Healthy Snacking On-the-Go
We all have busy lives filled with jobs, appointments, social events, and meetings. Just because our planners may be filled every day, it does not mean that we should let our health fall to the side. We can still keep up with our busy lives and maintain a healthy lifestyle if we can plan ahead and always be prepared. As a college student, I am often gone from my room for most of the day between classes, studying, meetings, working out, and meeting up with friends, but there is one thing I always keep on hand with me wherever I go—healthy snacks. My backpack always has at least one healthy snack on hand (if not more than one!) to keep me going and so I don’t have to rely on eating from the vending machine. I go through a rotation of snacks so I always have something with me when I end up taking longer at a meeting or my stomach starts grumbling during class.
My go-to healthy snack is a bar. I always have a steady stock of bars on hand in my kitchen and it is the easiest thing to grab on the go. Of course, not all bars are created equal and it is important to read the ingredients and nutrition facts before buying bars and look at the sugar content. Some bars have as much sugar as a candy bar! I also check to see if there is a good amount of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. And it is definitely a winner if it has some chocolate in there too ;).
Trail mixes are another great snack for on-the-go. Nuts, dried fruits, and seeds are a perfect combination that can keep me satisfied for hours. I always go for a small serving of trail mix when my sweet tooth is calling! Look for trail mixes that are low in sodium and low in sugar since nuts and seeds can sometimes be loaded with sodium (salt) and dried fruit can be filled with sugar. This is another snack that is perfect with the right amount of chocolate too.
Fruit is a great on-the-go snack because it can give you an instant energy boost and help you get in important nutrients. It is easy to grab an apple or a banana and throw it in your bag so whenever hunger hits, you have something on hand. Bananas are perfect post-workout!
The one snack that I recommend everyone prepares is vegetables and hummus. This one isn’t one you can always have on hand if you will be gone all day, but if you have access to a fridge or will only be gone for a little while, this snack is perfect. I absolutely love vegetables with hummus and they are the perfect afternoon snack. If I take some time the night before to chop celery, bell peppers, carrots, and sugar snap peas and put some hummus in a sealed container, I can easily grab the snack and go. The crunch from the vegetables satisfies my craving for anything crunchy like potato chips and I am also getting in a healthy dose of nutrients too.
Leading a busy life doesn’t have to compromise our healthy eating if we take the time to have snacks on hand and easily ready in our bags. I try to eat every three hours to avoid any negative side effects of feeling too hungry. When I know I have a busy day ahead, I can pack snacks to have on hand throughout the day and be prepared to take on whatever comes up during the day, with a snack in hand.
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