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One of the most common requests I get are for snack ideas. Everyone has different physiological needs: for some, if you are eating 3 meals a day, you may not need snacks. Others, especially those healing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) may need smaller meals and a couple snacks daily. Try to incorporate a little protein, fiber, and some good fats in your snacks. Here are some good ideas:

*Brown rice bread toast/gluten free bread covered with 1 tbsp hummus or nut butter

*2 poached organic eggs sprinkled with sea salt or dulse flakes

*Smoothies – good for snacks, especially after workouts! A quickie: 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup coconut milk, whey protein powder, 1 tbsp flaxseeds, handful frozen strawberry, honey (if desired). Blend! Add nuts or nut butter to smoothies for extra oomph.

*1 piece fruit and 6-10 nuts or 1 Tablespoon nut or seed butter (tahini)

*Make your own trail mix: Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Chia seeds, goji berries, walnuts, dried cherries
*Nuts – almonds (a higher protein content; soak for 8 hours to remove enzyme inhibitor in the skin), walnuts, brazil nuts and pecans (6-10 nuts per snack). Raw (for their enzymes) and organic are preferred.

*Hummus with carrots or celery or rice crackers or gluten-free crackers (try Mary’s Gone Crackers brand)

*Small cup of coconut soup, chicken soup, or chili

*cup of miso soup

*Sliced organic deli turkey wrapped around avocado

*Rice bread with tahini and apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon, which has been proven to balance blood sugar!

*Leftover chicken with a brown rice or corn tortilla, hummus, avocado

*Make curried chicken salad from leftover chicken (mix safflower mayo, mustard, curry powder, and chopped onions and celery with leftover roast chicken)

*Lox with cucumber, gluten-free or sesame crackers