Just as eating healthy, filling, and complete meals are essential to the athlete, healthy snacking is too. Healthy snacking is a good way to fit extra nutrients into your diet and prevent overeating during meals. Listed below are some of my favorite healthy (and cheap) snacks I eat not only in between meals, but sometimes before games to give me that extra energy.
Bear Naked Granola
Bear Naked’s Original Cinnamon Bearly Processed Granola is my new favorite snack. During September, when I started lifting weights again during my basketball preseason, I was looking to build my lost muscle from not lifting all summer. I needed to incorporate more protein into my diet to help me build amino acids to help retain muscle. I looked for protein-filled alternatives to protein shakes, because the shakes can tend to be heavy on my stomach and can be jam packed with sugar (which causes me breakouts). I was then introduced the Bear Naked Granola by my strength and conditioning coach. It is fantastic!!! It a delicious collection of whole grain oats, honey, cranberries, and sunflower seeds, which collectively packs in 10 grams of protein per serving. This cost usually costs me $2.50-3.00.
Yoplait Yogurt Lite
Yoplait Yogurt Lite are my favorite types of yogurt, period. I have always ate them, even throughout my childhood. I just started eating the light versions of these delicious yogurt for obvious reasons— it has less sugar, no fat, and less worries. They are easy to take on the go and great for the mornings. Pictured above are some of my favorite flavors; from left to right includes Very Vanilla, Key Lime Pie, and Very Cherry. My other favorite flavors are Harvest Peach, Red Velvet Cupcake, and Blueberry Patch. For a delicious protein-packed yogurt parfait, top with this yogurt with Bear Naked Granola, and all together you will get a whopping 15 grams of protein! These yogurts usually go for $.20 a piece, or 10 for $2.
Chocolate Graham Crackers
Honey Maid’s Chocolate Graham Crackers are a new take on your traditional graham crackers. I love these graham crackers, because besides tasting great, they are my substitute for more sugary and fattening chocolate cookies, like Oreos or chocolate chip cookies. They have only 8g of sugar per serving, contain 8g of whole grain, and even have a little bit of fiber for a healthy digestive tract. They also taste great crumbled over vanilla yogurt, ice cream, and are great for smores when you want that extra dab of chocolate! This box usually sells for $2.
Fuji Apples are my favorite type of apple. It’s not too tart, and it is not too sweet; it is the happy medium. Eating these are great for getting a little extra energy before practice, and they are great for the the mornings! Having an apple in the morning is just as effective as drinking a small cup of coffee. Eating more great tasting apples like these also can add more water to your diet, as part of daily water intake includes the water content in the fruits and vegetables that you eat. Prices may vary.