, nuts and vegetables. High in fibre, only natural fruit sugars, no dairy.

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Oct 26, 2018

that sounds fucking awful

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Oct 29, 2018

You don't listen to food, you taste it :)

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Oct 26, 2018

So you guys are just sitting in a desk all day eating sugar?

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Oct 26, 2018

Buck up and stop eating snacks. It is better for your insulin sensitivity and overall health.

Oct 26, 2018

Yeah, this, holy shit most of you aren't even that active. You're going to regret that shit when you're getting alzheimer's at 65. It goes way deeper than weight. Go take your blood sugar. If it's above 90 at any point in the day, you need to change your diet and lifestyle.

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Oct 26, 2018

Sugar is going to be our generations smoking.

Oct 26, 2018

I hate that comparing anything unhealthy to smoking shit. Smoking cigarettes is terrible for you and people still do a lot of it. Sugar was the boomer's smoking too. People in their 20s and 30s seem to be catching on. But only select groups. The masses are still doing garbage activities and eating garbage food - living garbage lives. I think the future might look a lot like Elysium. There has never been a greater divide in in intelligence, competence, health, etc. There are groups of people getting really good. At the same time, there are groups growing increasingly sick, lazy, and incompetent living in this toxic world; and they don't even realize what's happening.
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Oct 26, 2018

Since moving and switching jobs I've really fallen off the wagon, but when I had a better routine I'd limit myself to an afternoon snack of a healthy protein/greens/misc shake.

I'm a pretty big eater, but with some discipline I got to where this worked pretty well for me.

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Oct 26, 2018

(beef/bison/exotic) Jerky (make sure no added sugar)
mixed nuts
small carrots & bell peppers, various veggies w/salsa or hummus
Quest bars are decent if you really need it

Stay away from fruit

Oct 26, 2018

Good list but I do not see how beef jerky would qualify as a healthful snack.

Oct 26, 2018

Depends on your goals. But, how is it not? Maybe if you eat a few pounds the sodium will get you.

For me, I would take beef jerky 100/100 over fruits

Oct 26, 2018

I do not know much about it but isn't it red meat? I agree with you on the fruits except for bananas

Oct 26, 2018

that's been debunked

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/upshot/red-meat...
I was gonna suggest beef jerky as well, just make sure it's not fucked with too much. meat is not the enemy, processing food is.

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Oct 26, 2018

As already mentioned multiple times above... if you're snacking throughout the day you have a seriously bad habit. You need to quit that ASAP. You should eat 3 times a day, or as some people do, twice a day max. Snacks spike your insulin just like a meal but usually aren't even the kind of food you want to be consuming. Your WORST case scenario should be snacking on something like uncooked veggies, nuts like pistachios or pecans (avoid macadamia nuts for ex. and no trail mix BS)

To all of you gents out there not doing your annual physicals, go get that done. If your HA1C is over 5.5% and / or glucose over 99 mg/dl you are on a path STRAIGHT to diabetes. Be better.

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Oct 26, 2018

4-5 small meals per day for me (3 food and 1-2 protein shakes) - all clean food with a focus on higher protein and lower fats. Carbs mostly come from sweet potatoes :)

Oct 26, 2018
EnergyHOU:

As already mentioned multiple times above... if you're snacking throughout the day you have a seriously bad habit. You need to quit that ASAP. You should eat 3 times a day, or as some people do, twice a day max. Snacks spike your insulin just like a meal but usually aren't even the kind of food you want to be consuming. Your WORST case scenario should be snacking on something like uncooked veggies, nuts like pistachios or pecans (avoid macadamia nuts for ex. and no trail mix BS)

To all of you gents out there not doing your annual physicals, go get that done. If your HA1C is over 5.5% and / or glucose over 99 mg/dl you are on a path STRAIGHT to diabetes. Be better.

Yeah. I tend to snack either right before my meal or right after as part of my meal. Only use it to juice up my caloric intake when eating rather than just discretionary eating.

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Oct 26, 2018

Yall need to live a little. If you're not watching your calories I don't think snacking is all that bad.

-almonds, cashews
-quest protein cookies/ bars
-rice cakes
-fruits

Oct 26, 2018

There is a ton of research coming out that longer periods without ingesting any calories is much better than spreading them throughout the day. I'll choose to live a little in ways other than eating fucking rice cakes in the middle of the day.

Oct 26, 2018

no shit, but its not as dire as you make it sound out to be. The cold caller is asking for healthy snack alternatives not god dam life advice.

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Oct 26, 2018

Not to mention that most major diet plans supported by groundbreaking research tend to be reversed a decade or so later.

High fat used to be the worst thing, now people do keto. Breakfast used to be the most important meal of the day, now it's the meal you skip because of intermittent fasting or whatever. Saturated fat used to be what causes heart disease, now it's all about inflammation and you can eat all the saturated fat you want if you can avoid inflammation. It wasn't long ago that spreading calories throughout the day, 6 meals, was considered ideal. Now people say shorten the eating window. Fish oils and all that Omega 3 stuff was all the rage, now some people think they are worthless and others think it can shorten your life.

I see the same thing going on with exercise. Cardio used to be all the rage, then lifting, then HIIT, etc. All claim at the time to be based on the latest health research.

