Everything does not work for everyone. And that’s completely ok.
There are lots of things that you can eat to help your health no matter what you are doing, but how do you find out what things work for your specific lifestyle?
That’s a huge unanswered question. I get it and I hear you because I felt the same way.
But how do you even quantify your “lifestyle”? What food can supplement your life while still maintaining the immovable objects such as your job?
Well honestly you can’t really “type” a lifestyle but you can weigh key factors in your physical health that are directly affected by your lifestyle. Then use those to determine what foods are best for you.
To put it succinctly: you use the frequency of commonplace everyday activities as a measuring tool. That sounded a little complicated I know, but see what I mean below.
You can gauge your lifestyle based on four categories (within the realm of physical health):
- Water/Hydration– How much you hydrate your body
- Nutritional Density- The Nutrients, salts, fats, fiber, and sugars that make up your diet
- Sleep Quality/Quantity- The frequency and quality of your sleep
- Movement Level- Your level of physical activity
These are the main factors that determine how you should custom tailor your diet to fit your needs. In this post we will just cover healthy snacks for each one, but you can do this type of system for all your large meals also.
We will review 3 snacks for each factor, that can be used and applied easily to each type of lifestyle easily.
If your problem is not getting enough water, then try eating snacks with a lot of fruits/veggies with a high water content. But you don’t have to sacrifice flavor.
My Recommendation: Watermelon Sorbet
Yes. Feel free to reward yourself for your hard work with a tasty dessert sorbet. What makes this snack perfect is not only it’s amazing taste, but also the fact that it’s made of just watermelon and lime juice.
A great recipe for this is here by ‘A Sweet Pea Chef’.
If you get a moderate amount of water, but want to get more in your diet that’s feasible also. This one is super fresh, refreshing, and feels like you just drank a cool glass of water every time.
My Recommendation: Cucumber Tomato Corn Salad
I myself use this recipe when I am sitting around the house and want a fresh feel-good nibble with different textures and flavors. I often make this one at the beginning of the week and snack on it as needed. I just scoop it out of the bowl, sprinkle some raisins on there, and engorge happily.
The recipe I use is by ‘The Blond Cook’ and it is here.
Bonus: Chocolate Drizzled Walnut Strawberries
Strawberries have the most water content of any fruit right behind watermelon. Aside form being that, it is also super delicious by themselves, walnuts and chocolate only add to the fun.
A great recipe is here by Lettuce Thrive.
High Salt Diet:
Replace those artificial salts with the ones in vegetables and fruits.
My Recommendation: Stuffed Celery Peanut Butter Boats
Celery & Peanut Butter is a great snack for those who want something a little denser yet still refreshing and nutritious. Peanut Butter and Celery both have a high adequate amount of salt in them in comparison their legume and veggie counterparts. This one hits all of those marks with flying colors. I usually keep a bag of chopped celery in my refrigerator and I always have a jar of peanut butter in my house. So it’s ready 24/7. Also I like to add a sprinkle of raisins on top.
Here’s inspiration for this snack from Weight Watchers here.
High Sugar Diet:
Like the salts, replace them with natural sugars instead of artificial ones.
My Recommendation: Date Crunchies
Date Crunchies are for those of us who have a sweet tooth, but are trying to be reformed. Treat yourself to this dessert snack at any time throughout the day. These are also weighty and you can easily feel satisfied with two or three.
A great recipe is here from ‘Sify Bawarchi’.
Healthy fats are so prevalent in healthy snacks; there are so many satisfying options. They will not have the detrimental effects the artificial ones do.
My Recommendation: Peanut Butter Larabars
These Peanut Butter Larabars technically cross over with natural sugars because it includes dates. So here you get a two in one. These bars are weighty and defiantly can be compared to the store-bought versions of these. This is super grab and go recipe.
This recipe is absolutely amazing. It from Fit Foodie Finds here.
If you have problems with sleep quality and sleeping too lightly, bananas are great at enforcing the body’s circadian rhythm which encourages deeper quality sleep cycles.
My Recommendation: Banana Chips
These are a crunchy, great, and completely ready at all times. There’s a great recipe here from Archana’s kitchen.
Sometimes you have problems falling asleep and staying asleep.
My Recommendation: Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
Dark chocolate and Almonds both help separately but together, they are a delicious dessert that will make your rest faster and longer.
Almonds are great at increasing Serotonin in the body. Eating them will help you fall asleep faster, and longer if you have problems with restlessness at night. Dark chocolate is also great for encouraging relaxation within the nervous system and digestive system, which are most times the very things that are keeping you awake. This snack is amazing and helps you be able to sleep faster and better.
Yes you can make these in the store but you can also do it yourself with these recipe here from ‘She loves Biscotti’.
You honestly can’t help it if your job requires you to sit for a longer amount of time. It is ok and you can work your snacks to still work for you.
My Recommendation: Spirulina Energy Balls
Everyone loves energy without guilt. This one is perfect for that, and also includes a superfood that has lots of nutrients to help your focus, metabolism, and circulation. These energy bites are decadent, will give you energy, and help your mind focus throughout your day.
These are easy to make in large batches. You can throw 4-5 of them in a sandwich bag and travel along your day. They are satisfying and dense so you won’t feel like you have nothing on your stomach.
The recipe I used is here by ‘Spinach 4 Breakfast’. It’s dense, delicious, nutritious and portable.
If you live an active lifestyle, that’s absolutely amazing. You would probably want a snack to continue to power your amazing life with deliciousness and pleasure. Look no further.
My Recommendation: Peanut Butter Energy Balls
These are also amazing. The difference between these and the other ones is that this one has a little higher fats and salts in it. These might not be the best to engorge on for someone that has a more sedentary lifestyle. They have all the benefits of the previous recipe, with more peanuty flavor.
The recipe I use is here by ‘The Endless Meal’.
Honestly, though one has a slight preference over the other, they are still mostly interchangeable.
You should never feel guilty about the way you live as long as you honestly feel like it’s working for you in all facets of your life. Just make sure you’re honest about it.
From now on you’ll be able to choose foods and snacks that will work work cohesively different factors of your lifestyle and choose them yourself because no one else can do it better than you.
Live well, eat well, and enjoy the life you live! Whatever it is!
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