When you are hungry, you don’t have time to think about what is a healthy snack. It happens to all of us from time to time. You are out and about when the day seems to get away from you, and you realize that you are starving. You need to get something to eat right now, and there are no healthy options in sight. You try to pick the healthiest item from a list of bad choices.
While it may not make a long-term difference in your health if the above scenario happens every once in a while, for many people, it happens on a daily basis. This scenario can easily be prevented with a little planning.
When you know you are going to be away from home for more than 2 hours, have healthy snacks prepared so you can eat on the go.
Find snacks that appeal to you and are easily transported. You can keep snacks in an insulated sack with a freezer pack, if needed. This way you are never stuck without a healthy option when hunger strikes.
Healthy Snack Options for Home or On the Go
Energy Trail Mix Energy Bites
Mixed berries or other favorite fruit Green Smoothie
Simple Paleo Reese Cups Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Hard-boiled Eggs Kale or Zucchini Chips
Leftover Vegetables Almonds and dried cranberries
Carrot or cucumber sticks & hummus Quality, grass-fed beef jerky
Apple slices and nut butter. May add cacao nibs or pieces of dark chocolate
Make your own trail mix (example: almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts and coconut)
Unsweetened greek yogurt – add fresh berries
Protein Bars (the ones with protein are filling, and have less sugar) (My favorites)
Shredded coconut mixed with unsalted sunflower seeds
Organic tortilla chips and guacamole
Make your own healthy ‘treats’ ahead of time (check out this site for a healthy banana bread recipe)
You don’t have to be a slave to junk food, fast food or the vending machine for your snacks or when you are on the go. With a little forethought, you can always have healthy snacks with you, helping you avoid the sluggish feeling that comes from eating empty calories.
When you do select snacks that are already packaged, always read the label. Choose snacks that are low in sugar and have protein or healthy fats in order to avoid blood sugar level spikes.
Take control of your diet and make progress toward living the healthy lifestyle you have been envisioning by preparing healthy snacks. You will be rewarded with more energy and better results in your weight loss efforts. It only takes a small time investment to begin reaping the rewards!
What are your favorite healthy go-to snacks that you enjoy?
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