Make Healthy Snack Choices
When you're on the go and focused on the juggling act that is your day, give your body the boost it deserves. With so many pre-packaged preservatives and tempting treats in reach, it's easier said than done. Try a few of these snacks and tricks to keep yourself ahead of the game.
With everything else you have to worry about throughout the day, rest assured you made the right snack choice.
Do Grab These:
Homemade Trail Mix: Equal parts raw almonds, peanuts, cashews, golden raisins and your favorite dried fruit. Mix together in a large bowl, and then divide into small plastic bags or containers.
An Apple a Day: Eat an apple whole or slice it up ahead of time. Add a few drops of lemon juice to the slices to keep them from browning. A scoop of peanut butter brings it all together.
Veggie Sticks: Pick up some pre-cut vegetables like carrot and celery sticks for a crunchy break. Carrots are packed full of vitamins and minerals and the celery provides a high serving of fiber. Keep them in baggies in the fridge for easy access.
Don’t Grab These:
Meal Replacement Shakes: These shakes and drinks are not food. These liquid calories are not meant to sustain a busy body, and are often tainted with preservatives and added sugars.
Protein Bars: Often packed with sugar along with carbs, some protein bars pack more calories and sugar than a candy bar. Instead of grabbing a box of store brand bars, make your own or opt for a brand with the fewest ingredients listed on the label.
Put the Brown Down: Toast, bagels, muffins and croissants are delicious but not the best choice. These carbs are welcomed in small serving sizes with fruits and protein, but not as the solo act. They can slow your metabolism and lower your energy while being digested.
What to Drink
Water: The substance that makes up more than 70 percent of our bodies can increase energy production and keep our brains awake.
Add a Lemon: Slice up a lemon for a water pitcher and store it in your fridge for the week. Try downing a glass before you head out the door for a kick of energy.
Tea: Green, black, white, herbal, whatever you prefer, brew some tea instead of coffee. While both beverages have been reported to decrease risks of heart disease and stroke, tea provides antioxidants and zero calories.
When in Doubt
Fruits, vegetables or nuts are the best way to go. Utensils are not required, and the packaging can usually be composted. Be prepared for those hectic moments by picking up a solid selection of choices during your routine grocery trips.
If You Need a Snack While You’re Out
If you’re out and about, keep it simple. When hunger takes over, it’s easy to want everything you see. To avoid crazy bouts of hunger, keep some nuts in the car or your purse to help offset the pangs.
If possible, adopt the habit of eating frequently throughout the day in small sizes. This keeps your metabolism machine working at a steady pace as well as your stomach muscles. Having snacks prepared ahead of time will make the grab-and-go smoother and your body happier.
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