Leaving the house with a healthy meal under your belt, doesn’t mean your nutrition is done for the day. Whether you need something to munch on during an office meeting or an energy boost after a tough training session, snacks can provide energy and nutrients to refuel your body and brain. Although most people grab a granola bar, pretzels or something out of a vending machine, those insulin-spiking processed products can actually leave you hungrier than before. Follow the tips below for making smarter snack choices.
Top Three Tips
1. Avoid Processed Products
Unfortunately, many snack choices are processed foods high in refined sugars/carbs, such as pretzels, crackers, cookies, granola bars, etc. In addition, they’re nutritionally imbalanced with low amounts of quality protein and natural fats. Start making better snack choices by creating balanced “mini meals” of natural, whole foods and avoid processed, man-made products.
2. Go Nuts
Nuts are a good source of healthy fats, fiber, and minerals. Nuts are also very filling, meaning they’ll keep you full long after you eat so you can focus on the task at hand instead of a growling tummy. For a quick snack to pack, fill a sandwich bag with a dozen nuts and sliced apple.
3. Plan Ahead
Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. Waiting to find food until you’re really hungry is a great way to make a poor nutrition choice. Be proactive by preparing some of the snack suggestions below on the weekend so you have food on hand to grab during a busy week. Set up for snacking success by filling a bowl of fresh fruit to keep on the counter and slice up some veggies to store in the fridge.
Smart Snack Choices
Nuts & Seeds: almonds, pecans, pistachios, sunflower seeds, walnuts, etc.
Veggies: carrots, peppers, cucumber, avocado, tomatoes, cauliflower, etc.
Fruit: berries, cherries, oranges, apples, banana, watermelon, etc.
Eggs: hard-cooked, deviled, mini frittatas, or crustless quiche.
Meat: leftover sliced, meatballs, rolls/wraps (beef, bison, venison, pork, etc.).
Poultry: chicken/turkey/duck drumsticks, thighs or sliced breast meat.
Seafood: smoked salmon, cooked shrimp, canned sardines.
Jerky: beef, bison, venison (look for minimal ingredients).
Dairy: cottage cheese, yogurt, raw milk cheese, goat cheese, or aged cheese.
Dips: hummus, almond butter, pesto, guacamole, salsa, etc.
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