I am not a big snacker. I stick to mainly meals, and occasionally have a snack. Most days I don’t though. I know some people love their snacks or have schedules that work better to fit in a snack during the day.
When choosing a snack it’s important to choose one that’s nutrient rich, low in sugar, and saturated fat. A nutrient rich snack will have a good balance of carbs, some healthy fat, and/or protein.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite snacks that I personally enjoy or recommend. All of these are great for travel too.
Almonds seem to make every list of healthy foods. Almonds are a great choice. They’re high in fiber, magnesium, and Vitamin E. They contain protein and healthy fat. Other great nut options include pistachios, walnuts, and macadamias. As we know nuts are high in fat and the calories can add up quickly so be sure to store in small one serving size bags, jars, or bowls. Eat nuts raw or lightly toasted. Try to avoid nuts covered in oils.
Any type or mixture of berries will work. Berries are some of the healthiest foods out there. The deeper the color the higher the anti oxidants. Berries are also high in fiber and Vitamin C, in addition to other vitamins and minerals. Stick to fresh or frozen berries. If looking at dried fruit, make sure there is no additional added sugars.
Who doesn’t enjoy popcorn? It’s so crunchy and smells amazing while popping! Popcorn is filling and full of fiber, all the while low in fat and calories. Air popped corn is the easiest way to control extra fat and calories that comes from oils and seasonings. If popping your own using oil, just use a little. Play around with seasonings. A little salt is always great. Try different combinations of herbs for a spicy or savory bite.
4. Apple or Banana with Nut Butter
Healthy nut butter is now being served in single serve packets. Whether you prefer peanut or almond if travelling or need to keep something at the office nut butters are very portable. Take an easy to travel apple or banana- amazing! If not wanting to use fruit stick to the classic celery and nut butter combo.
I eat so many avocados! It’s really an issue! Eating an avocado right out of the shell is a safe portable snack. Remove the avocado from the skin and cube if you prefer. Avocados are loaded in healthy fat, fiber, and the beauty enhancing Vitamin E.
6. Smashed Avocado or Guacamole
As I just mentioned I devour avocados. One of my favorite ways to eat it is as a dip or spread. Smash some avocado in a bowl. Add some spicy red pepper flakes and either some fresh lemon or lime juice! Take it up a notch by making guacamole. It’s good enough to eat with a spoon, spread on toast, or dip with veggies.
7. Fruit, Fruit, Fruit,and more Fruit
A big bowl of fruit is so refreshing. I mentioned berries earlier, but depending on the season or your taste vary your fruit. Pineapple is one of my favorites. In the summer I love watermelon. Whether you stick to one type like bananas or make a mixture of citrus fruits anything goes. Add some dates for a variety and an extra boost of fiber.
These are just a few snacks that are great! What are some of your favorite snacks?