Thursday’s Thirteen Favorites (Snack edition)

Everyone has those foods they love and eat almost every day…personally, I am a health nut so most of my favorite foods are nutritious (yet also delicious). Reading about other bloggers’ must haves always sparks a light bulb in my brain, so I decided to share some of my favorites as well 🙂

This will be the snack addition to my thursday favorites. Boy do I love snacks! I usually have one snack mid-morning and one in the afternoon, and sometimes I look forward to my snacks more than any of my other meals. You’ll learn if you haven’t already that I LOVE food and am fascinated with new healthy recipes and anything that tastes good.

Favorite snack type foods (in no particular order):

Sunflower seed butter - I discovered this last year and have loved it ever since. It's great with rice cakes, carrots, bananas, and apples. MaraNatha is my favorite brand because there is no added sugar!

Sunflower seed butter – I discovered this last year and have loved it ever since. It’s great with rice cakes, carrots, bananas, and apples. MaraNatha is my favorite brand because there is no added sugar!

Carrots - I am literally obsessed with these babies. I wouldn't be surprised if my skin tone started to look orange because I sometimes eat these 3 times a day! I have them with hummus or a nut butter.

Carrots – I am literally obsessed with these babies. I wouldn’t be surprised if my skin tone started to look orange because I sometimes eat these 3 times a day! I have them with hummus or a nut butter.

Hummus - oh how I love this stuff. This brand (Grandma's) is the best hummus I have ever tasted, and I eat it with carrots, cucumbers, peppers, and on my wraps.

Hummus – oh how I love this stuff. This brand (Grandma’s) is the best hummus I have ever tasted, and I eat it with carrots, cucumbers, peppers, and on my wraps.

Almond butter - this almond butter is homemade! I love making my own almond butter and pairing it with rice cakes, carrots, apples, bananas, or in a smoothie. I will have a future post about how I make my own almond butter.

Almond butter – this almond butter is homemade! I love making my own almond butter and pairing it with rice cakes, carrots, apples, bananas, or in a smoothie. I will have a future post about how I make my own almond butter.

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This is my new favorite snack...my own concoction! It contains a cup of kefir, one apple, cinnamon, 4 drops of stevia, and gluten-free granola. SO good.

This is my new favorite snack…my own concoction! It contains a cup of kefir, one apple, cinnamon, 4 drops of stevia, and gluten-free granola. SO good.

Kefir - this snack goes along with my previous favorite, but I also love to use kefir in smoothies and as a snack with any type of fruit.

Kefir – this snack goes along with my previous favorite, but I also love to use kefir in smoothies and as a snack with any type of fruit.

Cottage cheese - I love to eat my cottage cheese with apples or beans, and this is the best brand because there is no added thickener and it is gluten-free. It also has 11g of protein per 1/2 cup!

Cottage cheese – I love to eat my cottage cheese with apples or beans, and this is the best brand because there is no added thickener and it is gluten-free. It also has 11g of protein per 1/2 cup!

Greek yogurt - this stuff packs in the protein (23 grams per cup!) and tastes great with fruit, cinnamon, granola, and agave/stevia. I also sometimes use it as sour cream on sweet potatoes or in smoothies.

Greek yogurt – this stuff packs in the protein (23 grams per cup!) and tastes great with fruit, cinnamon, granola, and agave/stevia. I also sometimes use it as sour cream on sweet potatoes or in smoothies.

Chai spice decaf tea - although this is technically a drink, I always have it near snack time. I love tea in the afternoon or mid-morning on the weekends to warm my insides. This tea is great with a bit of almond coconut milk and 5 drops of stevia.

Chai spice decaf tea – although this is technically a drink, I always have it near snack time. I love tea in the afternoon or mid-morning on the weekends to warm my insides. This tea is great with a bit of almond coconut milk and 5 drops of stevia.

Almond coconut milk - I never drink this by itself, but I love to use it in my smoothies or oatmeal because it gives off a great almond/coconut flavor.

Almond coconut milk – I never drink this by itself, but I love to use it in my smoothies or oatmeal because it gives off a great almond/coconut flavor.

Protein powder - the perfect snack for after a workout because it contains 20g of protein per scoop. I add it to smoothies and various other recipes to up my protein intake. Designer Whey Vanilla is my favorite by far.

Protein powder – the perfect snack for after a workout because it contains 20g of protein per scoop. I add it to smoothies and various other recipes to up my protein intake. Designer Whey Vanilla is my favorite by far.

Stevia drops - another snack staple because I use it in my teas, yogurt, homemade lemonade (will share recipe in future post!), and various other recipes. I love this stuff because it lasts forever and is a natural substitute for sugar.

Stevia drops – another snack staple because I use it in my teas, yogurt, homemade lemonade (will share recipe in future post!), and various other recipes. I love this stuff because it lasts forever and is a natural substitute for sugar.

Larabars - these are my favorite snacks for school or when I'm on the go because they are quick and easy. My favorite kinds are cherry and apple pie.

Larabars – these are my favorite snacks for school or when I’m on the go because they are quick and easy. My favorite kinds are cherry and apple pie.

What are your favorite snacks? Comment below and let me know what you like to eat on a regular basis!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Jenny