Snacks are imperative for keeping blood sugar levels stable and preventing overeating at meal times, or mindless grab-anything-in-sight as soon as you get home.
Despite the importance of snacks, it’s really hard to find a good snack that is made up of whole and natural ingredients. In my humble opinion, there are way too many chips, crackers, cookies, and cakes masquerading as healthy options when all you really need is – well, whole and natural foods.
With this guiding principle in mind, I’d like to suggest a few quick and easy snack options I hope you’ll find tasty and satiating too. (By the way, these options were designed with your hectic lifestyle in mind. They involved minimal prep, really, you just need to stock your kitchen and remember to eat them!)
1.) Turkey slices on Ryvita flatbread with hummus spread. Okay, so you need a knife or some sort of utensil to spread the hummus on to the flatbread. Big deal! Keep a pack of turkey (nitrite free please) and a tub of hummus in your fridge at work and the flatbread in your bottom drawer. Ryvita or another high fiber variety is perfect.
2.) A banana and almond butter. This is a really yummy option. Again, you will want a spoon or knife – just put one in your purse, I always do. Dab a little almond butter on each bite of banana for a winning good fat + good carb combo. An apple will work too.
3.) Roasted seaweed and wasabi peas. Both available down the international aisle, these unconventional veggies have huge flavor and nutritional value, plus they are non-perishable, a one-up on veggie sticks. (I have nothing against veggie sticks, they just seem so obvious as a healthy quick snack…) Roasted seaweed – just get the Nori sheets you make sushi with, not the over-packaged, over-salted smaller sheets – are naturally salty and wasabi peas give you some wake-me-up protein. Stash these in your car, purse or bottom drawer. You’ll love them!
Healthy snacking is all about thinking outside the box, as in avoiding packaged goods. The busier you are, the more you need something that is nutrient dense and blood sugar stabilizing to help you manage stress and avoid cravings or emotional eating.
No matter how busy you are, there is always time to eat. Don’t forget to have water with your snack as well. You may also find that slowing down to have a snack at about the same time every day will help you to be more productive later in the day.