8 tips for healthy snacking on the go
Healthy snacks on the go are easier said than done. When you’ve got so much on your plate, it can be difficult to pay enough attention to what you’re putting on your body. But moving takes energy, so eating a healthy diet isn’t just important for maintaining your eating goals, it’s important for maintaining your strength. Getting the food you need will keep you going and help reduce stress and fatigue. And, unfortunately, you won’t get it if you only eat snacks and take out at the corner store every night.
As with all things food-Related, don’t think of eating healthy throughout the day as a case of “good” versus “bad” foods. It’s all about balancing and making sure you’re getting the right amount of fuel. Here are some tips to help you eat well and stay on track during your busiest days!
1. Try to plan your meals in advance and always bring a variety of healthy snacks with you. You’ll make better decisions when you’re not hungry!
2. Keep frozen vegetables on hand. This will help you prepare a healthy, nutritious meal faster. Frozen vegetables are excellent and have so many nutrients (if not more!) than fresh vegetables. (You can make veggie-based cereal bowls, salads, roasted vegetables, soups, and more.)
3. Try to eat more food which contains fiber (think vegetables, fruits and nuts).
4. Snack on fruit! Individual pieces of fruit, like an apple or pear, make great snacks because they are tasty and portable. All fruits provide fiber, although some contain much more than others. Other fruits high in fiber include apples and berries.
5. Batch whole grains over refined grains. It’s another easy-to-carry food option! Here are some examples of whole grains:
6. Sprinkle chia, flax, sesame or hemp seeds in your meal to easily increase your fiber and vitamin intake (these seeds can be easily sprinkled on foods or drinks like fruit and water ). These provide omega-3 essential fatty acids, protein, vitamins, and minerals, as well as 11 grams of fiber per ounce.
7. Add avocados to your meals! The green, creamy flesh is not only high in healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, but it’s also high in fiber.
8. Nibble on nuts and seeds, or add them to receipts that are already in your rotation.
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