Thursday, April 26, 2012

Snack Attack

Ask anyone who knows me, when I am hungry, it’s time to feed the beast!  I get extra cranky and irritable.  So now instead of heading to Sonic for a Happy Hour run or raiding my co-workers candy bowl, I have a back-up plan.  I keep snacks in my gymbag, the glove box in my car, Brian’s car and my desk at work.  There is a reason that the shelf life on a twinkie is about 10 years, do you want that sitting in your belly or thighs for 10 years?  I sure don’t!  So clear out that dusty snack pack and candy bar and replace them with a healthy option.  Ideally it’s best to eat fresh fruit or vegetables but if I can’t get to a store, I need to have something on hand to hold me over.  Here’s my favorites.

Larabars-Seriously they are amazing and only have 2-4 ingredients and are each about 200 calories.  They are usually about $1.50 a bar, but most stores put them on sale every other month or so.  When I can get them for a $1 each I stock up with at least 20!  My favorites are pecan pie, chocolate mint and chocolate chip cookie dough.  They have about 20 flavors and have a shelf life of about 6 months.  These are PERFECT to slip in your purse when you are traveling, camping or anywhere you can’t tote fresh produce easily.  On mornings when I don’t have time to make eggs for breakfast these are a perfect replacement and provide me with enough nutrition and energy to get me going. 

Funky Monkey Freeze Dried Fruit-I have seen these at Super Target, and I buy them by the case on Amazon.  My favorite is the Bananamon (Banana with cinnamon).  Each bag has 1 serving of fruit and about 50 calories.  Dried fruit is usually very high in sugar, but freeze dried is really crunchy/crispy.  Remember the astronaut ice cream you used to get on museum field trips as a kid?  It’s like that!!  Except it’s organic, fat free and no sugar added. 

I’m always looking to add options, what are your favorite go to snacks??   


  1. I love homemade pita chips and hummus!

  2. Cashews are my go-to snack. I'm going to have to try the Funky Monkey Freeze Dried Fruit, sounds yummy.