January is all about starting over. As my gut is still recovering from my chocolate overload in December (and I’ve got a wedding to prep for), I’ve needed to momentarily retreat to the healthier side of life. One of my biggest issues is snacking, especially when I’m at work. Instead of reaching for 5 million M&M’s, I’ve had to figure out snacks that are super easy to either prepare ahead or are filling snacks I can buy in the store. Not all of these are the healthiest things in the world, but they are much better for you than grabbing Spicy Nacho Doritos or a cookie. Enjoy! x
So this is actually my favorite snack no matter what time of year or lifestyle I am gunning for. This is definitely the least healthy and most dangerous of the bunch but it’s a crowd pleaser and a great way to get your veggie intake for the day. I love to eat carrots, Pretzel Crisps, and broccoli with this dip. It’s super easy to whip up and will definitely keep you dreaming about dill all week.
(serves about 10 at a party… good for one person throughout the week)
1 cup Mayonnaise (told you, not that healthy)
1 cup Sour cream (don’t judge!)
1 teaspoon Beau Monde seasoning
1 teaspoon dried parsley (aka not from your garden)
1 tablespoon dried dill (or to taste… I use like 3x this much because I am addicted to dill)
- Put in the mayonnaise and sour cream in a bowl first and make sure they are stirred together well. You want it to look more like a thick sour cream than the yellow that sometimes comes with mayonnaise.
- Put in the spices and… enjoy!
We all know what hummus is… but do you know what the hummus is? Trader Joe’s Three Layer Hummus is the best hummus I have ever eaten in my entire life. The first layer is a traditional hummus, the second is jalapeno and cilantro, and the third is a spicy hummus. Dipping a pepper or a long pretzel in it and getting all three layers… to die for. If you don’t have access to a Trader Joe’s, regular hummus is still a great alternative to a French Onion Dip and potato chips (sort of).
Yogurt and Granola
This works great as a breakfast, a second breakfast, a snack, or a dessert. My favorite yogurt is Greek and I firmly believe Chobani makes the best Greek (or non-Greek) yogurt ever. There is a good amount of protein in Greek yogurt and Chobani has excellent flavors that make you forget you’re eating something that’s really good for you. Throw in some granola… and you’re sold. My current favorite combination: Chobani Key Lime yogurt with cinnamon granola… it’s almost like I’m eating pie.
This is my favorite way to get protein when I’m trying to be on the healthy side. They’re easy to make and easy to keep in your fridge throughout the week whenever you’re feeling a bit peckish (the British term for hungry). This is kind of self-explanatory and simple, but I just really like them.
Skinny Pop popcorn
This is my favorite snack of all time mostly because popcorn is my favorite thing ever. While it’s not movie theatre popcorn, it’s a decent sized and yummy snack that’s only 100 calories. Having two bags makes me not feel guilty and I actually crave this snack. This is the best store-bought snack out there (in my humble opinion)!
Sweet Potato Chips and Salsa
I’ll be real… I can’t stand store-bought sala. I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to salsa only because my mom makes the best salsa and the Mexican restaurant by my house also makes amazing salsa that you can take away. And let me tell you… sweet potato chips are the best things ever to eat salsa with. They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty and go amazing with anything you would normally eat a tortilla chip with. They are such an amazing alternative to the normal flour tortilla chips!
I hope you all enjoyed my favorite “healthy” snacks! January is always the best time to kick off taking care of your body a little better. But also remember that dark chocolate can be healthy sometimes too. 😉 x