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Choosing Snacks


Everyone has a go-to snack, yet everyone reaches for something different.
There is the crunchy crowd that’s after chips, pretzels and popcorn. The sweet tooth satisfiers who look for cookies and cake. And a small subset of healthy hunters, who reach for a nice piece of fruit or a cup of yogurt.
While “well-balanced snack” doesn’t have a formal definition, we’ve put together our own criteria of what that could be. First, pick a snack that incorporates two different food groups, one of them being protein. From there, time and portion your snack so that it holds you over until your next meal.
Take a look at the suggestions below to help you choose a snack that provides a variety of nutrients and contributes to your overall eating plan.
If You’re Snacking At Home:
  1. Veggie Snack Plate
    Make a well-rounded plate of 5 pita chips, ½ cup hummus, 1 cup cucumbers and ½ red or green pepper.
  2. Pizza Bites
    Take a mini bagel and top it with sauce and ¼ cup mozzarella cheese. Toss it in the microwave or oven to warm up.
  3. Greek Yogurt
    Grab a 4-6 oz Greek yogurt and top it with 1 tbsp nuts.
  4. Overnight Oats
    Make your own Lean Shake overnight oats and enjoy 1/2 cup as a snack.
  5. Meat Snack Plate
    Make a well-rounded plate of 2 oz rolled turkey breast, 1 oz sliced cheese, ½ cup grapes, ½ cup raw veggies (peppers, cherry tomatoes or cucumbers) and 5 olives.
  6. Ricotta Toast
    Toast a slice of whole grain bread and top with ¼ cup ricotta cheese and 2 sliced strawberries.
  7. Chicken Bruschetta
    On two slices of toasted French bread, place 2 oz diced grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, onion, ½ oz shaved parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Drizzle with olive oil.
  8. Half sandwich
    On whole wheat bread, make a turkey and cheese sandwich. Cut it in half to enjoy it as a snack on two separate days. Add some baby carrots on the side.
  9. Sweet Potato Spinach Soup
    Make a pot of soup and then enjoy a cup as a snack.
  10. Protein Shake
    Utilize one of the many Lean Shake varieties to enjoy as a snack or incorporate into a smoothie.
If You’re Snacking On The Go:
  1. Jerky
    Enjoy 2 oz beef jerky and an orange.
  2. Lean Bar
    Grab a box of Lean Bars and have them handy for snack time.
  3. Lean Shake
    Pick up either a Lean Shake drink or powder container.
  4. Cheese & Fruit
    Enjoy two string cheeses with an apple.
  5. Greek Yogurt
    Grab a 4-6 oz Greek yogurt and top it with 1 tbsp nuts.
  6. Muffin
    Make a batch of protein-packed flaxseed muffins and enjoy one as a snack.
  7. Half Sandwich
    On whole wheat bread, make a ham and Swiss cheese sandwich. Cut it in half to enjoy it as a snack on two separate days. Add a banana on the side.
  8. Cottage Cheese
    Take a ½ cup cottage cheese and toss in your favorite fruit.
  9. Crackers & Cheese
    Enjoy 5-6 whole-grain crackers with 1 oz cheese.
  10. Egg
    Make a pot of hard-boiled eggs, and when you need a snack, grab one egg and enjoy with a piece of fruit.

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