An unfortunate incident of eating food of questionable amounts.
We all love a good snack — especially ready-to-go for on-the-go. Food is fuel, right? But let’s be real. A snack should be the right fuel.
So what foods should we have on hand while running little Jimmy to his baseball game or in the car on the way to your 2:00 PM meeting?
Here are some good ones to grab and go.
Veggies and Hummus
Everyone knows that Vegetables are packed with nutrition and essential vitamins. You really can’t go wrong with some carrots and celery.
But what about the hummus? Hummus is made of chickpeas which are a great source of plant based fiber and protein.
According to Just Fun Facts — Chickpeas are one of the earliest cultivated legumes, and 9500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East. The word hummus means chickpea in Arabic.
You can pull out that fun fact at your next family gathering. You’re welcome.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Sounds boring? No way! Eggs are an excellent source of protein. One of the best in fact.
And do you remember back in the day when everyone said eggs were bad for you because they were high in cholesterol? Turns out we need the good kind of cholesterol that comes from eggs.
Spice them up with a little pepper or paprika. Voila! You’ve got yourself a snack. Maybe just avoid them in the break room at work… some people may not exactly love the smell.
Berries and Greek Yogurt
Okay, okay… I know this one is a little harder for the grab-and-go part. But using the Greek Yogurt as more of a dip can make things easier. The right Tupperware helps too.
Another fun idea is yogurt bark. This is super easy to make and grab from the freezer on your way out. Just lay out some yogurt on a sheet pan, sprinkle it with fruit or nuts, and wait until it’s frozen to break it apart!
Berries are a great source of antioxidants and regularly called “nature's candy”. Greek Yogurt is chalk full of things we need to be healthy humans. It is a great source of calcium and probiotics which help with digestion.
At-Home Trail Mix
Yes. Trail Mix.
But this comes with a word of caution. Pre-made trail mix is usually a no-go. As good as salty nuts and M&M’s sound — it’s not the right direction for healthy eating.
You can make a version of trail mix in your kitchen that is much better for you. A mix of unsalted nuts, dried fruit, whole wheat pretzels, and a few dark chocolate chips can make a nice little snack.
Just make sure to share.
This takes just a tiny bit more planning than the others — but it’s worth it! You really have endless options. Pesto and Turkey? Peanut butter and Chia Seeds? Honestly any protein packed, nutrient rich foods you want to slap together on a whole wheat wrap will be a very tasty and convenient snack for the road.
People get really creative with this one. So keep an eye out for new ideas on your favorite sites if you run out of ideas.
Snacks on Snacks
These are just a few of the many healthy and nutritious options for the busy bees of the world. The best thing to keep in mind while looking for new food ideas is — how is it going to fuel you? Balance your diet, watch portion sizes, and consider the activities you are doing. This is a great place to start.
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