You know the feeling…hunger striking in the middle of the day. It isn’t necessarily meal time, but you know you can’t make it till the next meal without a little something. I’ve been there, I’ve suffered through the hunger, and lemme tell ya…it’s not a good idea! When we are hungry, our bodies are asking us to PLEASE eat something so we can refuel and go on with our day. Enter: the trusty snack.
Snacking has gotten such a bad reputation over the years. And if your snack of choice is typically junk food, then that’s understandable. But there are many healthy and filling snack options that are easy to take with you to work or when you are out and about. They will curb your hunger and make sure that you make it till your next meal without an extra large fries from the drive through or a bakery muffin. Been there, done that.
Planning is everything when trying to make healthy food choices. But I’ve made it easy for you! Here are some quick and easy snack ideas for you to use when you are in a bind and need a quick fix. Carry these around with you when you know you will be out for a while, and you will be sure to stick to your healthy eating goals!
Banana + nut butter packets: this is always a great and delicious combination! Justins makes nut butter packets which I love, and they are so easy to carry around! I also just keep a jar of nut butter at work so that when the time come, my banana has the perfect topping so that this fruit + healthy fat snack keeps me full!
Veggies: any kind of vegetable that you can crunch on is a great snack. Try carrots, broccoli, celery, or bell pepper strips. If you have room to bring a dip along, even better. Hummus or guacamole are great dips for veggies. But even just raw veggies are a great option because they are full of fiber and take a while to chew, which helps our brains get the full signal and satisfies our hunger. Plus they are chock-full of vitamins and antioxidants, so it’s a win-win!
Fruits: along the same line as vegetables, fruits are great snacks! You can carry around some apple slices with you or some grapes, or really any fruit you love! They are refreshing and filling, and full of vitamin C and immune boosting properties, which we could all use this time of year…so enjoy!
Trail mix: just like nut butters, trail mix is usually full of different kinds of nutritious nuts. But be careful to pick trail mixes that are made up of mostly nuts and just a few dried fruits and/or chocolate pieces. I’ve gotten a trail mix once that was basically a deconstructed snickers bar…so be sure to read the ingredients and find a trail mix that is lower in sugar and higher in those healthy fats! I also love making my own nut mix (almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews, and just a few dark chocolate covered almonds…YUM!)
Larabars: there are a great option if you DO find yourself out and about without a snack on hand. They are sold at most grocery stores and even at CVS/Rite aid. Larabars are fruit and nut bars made from minimal ingredients and all whole-foods based! There is always a healthy option (even in a packaged form) when you find yourself in a bind.
And there you have it! I hope this list gives you some ideas on how to have healthy and filling snacks on the go! Make it a great week, folks!