Snacks. What a broad category, right? “Snacks” can mean anything from carrot sticks and hummus to potato chips and dip, to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I suppose it depends on the person, their mood, and what time of day it is.
I still snack after surgery, but I make (or at least attempt to make) wiser choices. Since I can only eat so much without feeling incredibly full (and thus sick) I try to stick to high-protein snacks (or mini-meals, if you will). Here are a few of my favorite things, and a few indulgences as well!
Protein shakes: Depending on how hungry I am, this can be a snack or a meal for me. I tend to use this as a snack post-workout and then have another smaller meal later. I mix a serving of protein powder into 2% of fat free Fairlife milk (13 g protein per cup!) and enjoy! My favorite protein powders include FitMiss Vanilla Chai and basically anything Optimum Nutrition. Quest protein powder is pretty good as well, but I find that blending it into a “milkshake” is much tastier (and indulgent) for me. I also drink a lot of Carnation Sugar-Free Breakfast Essentials.
Greek yogurt: I can’t stand plain Greek yogurt (unless I am using it in or on something) so I do buy the fruity flavors. Not the best choice, but most other Greek yogurt makes me gag because it’s so tart! My favorite brands are Fage and Chobani.
Skyr: I’ve actually pretty much switched to skyr. Skyr is Icelandic and has a high protein content like Greek yogurt, but a MUCH less tart taste. I have found the flavors to be good, not super sugary or high in carbs. My favorite brand is Siggi’s!
Cheese: Pretty self-explanatory. I always have some type of cheese in my fridge. I often pair this with a V8 (but not at the same time!).
Cottage cheese: Another staple. You can pair this with a little fruit but I like mine with just a little bit of freshly ground black pepper.
Eggs: Hardboiled is the way to go for me when I want a snack. I actually don’t like egg yolk much, so I just pop those out and voila – snack!
Protein bars: I eat this every so often, they’re pretty filling for me. When I do, they’re usually Quest bars.
Jerky: Beef jerky is a little tough for me, so I buy bacon jerky. It’s a little fattier, but it keeps me satisfied a little bit longer because of that. I don’t eat too much (also because I’m cheap and it’s expensive) but it’s a nice treat! I like to pair with a few almonds.
My ultimate treats:
Lenny and Larry’s Protein Cookie! I cut into quarters and savor over a couple of days (the cookies are massive). Hands down best flavor is Snickerdoodle!
Yasso bars: Greek yogurt ice cream bars! A definite indulgence but so worth it. I buy them every now and then (again, expensive!) and savor it. Best flavor? Mint chocolate chip!
I often pair the above snacks with a side of fruit or veggies, but I eat the protein first. My snacks look a little different these days, but I still enjoy them and honestly NEED them to make it through the day!
A couple tips (note that the last one might not apply to those who have had bariatric surgery!):
- Keep a few snacks in your desk at work (backpack, car, purse, diaper bag, whatever) so you’ve always got one on hand. That way, you’re less likely to hit up a vending machine. I always have a snack in my desk, purse, and car!
- Pack a few high-protein, moderate fat snacks. They’ll help keep you full.
- Don’t be afraid to indulge in a cookie or donut in a while. One sweet isn’t going to derail your progress!
Share with me: what are your favorite snacks?