Snacking can be enjoyable but also a chore for some people. Snacking can help get you through a busy day, especially if you make healthy decisions on what to snack on. According to Medline Plus, to find the right balance when choosing your snacks you should “read the nutrition facts label … [and] pay attention to the portion size given on the label”. Keep in mind that not all snacks are healthy so paying attention to what you buy, and how you can make them convenient is important to ensure you can incorporate them into your routine.
We have compiled a list of five snacks you can either prepare ahead or just grab and go.
- Trail Mix or Nuts
- Nuts are the perfect snack because they do not require any preparation. Another great option if you do not like any of the trail mixes sold in-store is to make your own. Visit a local grocery store and pick a variety of nuts you like and combine them with other items such as dried fruit to make your own.
- TIP: separate by portion in small containers or snack bags to make it easy to just grab and go.
- The recommended portion from Medline Plus is one medium banana for a healthy snack. Bananas also contain many essential nutrients such as vitamin B6, potassium, and magnesium.
- Carrots and Hummus
- ½ a cup of hummus paired with 1 cup of baby carrots or carrot strips is easy to carry and is a tasty snack if you prefer something savory.
- Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Hard-boiled eggs are a perfect grab and go snack. They are easy to make in advance and packed full of nutrients that your body needs.
- TIP: make hard-boiled eggs ahead on Sundays and keep them in your fridge so they are ready to grab during the week.
- Apple with Peanut/Almond Butter
- Prepare 1 apple with two tablespoons of peanut butter or almond butter. To make it easy to eat on the go you can pre-cut the apple and either buy snack-size packages of peanut/almond butter or small containers to pack your own. This snack combination will help you feel full longer in between meals.