Step Up Your Snack Game!

Healthy Eating can be quite a challenge. Nearly anyone who has tried to make positive changes to their diet can admit this. As you start to build new habits however, you might find that meals are more manageable, but what do you do when hunger strikes in between meals? For many of us, our workplace has a room similar to this one that begs to answer the question…

The word “Snack” is most often associated with something less healthy, or natural, than a small meal, but keep thinking about how you can form your days around small meals, whether that is 3 or 5 times a day. No matter what though, sometimes you need that fast snack. Here are some great options for you:

Be prepared!

Keep It Simple

Roll a piece of cheese or a pickle in some lunch meat to get a quick protein boost. Look for natural meats without added nitrates and a short ingredient list.

Chia Pudding

Whether for a breakfast or for a snack, chia pudding can fit the bill! Simply combine chia seeds with coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
Get creative by adding protein powder, fresh fruit, cocoa powder…you name it!
Check out the recipe here!

Ellipse Breakfast Muffins

Need a quick breakfast that can be eaten as is or jazzed up? Check out our Classic Ellipse Breakfast Muffins with just oatmeal, egg beaters, applesauce, and baking soda.
Add-On’s: nut butter, yogurt, etc
Add-In’s: fresh or dried fruit
Add-With’s: cottage cheese and fruit!

Need Something Salty?

Try roasted chickpeas! Toss drained chickpeas with olive oil and salt/garlic salt and bake 30-40 minutes at 450 degrees until browned and crispy. Want a little kick? Add a dash of cayenne pepper!

Apples A New Way

Apple Snack

Have a sweet tooth that NEEDS to be tamed NOW? Try slicing an apple all the way across to get full flat circles slices. Spread nut butter on the slice and add toppings like chopped nuts, unsweetened coconut, or even a few dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs.

Make a "Small Meal"

“Crack Slaw” has a great combination of protein, vegetables, and seasonings! The recipe calls for Dole Coleslaw mix but consider using broccoli slaw for an extra vitamin boost! Find it here!

Sweet Craving?

Get your sweet fix by mixing peanut butter (or powdered peanut butter) with plain greek yogurt and maybe even a dash of sugar-free pudding mix to make a great fruit dip!

Snack-Time Chicken Salad by Ellipse

Hi Everyone,

Tired of the same old snacks?  Change it up a bit!   Here’s an easy recipe to make early in the week so that you have several servings for yourself throughout the week.  It tastes great and it is great for you!  You can swap out the chicken for tuna or turkey if you’d prefer.  Serve this chicken salad with whole wheat crackers or wrap it in a whole wheat tortilla!

Snack-Time Chicken Salad

1  13 Oz. Can of Chunk Chicken Breast

4  Baby Carrots, shredded

2  Tbsp. Onion, chopped

3  Tbsp. Non-fat Ranch Salad Dressing

Pepper To Taste

Directions:  Drain chicken and place in a mixing bowl.  With two forks, gently shred the chicken.  Add shredded carrot, chopped onion, salad dressing, and pepper to mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.  Chill for about an hour.

Serves:  3

Total Calories: 109   Carb=5.1g Prot=19g Fat=2.3g

Ellipse Tip:  A couple great brands of salad dressing to try are Walden Farm’s Ranch Dressing or Kraft Non-Fat Ranch Dressing.  This dab of salad dressing adds tons of flavor and the creamy texture that you desire!