Sound familiar? You’re running from client meeting to the gym to an interview when suddenly it happens: you feel sluggish and crabby and realize you haven’t eaten in hours since breakfast. Though you try to eat right and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you’re seriously tempted by the siren’s call of the drive-through. Anything for a quick pick-me-up …
Wait! Drop that McFat Bomb, missy!
Here are six healthful, yet satisfying snacks for the professional gal on the go.
1. Unsalted nuts
Nuts are a good source of protein and good fat to boost your energy and keep you feeling full. However, steer clear of candied nuts, which have extra sugar, and stick to the unsalted variety. Almonds are a good bet, but it’s easy to over-do it on the nuts, so pay attention to portion size. A handful at most is all you need to feel satisfied. If you have an empty mint tin, that’s often the perfect size for stashing nuts in your purse.
Apples are an ideal snack, because they’re delightfully portable and healthful. Plus, there are tons of different varieties to choose from depending on the time of year and your personal preferences. Many people love the tartness of a Granny Smith apple or the sweetness of a Billie Bound apple. Eat it on its own or pair with peanut butter or low fat cheese slices to add protein.
3. Whole wheat crackers with peanut butter
Peanut butter on whole wheat crackers makes a delicious and healthful combination with the protein from the peanut butter and the fiber from the crackers. You can make your own peanut butter and cracker sandwiches at home or buy them in portable snack packs.
4. Instant oatmeal
If you have access to a microwave or even a coffeemaker, mix hot water and a packet of instant oatmeal for an instant boost of energy. Alternatively, you could ask for hot water and a spoon at a local coffee shop. Oatmeal has been shown to lower bad cholesterol and boost the good kind. It also contains fiber, which helps you feel full longer. But beware of all the extra sugar that some instant oatmeals have and look for a low sugar variety.
5. Granola bar
The beauty of a granola bar is that it’s portable and individually packaged. Many varieties also have a decent amount of dietary fiber for sustained energy. However, some are also high in sugar and artificial flavorings, so check the ingredients and make sure you can pronounce every item on the list.
6. Baby carrots
The satisfying crunch of baby carrots is a healthier alternative to chips. Eat them with a single serving pack of hummus or on their own. Carrots are a good source of fiber, vitamin B, C, and K, as well as potassium and thiamine. They also contain lignin, which helps strengthen the immune system to ward off cancerous cells.
The next time you leave your house for a crazy marathon of a day, consider stashing one or more these snacks to keep up your energy up and keep away hunger pangs.
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