I am sharing some of my favorite “on the go” healthy snacks today. Barring any food intolerances or allergies, these can be a quick and healthy fix for those hunger pangs, in between meals. When faced with hunger pangs, I have often been tempted to grab the most sugary snack available. However, with a little planning ahead and stocking up on my “on the go” healthy snacks helps me grab the right kind of snack when I need it. For those of you who work away from home, it helps to store some of these (like nuts) in your office desk 🙂
A low glycemic fruit (such as medium sized apple) with a little bit (1/4-1/2 tsp organic peanut butter)
- Nuts! Nuts! Nuts!:) Walnuts and almonds make a great snack mix. Of course, I don’t drown myself in these. A few, usually are enough to satisfy. If you have a nut allergy, try chia or pumpkin or sunflower seeds.
- Greek yogurt (which has higher protein content than regular yogurt, preferably organic)
- Carrot and/or celery with hummus
- Dark chocolate (do not over do this!) Caution: Fruits in general are healthy but can cause issues in people with blood sugar regulation issues (diabetes, hypoglycemia, metabolic syndrome, obesity). Adding some nuts or nut butter to a controlled portion size fruit may help buffer the situation. When on snacking fruits such as apples, choosing organic advisable. The Environmental Working Group reports high pesticide levels in conventional apples. The Harvard Medical School Publication below lists the glycemic index/glycemic load of fruits, vegetables and other foods.
If you have a sugar craving during snack time, try to sprinkle a little cinnamon in your snack and see if that helps.
Your healthy snack ideas are welcome too!