8 Snacks for on the Go!
When you’re in the moment and feeling those hunger pangs, it can be hard to sit and think about healthy snack options. In those moments, you want whatever is closest to you and easiest to consume. To avoid grabbing the high-sugar, processed snacks that will leave you feeling unsatisfied and blah, here are eight healthy snack ideas that will satisfy you and hold you over until your next meal.
Apple slices with peanut butter
Apples are high in fiber and water content, so they will fill you up without being too calorically dense. When you add peanut butter (or use Sun Butter if you have a nut allergy) on top, you’re adding healthy fats, which will also keep you full and satisfied for longer. Avoid peeling the apple; the skin is where the majority of the fiber and vitamins are.
Chia seeds are an excellent snack because they are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These unsaturated fats play many vital roles in hormone production, cognitive functioning, and mood and energy levels. Just mix chia seeds in almond milk and let it sit. You can also make it the night before, so it has more time to absorb and add whatever toppings you like, such as fresh berries.
Store-bought granola can be expensive and contain a lot of added sugar. It’s easy to make a batch of homemade granola that is a healthier alternative to those store-bought granolas. Bake some oats in the oven with some honey (or your choice of natural sweetener) and add toppings like dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and even dark chocolate. One of my favorites is Lily’s Sea Salt Extra Dark Chocolate, snap it along the molded lines, then add as much as you like. Be sure and wait to add it until the granola has cooled completely, so the chocolate doesn’t melt.
Veggies and hummus
If you prefer savory snacks, wash and cut up some vegetables and serve them with hummus. Cucumbers, peppers, carrots, celery, and broccoli are just some of the veggies that taste great raw. This one is a great low-calorie, low-carb snack that provides you with lots of vitamins, minerals, and a great source of protein from the hummus.
Yogurt and berries
Try Greek yogurt for some extra protein, or coconut yogurt if you prefer a dairy-free option. Regardless of the source, yogurt provides you with good bacteria for your gut and healthy fats that will keep you satisfied until your next meal. You can even add some of your homemade granola for an added crunch.
If you haven’t tried roasted chickpeas, you might be surprised at how tasty they can be! Packaged Chickpeas is another snack that can be costly in the store but is extremely inexpensive to make at home (and you know there are no nasty preservatives or additives). To roast chickpeas, drain the can, then put in a bowl, blot with a paper towel to remove any leftover liquid, don’t skip this step, you want them completely dry so they will crisp up in the oven. Next, drizzle with olive oil and season them with whatever you like – smoked paprika, garlic, onion, Everything but the Bagel Seasoning or sea salt are all great ideas. Toss to coat evenly, then spread on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and roast in the oven at 375 degrees for about 30-40 minutes or until they are golden brown and crunchy.
Drinking a protein shake is an easy way to add more protein to your diet and has been shown to help with weight loss. You can choose between a whey-based protein powder or a plant-based depending on your lifestyle. Instead of skipping meals, I like to use this meal-replacement protein powder mixed with water. The Madagascar Vanilla flavor contains 22 grams of Non-GMO pea protein and organic sprouted rice protein, plus 23 vitamins and minerals and healthy fats for a complete, plant-based meal replacement. One serving has the equivalent antioxidant value of 10 servings of fruits and vegetables.
Hard-Boiled or Deviled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are a healthy staple snack. They are packed with protein from the egg whites and healthy fats from the yolk. They are recommended as an excellent snack to anyone who is looking to lose weight because of their high protein, high fat, and low carb macronutrient breakdown. You can eat them whole or slice a few in half, scoop the yokes out and create a filling and enjoy as deviled eggs.
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P.S. I hope these eight healthy snack ideas have been helpful. Comment below and tell me which one is your favorite!