20 Healthy & Delicious Power Snacks To Fuel Your Day // The Spicy RDAs promised…Part 2 of my smart snacking series for all of us big kids adults!

Smart Snacking Strategies for Big Kids {Adults}

  • Pay attention to your body’s signals {hunger level, mood, energy level, ability to focus and concentrate on work, etc}, instead of watching the clock to tell you when to eat.
  • Keep your body well fueled so you can power through your day with snacks or mini-meals that contain a healthy balance of protein, complex carbohydrates, and fat.  Oh, and just like you’ve been telling your kids {should you have any}, don’t forget the veggies and fruit!
  • Forget what your mother-sorry Mom!- {or anyone else} told you about how you MUST eat 3 meals a day, or how the key to weight management is eating 6 small meals throughout the day.  Today’s best dietary advice is personalized to YOUR OWN lifestyle, health, and feelings of well-being! Some people feel better eating mini meals throughout the day, while others, such as myself, prefer to eat 3 main meals, then add in a snack or two when hungry.  I also like to keep my lunch light {otherwise I need a mid-day siesta!}, so by the time my kids get home from school and are ready to begin home work or be shuttled to and from sports, I am ready for a mini meal, to fuel me until dinner, which often isn’t until 7 pm or later these days.
  • Learn what an appropriate serving size is, especially for healthy, yet caloric snacks such as nuts, cheese, dried fruit, and chocolate.  Once you become familiar with this {a digital scale is a great teaching tool!}, you’ll be less likely to “snack mindlessly” and overindulge. Still hungry after your snack? Munch on some veggies and have a drink…of water or tea!

Fresh Figs w/ Goat Cheese & Toasted Nuts // The Spicy RDSo simple and delicious…Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese & Toasted Nuts!

10 Super Delicious, Healthy Spicy RD Snacks You’ll Love

Blueberry Orange Kale Smoothie // The Spicy RDLove this blueberry orange kale smoothie!

Note: All of these recipes are gluten-free and vegetarian.  Many are vegan as well including: Blueberry Orange Kale Smoothie {if vegan protein powder is used}, Spicy Pistachio Harissa Pesto, Maple Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Pecan Cookie Dough Bites, Fresh Veggie Juice {serve w/ vegan cheese}, Easy Homemade Hummus, and Sub Tropical Smoothie {made w/ vegan protein powder}.

10 More Super Delicious, Healthy Snacks You’ll Love

Tropical Granola with Macadamia Nuts, Coconut, & Ginger // The Spicy RDKeep a stash of this tropical homemade granola on hand to sprinkle on top of Greek yogurt with fresh fruit!

Whew!  Lot’s of yummy snack ideas, right???

If you want even more smart snacking ideas, be sure and follow my healthy snacking board on Pinterest, as I regularly update it with lots of healthy & delicious snacks!

I think I’ll leave it at that for now, since it’s late, I’m tired, and all I want to do right now is climb in to bed and watch a little bit of my newest addiction…Breaking Bad!

Which of these snack ideas would you like to try the most? Are you a 3 meals plus a snack eater, or a 6 mini meals/day kind of eater? Anyone else addicted to Breaking Bad???

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  1. You always have the best recipe round ups! Thank you for including mine ;). I used to just eat 2 meals a day, but those meals were HUGE since I felt famished by then. This was my life before studying nutrition haha. Now I eat about 6 times a day..3 small meals and 3 snacks w/good source of protein and carbs. Lately ice cream has taken place of 1 of those snacks..hey, everything in moderation, right? 😉 I must make the triple pepper and kale dip soon! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. I think deprogramming the “three meals a day” mantra is probably the hardest habit to change. My daughter, for example, grazes and prefers to eat small meals throughout the day. But, school doesn’t really support that concept, do they? Luckily, her 3rd grade teacher still has a snack break (she runs marathons), but my middle schooler inhales an apple while he runs from one class to the next. If only our schools will listen.

  3. I’m actually working on a post about just what you said; there is not one right way to eat!! Ie: if one study shows that you should eat three meals a day, another one says you should eat just one, etc. Well, the bottom line is that it all depends on what works for YOU!
    Thanks for the fabulous recipes!