As I’ve become more in tune with my body, I’ve realized how important snacks are to get me through the day. I remember trying to avoid snacks when I was younger in an attempt to save calories (eye roll), but now I realize that a well-rounded snack can keep me from feeling hangry later. Because I have a much longer gap in between lunch and dinner than I do between breakfast and lunch, I usually need an afternoon snack. It’s important to me that this snack is simple, or else I’ll just reach for a convenience item that might not be as wholesome. There are a few different criteria that I look for in a good snack. The first is that it contains both protein and carbs. The protein helps to keep me fuller longer than an hour and the carbs help with the satisfaction factor (because this girl loves her carbs). Protein might include nuts or seeds, a hard boiled egg, hummus, beans, or some lower sugar Greek yogurt. Carbs may include fruit, crackers, or a piece of whole grain toast. Unsaturated fats are an added bonus because they add a little more staying power and often enhance the taste. Some examples of foods that contain these healthy fats include nuts, avocado, hummus (from the tahini), or fish such as smoked salmon. Many of these foods such as fruit, nuts, beans, and whole grains also contain fiber which gives the snack a little extra staying power.
I tend to gravitate more towards savory snacks, meaning I much prefer crunchy and salty things more than sweet. The market is saturated with highly processed savory snacks that rank pretty low in nutrient content, which is one of the reasons I was so excited when I discovered Simple Mills almond flour crackers. They have truly been my snacking obsession recently thanks to the amazing taste and the on-point ingredient list. They have the perfect blend of protein, carbs, and fat- the macronutrient trifecta to keep me full and satisfied. Each generous 17 cracker serving contains 3 grams of protein and 8 grams of mostly unsaturated fat thanks to their unique nut and seed flour blend. Check out the ingredient panel here!
Something else I love about Simple Mills almond flour crackers is that they sell them at Whole Foods, which means I can get them no matter where I am. They make such a great travel snack. I was in Chicago last weekend for my sister’s bachelorette party and was able to grab some at her local Whole Foods. We had an epic brunch spread including Simple Mills almond flour crackers with hummus, mashed avocado, and almond milk cream cheese among many other breakfast foods!
I’m not above eating these babies straight from the box, but when you’re looking for something a little extra, then these crackers stacks make an awesome snack. They’re super versatile and can be improvised based on whatever you have in the fridge. I love pairing them with a savory spread and some vegetables. You can also make a sweeter version with fruit and your sweetener or choice. Check out these combos I put together below:
Almond milk cream cheese with cucumber, smoked salmon, and everything but the bagel seasoning. Make it vegan by removing the smoked salmon or using carrot lox.
Vegan ricotta, pesto, and red pepper flakes. This one is deliciously simple, and would also be delicious with a crunchy vegetable like radishes.
PB&J cracker stack with peanut butter and strawberry chia jam. Substitute almond or cashew butter if peanut butter isn't your favorite! The chia jam is about 6 strawberries (pureed) with 1/2 tablespoon of chia seeds- let it set overnight.
Strawberry caprese cracker stack with vegan ricotta, strawberries, and basil. Use vegan mozzarella if you can find it. This is also amazing with a little balsamic glaze!