Sue’s Snack List

Ever have those moments when you waited just a bit too long to eat and you are wondering if you should pour ketchup or mustard on your arm before you start chewing on it (mustard is way more THM-Friendly, by the way!)? You know, the times when even the thought of the wait in a drive-thru line is just too much? This Drive Thru Sue is all too familiar with that feeling and it drives me NUTS!

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That was really dorky, I know, but I could not help myself!  Anyway, when I get busy at work, I admit that I sometimes forget to eat, and by the time I come out of my fog, I’m STARVING. For times like those, I like to have a good idea of a quick snack I can grab without really thinking about it.  I don’t wanna have to cook, even in the microwave. And I don’t want any extensive preparation – I want to be able to eat pretty much immediately. I used to just grab whatever I could find, but I’m trying to be a more mindful eater now.  Plus, I want to make sure that I’m not crossing over and eating a different fuel too close to another meal.  So, in order to make things easier (remember, my goal is pretty much always quick and easy!), I made this little snack list to help me out when my mind is too foggy to even think through my food options and make sure I’m following Trim Healthy Mama principles.

You’ll notice in this list that there are a few things (like boiled eggs and skinny chocolate) that actually do take some prep time.  However, I prepare these items (yes, even the pancakes and overnight oats) in bulk and I generally always have them in my fridge or freezer. I don’t – ever – prepare TH pancakes or skinny chocolate from scratch when I am starving.  no way, no how!  And I do occasionally have MIMs or slick-trick puddings or special agent brownies for my snack.  But those are not things that I always have made up and in my fridge, so they are not on my list.  Cause then I’d be lost if I needed a snack and none of them were ready.  I want easy.  I want convenient.  I want a list that I can count on to work for me on any given day, so things I make occasionally aren’t listed.  But if you’ve got a master MIM mix and that’s your go-to, then I’d put a MIM at the top of your S list!

You may also notice that items in the S and E lists might actually fit the number guidelines to be FP.  I get that, I do.  But it’s a slippery slope for me to take an item that is in my mind inherently an S or an E and make the numbers work, especially when I am hungry and my measurements or math might be sloppy (or non-existent, let’s be honest). So even though a single egg might technically fit the number guidelines for FP, in my mind I need to keep it an S.  And that way I can have 2 if I need them ;-)

Anyway, without further ado, here’s my go-to snack list:

S snacks
a boiled egg
peanuts in the shell
a piece of beef jerky
pistachios in the shell
an ounce of any cheese
a small handful of almonds
a Quest bar or Aldi low-carb bar
Celery with natural peanut butter
skinny chocolate dipped in peanut butter
a couple squares of 85+% dark chocolate
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E Snacks
a cup of baby carrots
an orange with a light cheesestick
2-3 cups of popcorn w/ 1 tsp of coconut oil
overnight oats with extra oats and raspberries
1 or 2 THM pancakes with Polaner’s all fruit spread
1 piece of Deutsche Kuche bread with cottage cheese
a small serving of Uncle Sam’s cereal with almond milk
an apple with 1 tsp of peanut butter or a light cheesestick
1 piece of sprouted toast with sweet yogurt cheese spread
1/2 cup of black beans with a bit of greek yogurt and some salsa
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FP Snacks
low-carb tortilla with lean turkey and laughing cow
low-carb tortilla with sweet yogurt cheese spread
sliced cucumbers with salt and pepper
turkey roll-ups with light string cheese
2 Wasa crackers with laughing cow
overnight oats with raspberries
a stick of light string cheese
greek yogurt and berries
bell pepper strips
a dill pickle
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This snack list works for me because it includes foods that I enjoy and that I always have on hand.  If you hate cucumbers, replace it with something else! Love raw broccoli?  Put it on your list! The whole point is to make THM work for you individually – you don’t have to use exactly my snack list, but really, having a super-easy snack list of some kind will help immensely when you are hungry and fuzzy-headed and have forgotten when and what you last ate!

I’m linking up to Trim Healthy Tuesday over at Gwen’s Nest and Stacy Makes Cents – head on over there and see what other goodies might work on your own snack list!

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18 thoughts on “Sue’s Snack List

    • Aldi is a grocery store here – they sell their own brand of low-carb bars equivalent to the Atkins ones. They are not 100% plan-friendly, but they are way better than a sugar-filled chocolate bar!

  1. I have a question about the QUEST bars (realizing that packaged protein bars are not ideal, but the QUEST seem to be the best option!). I’ve wondered if they could be FP. You put them in the S category. Just wondering why you chose that. Total Fat: 6 g. Net Carbs: 7g. I read somewhere that being one gram of fat over was close enough. Just wondering what your thoughts were :) Thanks!

    • I agree that Quest bars are a great option! I don’t eat them a whole lot, but the ones I had were 6 grams of fat and 2 net carbs. Some have different stats, but I keep the carbs below 5 grams (personal preference). Since they are 5+ grams of fat per bar, I keep them in the S category – just too dangerous for me to think of them as FP!

    • I strain plain fat-free yogurt for about 24 hours to get a very thick consistency (thicker than greek yogurt). Then I add vanilla, cinnamon, and stevia to make a sweet spreadable cheese – totally yummy!

  2. And by strain, you just plop it in a strainer and let it sit for 24 hours? In the fridge? Thank you! This sounds like something I’d love!!!

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