I don’t know about you but sometimes my schedule requires me to be on the go. I don’t always have time to sit down and have a proper meal. In order to keep my energy up and my brain firing on all cylindars, I have come up with some healthy no prep snacks that I can have in my bag when I need a boost on the go. Here are some of my favourites:
Nuts: Nuts are packed full of nutrition. They are loaded with healthy fats that are essential for your body. They can help lower bad cholesterol and can reduce the risk of blood clots. They are also a great source of vitamin E. So next time you are at the store, try picking up some raw almonds, walnuts, or pecans to throw in your bag. *Note- If you are going to buy your nuts in bulk, be sure to store them in an air tight bag in your freezer. This stops them from going rancid.
Veggies: Raw veggies are also packed with nutrition benefits and a sinch to prepare. All you have to do is wash them and throw them in a container and viola, you’re done. We eat a lot of veggies in our house. They work great as a snack during our mid day meetings. Some of our favourites are: bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli.
Fruit: Eating fruit in comparison to eating fruit juice is much better for you. Fruit juices are pasteurized so many of the vitamines, minerals, and enzymes are destroyed. Sometimes sugar is even added to get back some of the flavour (not a good thing). Stock up on some fruits you can have on the go like apples, grapes, oranges, bananas, and peaches. They require no prep, just a wash, and they are sure to be delicious.
Cacao (chocolate): Raw chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can boost your body’s neurotransmitters and phytochemicals which are responsible for your mood. Once chocolate is processed it looses many of these nutrients and isn’t nearly as beneficial for you. Get some cacao nibs from your local store and throw them in a container with some nuts and a piece of fruit. This will make a highly nutritious, energy boosting snack that you can have on the run. *Note- They work great as a chocolate chip substitute in baking.
Chia seeds: Did you know that 4 tablespoons of chia seed can supply as much calcium as three cups of milk? Did you know that is has the same Omega 3 amount as a 32 ounce fillet of salmon? Chia or hemp seed can do wonders for your body and is very versatile. It can be added to just about anything such as salads, cerals, or even puddings. It can also be eaten on it’s own. Next time you need a boost, have a spoonful of chia seeds; it is sure to keep you going until lunch.
So now that you have read this, you have no excuses for going hungry or stopping at a fast food joint for a pick me up when you’re on the go. You can just reach into your bag and pull out a snack packed with energy boosting nutrients.
What kinds of things do you snack on when you’re on the go?