Hello HHL Readers! My name is Melissa and I am a NYC-based blogger, fitness enthusiast and lover of the delicious food NYC has to offer. After some time away from blogging, I’m back and excited to share my fresh perspective on fitness, health and nutrition. Follow me over at FitnessNYC, if you like reading about fitness studios, workout plans and food — both healthy and indulgent! I’m honored to be guest posting on Ashley’s blog, and today I’d like to share with you some of my favorite quick, healthy and filling snacks.
First up are my mini-meal snacks, which are great when I get home from work famished and I know dinner isn’t until 8pm or later. The three options below are easy to assemble and very satisfying, and they all have fewer calories than your average nutrition bar to boot.
Steamed Vegetables with a Sprinkle of Parmesan
I always have steamed vegetable mixes in my freezer. When I’m cooking a meal, I almost always use fresh produce, but I find that frozen vegetables are great in a pinch and perfect for a quick, hearty snack. I just fill a small or medium bowl with whatever frozen vegetables on hand, sprinkle on whatever grated cheese I have on hand, and toss in a few red pepper flakes. Three minutes in the microwave and I have a snack that will keep me full until dinner every time.
Another quick snack that always takes the edge off my hunger is a tortilla melt. I just put a corn tortilla in a skillet and top it with some cheese and salsa (and some TJs cowboy caviar in this case) and warm it up on the stove until the cheese melts. I find this far more satisfying than a handful of chips and salsa.
Apple and Celery Stuffed Dates
When I have a sweet tooth, nothing satisfies like a fresh date. To make it even more of a treat, I like to stuff the dates with apple, celery and nut butter to add volume and texture. It’s sort of a grown-up version of ants on a log.
When I’m at work, I reach for grab and go snacks that require no preparation. Here are my top three go to options:
I love pistachios. They’ve always been one of my favorite nuts, so I keep a big back at the ready in my office desk. I find these are the perfect option when I’m kind of hungry, but also kind of bored. It takes a while to remove the shell, so unlike most nut snacks, they aren’t gone in a matter of seconds. An ounce of pistachios is 49 nuts, which is twice the amount of many other nuts, so they are a great volume option. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever taken the time to unshell 49 pistachios in one sitting.
Nu-Gu Fiber D’lish Bars
Lately, I’ve been loving these bars when I need something to satisfy my sweet tooth. They are chewy, sweet and packed with fiber.
String cheese is one of my favorite on the go options because it’s available almost everywhere, drug stores, bodegas, convenience stores, it’s my go to when there aren’t a lot of healthy options and I need a small snack.