I’m having trouble finding good, healthy snacks to eat while I’m at my desk during the workday. Can you suggest a few tasty options that are healthy too? Thanks! ~Bella, AZ
It’s not easy conducting a balancing act every day! Whether you’re working full time, going to school, or busy as a full time mom, time seems to be the one thing we can’t get enough of. Seems a little backwards too; we sure had a lot of time as a kid, and that’s when someone to pack us a lunch for the day! Now it’s up to us to choose and prepare our snacks (and meals) wisely. With so many different options out there, whether you’re finding something ready-made or making it at home, that’s a lot of label reading and even then we may be getting a little confused or frustrated at all the info listed on the back.
A good rule of thumb is to stick to options that are as close to their natural state as possible. Another good rule to stand by: DON’T eat it if you DON’T like it!!! If you’re looking to lose a few pounds and you think just snacking on celery sticks will help, and you can’t stand celery, I can almost guarantee you that will backfire. Eating is, and should be, enjoyable. We don’t have to compromise between a healthy diet and a busy lifestyle, but striking a balance between the two that works for us.
A healthy snack will combines a little fat, fiber, protein, and carbohydrates. If you’re not that hungry, just a piece of fruit is good too. Snacking is best kept between 100 to 200 calories. The sugar content (if you’re having a packaged snack) is important to keep an eye on – 10g or less per serving is best. A sugar crash later in the day is no fun. Additionally, snacks should not resemble desserts. There are so many bars on the market that are sugar laden and chocolate coated – or better as a meal replacement (though I’d love to meet someone that wasn’t hungry a couple hours later). I try to think of what’s contributing to my daily nutrition bank rather than consuming “empty calories” that are foods with minimal nutritional value (think chips and pretzels). Below are a few of my favorite snacks that are easy to take on the go and are good for you too.
Trailmix is another easy snack on the go, but not always healthy. I prefer to make my own using a combination of unsalted nuts and seeds like pistachios, almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pepitas. If you’re a fan of dried fruit goji berries and mulberries or even cacao nibs are great options!
Wait! You didn’t think I was going to leave without including chocolate, did you?! No way. Staple item. The catch: have oe square of dark chocolate. Endangered Species are a favorite of mine. They’re organic, fair-trade too, they give back, and they’re individually wrapped. Enjoy a square with your latte or with some almonds! One square yields 50 calories, healthy antioxidants and a whole lot of yum. 🙂