8 Healthy On-The-Go Snacks
I’m happy to share some really healthy snacks that you can eat on-the-go and guilt-free!
But first, why am I talking about healthy on-the-go snacks?
Well, let’s face it. Our modern lives get so busy, and that makes it hard to find time to suss out a healthy snack. But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise your health by settling for Twinkies or the like from a vending machine!
What’s important about healthy snacking?
Healthy snacks are important for those in-between meal moments because they:
- Sustain your energy from meal to meal
- Stabilize your blood sugar
- Keep your mood steady and focus sharp
How do I know what to look out for in healthy, on-the-go snacks?
Here are some great snacking options:
- Nuts—an excellent source of high protein, healthy fat, and other nutrients. Look for raw or dry roasted and stay away from nuts with additives like vegetable oil and salt as these can turn rancid if they sit in a bag in a store. Mixed nuts are a great choice – look for a mixture that includes Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium, an important nutrient that many of us are deficient in. (By the way, did you know that peanuts and cashews aren’t actually nuts? Peanuts are legumes, and cashews are seeds, which brings us to…)
- Seeds—pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are good sources of vegetable protein. Look for raw seeds wherever possible. You can find them in the bulk food section.
- Fruit—packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Look for organic fruit like bananas packed with potassium and oranges loaded with Vitamin C. Combine your fruit with nuts or nut butters for an added health boost.
- Yogurt—high in protein and a good source of healthy fats. Look for plain, full fat, organic yogurt and avoid ones that contain artificial flavors or sweeteners. Add some cinnamon and/or berries for a pleasure boost.
- Hard boiled eggs—good source of protein and healthy fat that will keep your blood sugars level. Boil them the night before and throw a couple in your bag.
- Peanut butter or nut butter sandwich—also high in protein and stabilizes blood sugar. Look for a nut butter brand that is organic or free of additives, and use a bread that is minimally processed – sprouted grain bread is my bread of choice.
- Energy bars—potentially a much healthier and nutritious alternative to chocolate bars, but quality varies widely! Avoid brands with soy protein isolate and look for brands that contain over 10 grams of protein (whey, hemp, or pea, for example). Watch for added sugars, flavorings, and preservatives! Use my secret cravings formula: carbs – protein – fiber <= 10 (5 is even better!). If the bar satisfies my cravings formula, it won’t send you on a blood sugar roller coaster ride. Or make my no-bake protein bars!
- Raw veggies—slices of raw veggies are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Choose organic veggies where possible and cut the morning of to maintain their maximum nutrients instead of buying pre-cut slices in a bag. Pair up with some hummus or guacamole for added flavor and fun.
What do I do now?
If you want to make sure that you’re eating healthy on a regular basis, or you have questions about whether you should be snacking and if so when, then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me 1-on-1. I can help you sort this out so you look and feel great!
To your health!