My view: read research, but be extremely skeptical. Understand the biases. Understand that researchers have families and mortgages and are incentivized the same selfish interests as everyone else. Their life depends on finding a new trend and rejecting the null hypothesis. They are also highly incentivized to research things that piggyback on popular trends, and research whatever sponsors will pay for and whatever lends itself to easy measurables. Just a few of the many, many biases that infect research.

Stick with health rules that are tried and true. Smoking is bad, veggies are good, some kind of exercise is good. Drugs are both bad and awesome, timing is key there. That's about it.

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Oct 26, 2018

Agreed. Everything in moderation is key.

Oct 26, 2018

That part about how researchers have an incentive to reject the null hypothesis really hits home. In the elevator there are these captivate screen display things that dishes out tidbits of eye catching information. One time it says people that are agreeable earn less than their peers. I had to know more. A quick google search yields even more dreadful news for agreeable people, now they earn less than their peers, and also work harder.

Oct 26, 2018

I like the rice cakes. You think you are eating a lot but not really.

Oct 26, 2018

Current favorite snack is baby carrots and greek yogurt ranch dip. Take a container of plain non-fat greek yogurt and add a powdered ranch packet. Covers a lot of bases, protein, fiber, pro-biotics- plus it's low-cal and very satiating.

Oct 26, 2018

Would recommend shelled pistachios. Taste great and are easy to eat

Oct 26, 2018

I like to put in minimal effort for food so:

  • Macadamia Nuts (great source of fat in comparison to other nut alternatives)
  • Baby Carrots dipped in guac (healthy carb with another great source of fat)
  • Celery dipped in nut butter (healthy carb with another great source of fat)
  • Jerky (if going beef go grass-fed and no sugar added)

All of the above are about as easy as it gets, but the main key for me is having WAY too much water. It'll make you feel full much quicker.

PS get a good tasting protein powder. So many guys either buy the first powder they see or buy a terrible tasting one because it has 2g less of carbs. Just find a good tasting one and you'll find you actually eat it way more. (Vega's chocolate tastes damn good).

Oct 26, 2018

I'm a fan of wholesome food - freshmealplan.com is a great service and they offer smaller meals and customization based on your dietary needs

Oct 26, 2018

I take a half a banana, then cut it length wise to have a flat surface. Cover that with peanut butter, honey and cinnamon, tastes great.

Oct 26, 2018

stay the fk away from processed carbs and sugary snacks.

king size bag of unsalted almonds and a bag of clementines.

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Oct 26, 2018

I'm a big fan of carrots. They are easy to eat, don't require any peeling, don't leave crumbs anywhere, and certainly good for you.

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Oct 26, 2018

A few suggestions that have been helpful to me. First, someone above mentioned a shake. I have a 16oz smoothie every day and have half mid-morning and the other half mid-afternoon. The smoothie varies somewhat but generally consists of a banana, probably 2-3 cups of tightly packed baby spinach or kale, probably about a cup and a half of frozen blueberries, about a cup of frozen blackberries, two teaspoons of matcha, one or two tablespoons of ground flax seeds, about a 1 teaspoon of turmeric and several grinds of black pepper. (Note, this recipe makes 32oz, so basically two days worth of smoothies. Also, I say approximately for these things because I don't measure.)

Second, a few people mentioned various varieties of nuts. I would second that and say specifically walnuts. Walnuts are a good plant based source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Plus, they're easier on your teeth than almonds.

Third, chia seed pudding with some peanut butter. Make it the night before by soaking chia seeds in your preferred milk, put some peanut butter on it the morning of.

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Oct 27, 2018

Random question - what do you use to make your shakes?

I had a juicer, but cleaning it was a bitch (and yield wasn't great). I've also tried a blender, but it never quite worked the way I'd like.

Also a tip, if you're using something strong like a juicer or a top notch blender I recommend some carrots. I dont really eat carrots, but carrot juice is a good/sweet base.

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Oct 29, 2018

Yeah I use a blender. It's true, if it's not a quality blender it's a pain. I have a Cuisinart something or other model. If you have something like a Vitamix then you can blend pretty much anything, but those things are really expensive. The blender I have works well enough for these but I find a small coffee grinder to be more efficient for grinding the flax seeds beforehand. Carrots are a good idea. I'll have to give that a try.

Oct 30, 2018

Cool.

Yeah, investing in the top notch blender is the way to go. I'm half-chewing raw spinach when I make mine in my cheap ass blender, but that's still more sustainable than the juicer because cleaning that was a project.

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Oct 26, 2018

Almonds, Bananas, Apple w/Peanut Butter, Dates, or Oatmeal w/fruit - my go-to snacks pre-dinner/pre-workout

Oct 27, 2018

I like to enjoy avocado toast prior to endeavoring on the on the latest sjw escapade. It's easy to handle with a megaphone in the other hand.

If I'm going to be standing in the street blocking traffic, nothing beats a kale smoothie since it's as easy to clean off the hood of an f150 as it is my wayfarers. If it gets in the beard it be stored for later consumption.

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Oct 27, 2018

costo sized jar of mixed nuts, coffee and jerky and La Croix

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