We live in an on-the-go world. Entertainment, work and food are never far out of reach. And when it comes to snacking, that’s not a good thing. Though it may be convenient, pre-packaged snacks are rarely healthy for body or mind. To side-step this this saboteur, keep these deliciously healthy snack ideas on-hand to energize your body and support overall health:
Celery and Almond Butter
This fantastic combination of protein, fat and carbohydrates keep your energy up, blood sugar stable and hunger satiated.
Hard Boiled Egg
The protein found in eggs is a great source of sustained energy. It takes the body longer to digest protein and fat, keeping your hunger and metabolism humming right along.
Homemade Trail Mix
Throw some unsalted nuts, seeds, and dried fruit together for a fantastic on-the-go snack that you can stash almost anywhere.
Berries and Coconut Shreds
Satisfy your sweet tooth AND your hunger by filling a bowl with a plenty of fresh berries and lightly dusting the top with unsweetened coconut for
Hummus and Veggies
Homemade hummus is always best, helping you stay away from added sugar and preservatives. Pair it with fresh cut celery, broccoli, and tomatoes for a filling, nutritious snack.
That’s right, even chocolate is a healthy snack! Look for chocolate with at least 70-80% cacao, which is a fantastic source of fiber, magnesium, iron and calcium. Break off a square or two, savor and enoy!
Keep grapes in the freezer for a tasty treat that’s loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. Freezing grapes helps you savor and eat mindfully, plus chilling them creates a special, healthy treat.
Bananas are a good source of vitamin B6 and potassium, which is vital for managing protein metabolism.
Carrots are low-calorie, which is great for those with weight loss goals. Plus, they contain carotene and vitamin A, which promote eye health and strong immune function. Pair them with hummus for a delicious, creamy snack.
Dried plums are a good source of instant-energy carbohydrates and they’re also a great source of fiber and potassium, which helps lower high blood pressure.
Not just a breakfast drink! Smoothies are an excellent way to get plenty of fruits and vegetables that offer a plethora of fiber, vitamins and minerals while energizing the body, keeping hunger in check and boosting the metabolism.
When you find yourself reaching for a snack, whether in response to physical hunger or emotional need, reach for one of the healthy snack ideas above and keep your health goals on-track while satisfying your sense. Eat clean and drink up!