Sensible snacks can be low or high calories, raw or vegan, low carb or high protein? Each person’s preferences/needs can and do vary which makes a sensible snack for one person, not so sensible to the other. Whatever the type, one thing’s for sure, the least processed the better!
For me, marathon training for the past several years meant high carb snacks were king. I’d go through cereal (healthy, whole grain kinds with less than 6g sugar, mind you) like the Cookie Monster with cookies. Check out an old post I wrote confessing my love for simple, healthy cereal here.
Now that I’m not running 70+ miles per week and focusing on strength training, my snacks are more focused around quality protein. Jay Robb recently sent me several whey and egg white protein mixes and bars to sample which were great for work. Liquid snacks like Jay Robb’s healthy protein shakes are instant portion control, delicious, and definitely sensible. Sweetened with all natural stevia you get 25 grams of high quailty chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, tropical dreamsicle, and pina colada portable protein.
I sampled each flavor by mixing with water and ice before leaving work to work out. The whey protein mixed easily and hit the spot in terms of taste and consistency. I imagine these would make a great smoothie base, but I wanted to try them with water to get the true taste of the product. The egg white powders, on the other hand, left a slightly bitter aftertaste that kept me from fully enjoying the mix. Chocolate was my favorite with the dreamsicle at a close second; it's so refreshing in this Texas heat. Given the choice between egg or whey, I say “Go Whey!”
The protein bars come in fudge brownie, peanut butter, and cashew-coconut. All of these provided a very filling snack for in between meals at work and all were a delight to consume. Of the three, cashew-coconut was the most unique and flavorful. I’ve mentioned before, though, that I don’t buy a lot of bars, but if I did, it’d be the cashew-coconut.
Finding high quality protein powders is always hard; it seems so many claim to be healthy, but have crappy artificial sweeteners and oils added. These ingredients have no business in my body, and I fully appreciate Jay Robb’s products for keeping the bad stuff out and good stuff in. Give their whey protein or protein bars a try next time you’re at the store; your body deserves it!
Now, on to what makes this day so special, my WIAW eats! I’d like to thank Jenn over at Peas and Crayons for hosting this fun-filled event. Otherwise, who would know what I ate Wednesday?
Happy What I Ate Wednesday!
Steamed veggies with cayenne and salmon; the celery sticks doubled as my "utensils"; after I was done, I cooled down from the spicy cayenne with a frothy stevia sweetened PB Crave CoCo Bananas coffee frappe.
I ate breakfast pretty late, so I just had some green tea to hold over until lunch.
Crock-pot white bean and veggie stew with rosemary balsamic tilapia; baby carrots; dehydrated okra; double dose of green tea with an apple cinnamon herbal tea mixed in.
Jay Robb Strawberry Whey Protein shake with Strawberry Zevia, strawberries, and rhubarb. This strawberry rhubarb shake was the perfect balance of tangy sweetness and I will have to make this again for a nighttime treat. So refreshing with the little bubbles from Zevia.
Beets and Brussels salad; there was arugula, creminis, and a homemade veggie-lentil puree dressing not pictured, they just look cleaner before I make a big mix; homemade white bean chocolate protein dip with plain non-fat Chobani Greek yogurt and an overnight oat peanut flour microwave muffin...or two : )
There you have it, the last Sensible Snacking post for June. Can you believe it with be the 4th of July for the next WIAW?! Pandemonium, I tell ya!
Do you ever choose sensible liquid snacks instead of solid food?
I enjoy the little cartons of individual sized organic 1% milk from Horizon sometimes. I know it's wayyy more cost effective to buy a full carton of milk and just pour into my own portable cup, but I love just having these in my drawer and being able to chill when I want. Plus, my other favorite, pureed fruit and veggie protein smoothies are a liquid-solid hybrid since I use a spoon. Yum, so comforting!