Healthy Snacks To Eat On The Go
The best way to plan for the right foods all begins at the store. When you’re at the grocery store walking down the aisles don’t let the cookies, chips, and soda sweet talk you into buying them. You are going to want to avoid those types of snacks and aim for some healthier options. Life can be very demanding and time isn’t always on our side. If you are looking for some quick and healthy snack to eat on the go here are a few nutrient dense options that will allow you to power through the day without getting “hangry.”
Almonds. These wonderful nuts have been grown and consumed for thousands of years. They are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. One of the great things about almonds is that they are low in carbohydrates BUT high in calories so no need to overboard! Almonds can be eaten raw, toasted, or roasted. One thing I like to do is throw some raw almonds into a zip lock bag and drizzle a little honey and cinnamon on them. Yum!
Hard Boiled Eggs. It only takes about 10-12 minutes to boil these delicious EGGmazing treats. Eggs are one of the best sources of protein and they are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Don’t be afraid of the yolk! It is true that the protein does come from the egg white BUT the yolk also contains healthy fats and vitamins that have some health strengths that are necessary for immunity, skin, nerves, and vision. You don’t have to eat these plain either. Feel free to add a little salt, pepper, hummus, hot sauce, cilantro, garlic powder or whatever topping you prefer.
Avocados. If you are looking to snack on a little piece of heaven then grab an avocado. This nutrient dense food definitely fits the bill when it comes to a healthy option. Avocados are high in omega 3 fatty acids (good fats), fiber, and antioxidants. Did you know that just one ounce of avocado has 20 different vitamins and minerals? Crazy! They have a beautiful rich and creamy flavor, almost butter like. I add avocado literally to almost all of my meals. They go great with toast, eggs, salads, salsas, sandwiches, soups, burgers, vegetables, you name it! Next time you feel “hangry” don’t get AVOcontrol, just grab an avocado and enjoy.
Greek Yogurt. This is a great low calorie snack. Both Greek and regular yogurt are great snack sources but over the years Greek yogurt sales have been skyrocketing. It’s creamy, thick consistency comes from being strained extensively to remove much of the liquid whey, lactose, and sugar. Greek yogurt can pack up to double the protein, and contain half the sugar than regular yogurt. On top of that Greek yogurt is packed with probiotics which are “good” bacteria that helps keep your digestive system healthy. You can purchase Greek yogurt flavored or plain. MAKE sure to DOUBLE CHECK the nutritional facts panel on the brand of yogurt you buy. Many of these Greek yogurts aren’t so healthy. Some brands have more sugar than protein which is a huge NO NO! Try to find brands that have clean ingredients and have a higher protein content than sugar.
Protein Energy Bites. I make these religiously every week! These nutrient dense, no bake bites are some of the best grab and go snacks that will last you all week. The recipe is simple and it should take you about 10 minutes to make. All you need is a protein powder (whey or plant based), oats, dark chocolate chips, peanut or almond butter, chia seeds (optional), and some honey or agave nectar. You toss all the ingredients in a bowl and form little bite size balls, THAT’S IT! What you are left with is a perfect snack to munch on in between meals or on the go. You can’t go wrong with these delicious and delightful little treats.
Ultimately, if you want to eat healthier and feel better you need to choose the right foods. These nutrient dense snacks will keep you fuller longer and energized throughout the day. Good nutrition starts at the grocery store. So remember to try and stock the refrigerator with fresh and healthy foods. This way you won’t feel tempted to grab a bag of Doritos or a Snicker’s bar to satisfy your hunger.