The Eat Clean Diet is more of a lifestyle than a diet, so a repertoire of tasty snacks that satisfy is key if you plan to stick with this healthy way of eating. Choose foods that curb your cravings and don’t break the calorie bank.
Eating Clean means that you are choosing foods that are closer to nature, and eliminating unnatural foods, like refined sugar and processed foods; and choosing healthy, lean protein choices and complex carbohydrates. Fruits, veggies, lean meats and fish, and complex carbs like legumes, brown rice and whole-grain foods (think oatmeal) are staples of this body-altering lifestyle. Here are six tasty snack ideas for the Eat-Clean diet.
1. Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp are extremely low in calories and high in protein. Boil medium sized shrimp after peeling and removing the vein, until they turn pink and are cooked through. Serve with 3 tablespoons of natural, organic pasta sauce mixed with 1tsp – 1/2 tbsp horseradish, depending on how spicy you like your food.
2. Greek Yogurt and Fruit
Greek Yogurt is much more satisfying than traditional yogurt. The low-fat variety generally has only a few extra calories, but a double dose of protein and a more pleasing texture. Sweeten up the plain version with some antioxidant rich berries like blueberries, blackberries, or sliced strawberries. Drizzle with 1 tsp honey if you want it a bit sweeter!
3. Mediterranean Appetizer
Lighten up some Greek yogurt sauce, or tzatziki, and nosh it as a veggie dip or with whole wheat pita triangles. Mix low-fat Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup minced cucumber, 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley and squeeze in the juice of 1/2 lemon. A little dill will give it an extra punch, too. For a thicker dip, drain the yogurt in a cheesecloth or spread it out on a pile of 3 paper towels and let sit for a few minutes. Additionally, try placing the cucumber in a colander and letting sit for 1/2 hour or so. Pair the tzatziki with 2 tbsp hummus on the side for a little variety!
4. Baked Apples
Sometimes you just need a little something sweet. Chop an apple and place in a microwave safe bowl. Top with cinnamon, and stir. Add 1 tbsp water and microwave for 2 minutes. Apples will be soft (and hot!) when they are done. Top the mixture with a tsp chopped almonds for a dessert that tastes like apple pie!
The sushi bar staple makes a great snack that can last for days in the fridge. Boil a bag of frozen soybeans and and enjoy them a cup at a time. The dose of protein and healthy fats will keep you full, satisfied, and fueled for your day.
6. Fruit Salad
Add slices of one pear, one apple, one nectarine or peach, one cup melon (watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew) and berries–squeeze the juice of half of a lemon on top. Keep the rest of the fruit salad in the fridge for a tasty addition to breakfast. The variety of textures makes this seem more like an indulgence than a healthy snack!