12 CrossFit Snacks – That Won’t Leave You Hungry!
If you find yourself reaching for the cookie jar in between meals or are so busy with your job or home life that you occasionally end up skipping meals then having a list of good healthy snacks available is crucial.
If you have gone to the effort to set out a healthy meal plan for yourself then part of that plan should contain several different snacks to have a hand when you need them.
A good diet for CrossFit is based around wholesome, healthy foods with little or no processed junk. Where most people tend to fall of the healthy wagon is at snack time.
Our list if CrossFit snacks below are virtually guilt free!
The following list of snacks for CrossFit are perfect for quelling hunger pangs between meals or can make a great pre-workout meal to help fuel you WOD's.
Packed full of potassium and light on the stomach a banana is a perfect pre-workout snack.
If you are gasing out on some of your more intense workouts or are mixing in some long runs for added endurance then the little extra sugar from a banana in your diet is only going to help.
2. Hard Boiled Eggs
Nature's most perfect protein ball, the hard boiled egg is simple to prepare, easy to store and one of the easiest ways to keep a constant supply of amino acids between meals without having to resort to heavily processed powders.
3. Beef Jerky
When buying your Jerky try to buy the brand with the least amount of additives and preservatives. Different flavors can really make things interesting. Just be sure to buy the highest quality Jerky you can find.
Jerky provides a nice little protein and fat boost especially if you are bored of eggs.
4. Carrot Sticks with Dip
Carrots make a great snack and are a fantastic way to get more natural fiber into your diet. They are nice and crunchy and are a perfect match to most dips.
Guacamole, hummus and salsa are the perfect dips to dip your carrots in. Always try to make homemade as store bought ones are full of nasty preservatives and the guacamole in particular is super easy to make.
Few things make for as delicious a snack as a crunchy apple. Try to vary the varieties that you try and if possible buy organic. If you can't find organic apples then make sure to wash your apples thoroughly as the skin can contain traces of pesticides.
6. Sliced Veggies
Similarly to the carrots above raw vegetables are one of the healthiest snacks you can have especially if accompanied by hummus or guacamole. Either wash your veg really well or remove the skin depending on what kind it is.
- Sliced bell peppers
7. Mixed Berries
Crammed full of antioxidants and generally low on the glycemic index berries are not only healthy they are pretty tasty too.
8. Mixed Nuts
Although nuts are quite a calorie dense food the can still be used for snacking on provided that you keep the portion sizes small. Try to choose unsalted nuts. A great way to flavor nuts is to add a small amount of your favorite spice to them.
The all time classic breakfast of champions oatmeal if soaked overnight in advance is one of the best sources of carbs to snack on. Combined with some mixed berries and topped with a few chopped nuts and honey it is seriously Moorish.
A simple can of tuna is the perfect little protein hit throughout the day. Combined with some finely chopped vegetables and add a little olive oil based dressing and the once boring tuna is transformed.
11. Paleo Protein Bars
I always keep of few of these in my gym bag and in the glove box of the car for emergencies. Although I wouldn't advocate snacking on pre-made bars everyday they can be a lifesaver if you lead a super busy life. Be sure to check all the ingredients on the label.
12. Smoked Salmon
A small single serving of smoked salmon with a little fresh lemon juice squeezed over it is a perfect snack for those that are following a strict Keto diet. A healthy dose of protein and lots of omega acids for aging joints.