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Healthy Snacking

Always Be Prepared

Ah… Snacking. The Great American Past Time!

I’m sitting down to write this after I have spent the last 1.5 hours prepping my snacks for the week. My fridge is stocked and pantry is full of healthy, easy to grab snacks that will keep me focused and satisfied.

What’s on the menu, you ask? This week, I have a feeling I will be looking for some crunch, (stress-filled week) so I have prepped young radishes in bite sized slices for some tang, thinly sliced sweet peppers for the crunch and flavor, 3 different crispy apples, raw almonds, baked eggs (similar to boiled, but I don’t have to take the shells off), diced cantaloupe, baby carrots and homemade Rice Krispy treats to keep my sweet tooth in line during my sweet cravings week.

My #1 go-to snacks are cut-up veggies and portable fruits. (Think celery, cucumbers, broccoli, apples, bananas, etc.) However, like you, I lead a hectic life and don't always make it to the grocery store for my fresh fruits and vegetables. In this case, I have my 'go-to' favorites that I keep in my car, desk and purse. These snacks are portable, can last without refrigeration and can make it through a hot summer day in Florida without shriveling!

My top 5 favorite on-the-go snacks:

  1. Fresh vegetables and fruits -- I keep snack bags full of cut-up veggies in my refrigerator to 'grab-and-go'. Strive for 5 a day!
  2. Pumpkin seeds - they boost mood as a source of tryptophan. One ounce also provides half the daily requirement of magnesium which strengthens bones. I keep single serving packages of David's Pumpkin seeds in my car and purse for emergency snack attacks.
  3. Raw nuts - walnuts, almonds, pistachios, etc. Steer clear of anything roasted with honey - they pack unwanted calories and surprising amounts of sugar grams.
  4. Jerky sticks OR ‘on the go’ nut butter packets – not an everyday snack, but great when you need a quick boost of protein to keep you moving forward and not detouring through a drive thru!
  5. Bars: Granola, energy, etc.: Choose one that does NOT contain High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). I prefer Raw Revolution bars because they are NOT crunchy, fill me up and encourage me to drink lots of water with them. Other great options include Kashi bars, Kind Bars and Lara Baras.

Life is hectic. It is not always easy to make the healthiest choices. By being prepared with a few healthy snack options, you can make it through the day without guilt or detours that can take away from your end goal or make you feel 'blah'.

Here’s to keeping it healthy on-the-go!

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