We all know what it’s like. We all have busy lives, rushing from here to there almost daily- trying desperately to meet deadlines, tend to family, keep the house in order. It’s exhausting! And sometimes, naturally, things have to slide. What goes first? Usually meal times. Some days there is literally no time to sit down and eat a proper meal. I know what it’s like! But just because you need to grab a snack now and then to keep you going, doesn’t mean that snack has to be unhealthy, or of very little nutritional value. Eating on the go isn’t great, but it doesn’t have to be damaging to your diet and lifestyle either. Here are three little healthy snack to grab on the go. Enjoy!
Snacking isn’t a bad thing! Research shows that eating small and nutritious snacks throughout the day is actually great for keeping the metabolism ticking along, and can help with energy levels too. So don’t feel you have to give up the snacks if you rely on them to get you through the day. It’s a good idea not to replace meals with snacks though, so we thought a word on strategic snacking might be helpful too.
Some of us function better on smaller meals spread out through the day, and if this is you then go for it. Some of us have neither the time nor inclination to do this, and prefer three main meals with a couple of smaller snacks in between. Again, this is fine. The important thing to remember is that you need to look at your total food intake and make sure that the snacks aren’t spoiling it.
Snacking through the day can actually help to stave off hunger (which is why we do it after all!) and to keep blood sugar levels stable, which in turn helps us when it comes to sitting down for a meal. We’re less likely to make poor food choices or to over eat if we’re not ravenous when it comes to lunch time. So snacking isn’t bad!
Go for snacks with a high protein content to keep you feeling fuller for longer, and to help with muscle development. High protein foods also have a slight thermogenic effect, which means the body burns calories when you eat them. So if your snacks are high protein and low calorie, you won’t be damaging your diet by grazing through the day. Your snacks should be low in sugar, low in salt and a good mix of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats.
So what are our top three snacks to grab on the go?
Ok, so there is a little bit of prep needed here, but really it’s not that time consuming to get a real nutritious snack on the go in the form of a green smoothie. We like to keep little bags filled with ingredients needed for one smoothie in the freezer, so that we can grab it, blend it and go! This one’s really easy to make too. All you need is:
- A few handfuls of kale or spinach (your preference)
- A banana
- Half an avocado
- A pinch of mineral salt
- Handful of frozen mixed berries/ other fruit as preferred
- Coconut milk/ almond milk/ coconut water/ water
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy! If you have a travel cup you can make this at the start of your day and pop some reusable ice cubes in to keep it cool until you need it.
Yes, really! The higher the cocoa content the better, because the sugar levels are a lot lower. Not everyone is a fan of dark chocolate, but give it a go. You could always chop some up and enjoy with a handful of raw cashew nuts, or almonds too. A beautifully delicious snack that you can keep in a little pot to indulge in whenever the mood takes you!
Hard boiled eggs
Ok, so this one might depend a little on personal taste, but since eggs are nature’s fast food it made sense to include them in our top three! You can boil a couple of eggs in just ten minutes, stored in the fridge overnight and pop into a pot for the next day with very little fuss. Eggs are high in protein and such an easy snack to just grab and go. You can enjoy them with spinach, or a wholewheat tortilla… lots of shops now stock them in little pots too, so if you run out of time this is one snack you can easily grab wherever you are.
what are your top snacks for on the go?