Snacks can be a huge challenge for many of us. We may do a great job incorporating real, whole food into our meals, but snacking may be a totally different story! That may be when chips, candy, or crackers just call to you, even though you know they ultimately don't serve you. I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to give into the chips & candy, if you don't want to. There are lots of other delicious and even more satisfying options.
Why should we care 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
So how do we know what to look out for in healthy, on-the-go snacks?
Ideally, when we snack, we are reaching for foods with a balance of fat, fiber, and protein. This will help to keep our blood sugar balanced and energy levels stable between meals = “magic!"
10 Easy, Healthy, On-The-Go Snack Ideas
Nuts—an excellent source of high protein: 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.
Fruit—packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants: Look for organic fruit like bananas packed with potassium and oranges loaded with Vitamin C. Pair with some almond butter or organic cottage cheese for protein & fat.
Yogurt—high in protein and good source of healthy fats: Look for full-fat, organic yogurt or ones that do not contain artificial flavors or sweeteners like corn syrup. Check the sugar content as it can tend to be high in certain brands. You might consider buying plain yogurt and sweetening it yourself. There are some great dairy free options out there too!
Hard boiled eggs—high source of protein and will keep your blood sugars level: Boil them the night before and throw a couple in your bag.
Peanut butter sandwich—also high in protein and stabilizes blood sugar: Look for a brand that is organic or free of additives. Ideally the ingredient list simply says “peanuts and salt."
Energy bars—a much healthier and nutritious alternative to chocolate bars: Avoid brands with soy protein isolate and look for brands that contain over 10 grams of whey protein, hemp protein or pea protein. Watch the sugar content. Look for those with ingredients you can pronounce and would use in your own kitchen!
Dark chocolate—high in natural caffeine that can give you that energy boost: Look for brands that list cacao as the first ingredient not sugar.
Trail Mix—packed with a combo of proteins and natural sugars to increase your energy: Look for a mix that doesn’t contain added vegetable oil and salt or buy a variety of nuts, seeds, raisins and cranberries at the health store to mix yourself.
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. Try pairing the veggies with some hummus or guacamole to get some healthy fats and/or protein into the mix.
Seeds—pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are high in sources of vegetable protein: Look for raw seeds wherever possible. You can find them in the bulk food section.
If you want even more ideas, click below to download a list of more than 25 "Magic Snacks" that you can start trying today. Experiment and find your favorite, go-to snacks that you can enjoy today!
What do I do now?
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