• Samantha Balkaran

Healthy Snack/Meal Ideas

With all this spare time at home these days, I’ve really been trying to get more fruits and veggies into my daily meals. And I’m sure I’m not the only one trying to eat healthier and include more vitamins and nutrients into their diets!

It’s so easy to reach for those chips and cookies when they’re within site! Or even ordering take-out to make things super convenient.

So instead of opting for unhealthy snacks and greasy, weighed down meals, I’ve been challenging myself to use other options for a lighter, more balanced diet.

Here are a few options I’ve been loving lately for snacks, breakfasts, lunches and dinners! Depending on your hunger levels, you can definitely change these options up to reflect your specific tastes and portion sizes.

Sometimes I find myself not hungry when it’s meal time. And that’s usually the time I’m reaching for a sweet or salty snack. Instead, lately I’ve tried to eat a smaller portion of a meal when this happens. That way I’m satisfying that hunger feeling, while also fueling my body with nutrients that won’t make me feel sluggish after.

Another great tip would be adding in some fresh fruit or veggies on the side of your meal. You’d be surprised by the amount of salad combinations you can come up with! A mini fruit or veggie salad is always a great option as a snack as well. Throw in some croutons for a heartier meal!

The goal of healthier eating isn’t about cutting out all the things you enjoy. You really can consume almost anything within moderation and of course, balance.

Something that I’ve found helpful is having enough food stored in the fridge and pantry to avoid the usual take-out meals. Meal prepping is a great option as well, especially if you’re busy at home or have a larger family. Having fruits and veggies in the fridge/freezer, cooked or seasoned meats ready to go, and extra sides, like rice, pasta and potatoes, can really assist with eating healthier and more balanced meals.

It’s all about figuring out what works for you and sticking to that regime. And don’t be afraid to test out new recipes or recreate take-out meals either ! This is a great way to incorporate healthier food items into your diet, but also, trying out new meals, too!



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