Snacking happens. When you’re at home and you start to feel hungry, it is easier to make healthy snack choices. When you’re out and about, though, your options are a little more limited. Pre-packaged snack foods can be full of excess calories, sodium, and preservatives. But when you’re hungry and don’t have any other choice, you are likely to grab something anyway. The good news is that being prepared can help you stay on track with your diet. These healthy snack foods will keep you satisfied, even when you’re on the go.
1) Trail Mix
It doesn’t matter where you are…a bag of homemade trail mix is always a good idea. Fill up a sandwich bag with things like dry cereal, dried fruit, and nuts. You’ll want to pick cereals that have high fibre content so that your snack will really fill you up. Whatever you choose to include in your trail mix, be sure to keep calories in mind.
2) Raw Veggies
This classic snack food never goes out of style. Bringing along some celery, carrot sticks, or broccoli can help you to stave off hunger pains and still eat well. Stick them in a clear plastic bag and throw it into your fridge at work or a cooler bag. Then, you can munch on something tasty that won’t totally ruin your weight loss plans.
3) Energy Bar
Energy bars are one super convenient snack food when you’re on the go. Why? They can be tossed into your briefcase or purse and eaten whenever you’re feeling hungry. The key to choosing a good energy bar is to look at the calories (it shouldn’t be more than 200), aim for a bar with at least 14 grams of protein, and that it is low in saturated and trans fats. There are many flavours out there, so choose the type that you prefer!
4) Fruit Cup and Cheese
For a snack that feels a little indulgent, you can’t go wrong with a fruit cup and cheese. Fruit cups are pre-packaged in stores, but it is much better if you make your own at home. Fill a plastic container with some grapes or berries. Then, grab an individually wrapped cheese and enjoy.
5) Pumpkin Seeds
You’d be surprised at how nutritious pumpkin seeds really are. Even though we usually throw them away at Halloween, they are a great source of antioxidants and zinc, which boosts your immune system. You can roast pumpkin seeds or eat them as is. It’s all about how you prefer them!
6) Rice Cakes
Looking for a to-go snack that is low in calories but will keep you feeling full? Then a brown rice cake is the perfect solution. Each rice cake has just 35 calories in it! Put a couple in your bag before you go…just in case temptation hits. If you find they are a little dry on their own, add on a small amount of a natural peanut butter.
With so many healthy snack options at your disposal, you won’t have to make last-minute decisions anymore. Planning your snacks ahead of time will help you stay on track and make good choices…. wherever you are.