We live in a modern world where we’re always on the run. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to sit down and make a meal, let alone a healthy one. Luckily, our modern world also provides lots of opportunities for healthy snacks on-the-go! So be sure to stock up on these 12 healthy foods to keep your body satisfied and fueled.
Even if it sounds gross, don’t knock ‘em till you’ve tried 'em. Not only is seaweed one of the most nutritionally rich foods on the planet, it’s also a naturally salty, which can be great for satisfying cravings. Check out your natural food store for seaweed crackers or rice crackers that contain seaweed. Can’t find ‘em? Pick up the nori paper that is used for making sushi.
Hummus is one of my staple snacks because it goes well with so many things! Carrots, cucumber and mushrooms are easy to throw in a baggie for easy dipping. You can also put hummus on rice cakes or whole grain bread. There are a wide variety hummus brands and flavors available, so test them out, being conscious of the any processed or artificial ingredients.
Want to try making your own? Blend some garbanzo beans, lemon juice and tahini together for instantly delicious homemade hummus.
Almonds or homemade trail mix
When you’re hungry, a handful of almonds are one of the most satisfying foods you can find. They’re high in protein and healthy fat; plus, they're rich in important nutrients. Be sure to not to overindulge, though. A handful is all it will take to keep your energy high and your weight in check.
If you’re feeling motivated, you may want to make yourself homemade trail mix. Mix a variety of nuts and seeds, dried fruits and dried coconut together in a bowl and store it in your refrigerator. When you're running out the door, simply toss some of the mix in a baggie to keep on hand.
You may scrunch your nose at this suggestion, but sardines are a healthy, inexpensive and extremely nutritious snack. These little fish are rich in Omega 3s, a fatty acid essential for your body. If you can, go for the wild sardines. Try them on whole grain bread or whole grain crackers.
One of my favorite to-go lunches is a homemade quinoa salad. Take the time to do your cooking in advance, then store the salad in your fridge for the week. Quinoa is an excellent grain because it is a complete protein that will keep your body satisfied for a long period of time.
A quinoa salad generally includes cooked quinoa, chopped veggies (carrots, celery, and onion if you’d like – sautéed or raw), raisins, almonds and the dressing of your choice. Personally, I like a blend of apple cider vinegar and olive oil, but feel free to be creative – add whatever you’d like!
Fruit may seem like a no-brainer, but it's actually an under-rated snack. When I’m on the go it’s so easy to throw an apple or orange into my bag. There is so much variety in the fruit world, you’re sure to find one that you love!
In a rush? Grab a bag of carrots. I try to keep a bag of carrots in my fridge at all times. Carrots can give you the satisfaction of a crisp crunch while providing a variety of health benefits.
Hard boiled eggs
Before a busy week, I often boil up a bunch of eggs. It’s nice to have hardboiled eggs on hand for a quick punch of high-quality protein. They’re easy to pack and they provide a great source of whole-food nutrition. Don’t be afraid to eat the whole thing – the yolks and the whites work together to nourish your body.
Turkey wraps involve a bit of prep work, they're particularly satisfying after rigorous exercise because your body needs the protein to restore you muscles after your workout. Choose your favorite tortillas (mine are gluten free teff wraps), then wrap up slices of turkey and your favorite greens in the tortilla. You may also want to add some salad dressing or mustard to enhance the flavor. Pack your wrap in tin foil or plastic wrap and throw it in your bag for later.
Kale has a strong flavor and texture that some people may not appreciate, but it actually makes a deliciously healthy and crunchy chip-alternative. Cut the kale off the stems into tiny pieces (chip sized), and toss the pieces in a bowl with olive oil. Spread the kale out on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with sea salt (turmeric is also good!). Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees F. Put the chips in a plastic baggie and take them on-the-go!
Garbanzo bean brownies
I’m not much of a baker, but this was one I had to try! These brownies use garbanzo beans as a substitute for flour, and surprisingly, they have a thick, almost fudge-like texture that is extremely enjoyable! And, as far as desserts go, they are at the top of my list for nutritional health because the beans are packed with high-quality nutrients.
Here’s a link to my recipe for garbanzo bean brownies: http://junglegirlhealth.com/blog/2011/09/foods-for-fall-beans
Many modern women are sensitive to dairy, but if you’re one of the lucky ones who are not, a quality organic yogurt is a great food to take with you. The probiotic bacteria found in yogurt help encourage healthy digestion. Yogurt is also a good source of protein and calcium. There are a variety of organic yogurts available at most grocery stores. Choose the ones that are unsweetened or use natural sweeteners.
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