We all have to eat to live. What we choose to eat makes the most difference in our health. If you’re looking for some healthy and super quick snack ideas, then keep reading today’s guest post by Savannah Coulsen!
Contrary to what many dieters believe, snacking is actually beneficial to weight loss as it keeps blood sugar levels stable while keeping them from overeating later in the day. The key, however, is to choose the right types of snacks eaten. A bag of chips from the vending machine or a cinnamon roll from the bakery is not the right option for grab-and-go snacks.
However, the following options can not only keep your cravings at bay, but may also improve your weight loss.
One very portable grab-and-go snack is Greek yogurt, which has significantly more protein than other types of yogurt. However, it is best to choose the plain variety and add fresh fruit in order to reduce the amount of sugar and increase the amount of fiber. For those who don’t have time to add fresh fruit, experts say choosing a version that already has fruit is acceptable, but to choose one with a low sugar content.
One ounce of nuts has a significant amount of protein and fiber while providing LDL cholesterol lowering properties as well. The key is to be sure the serving size is correct, as nuts are easy to over eat. Consider that 30 pistachios or 23 almonds is a one-ounce serving. The best rule of thumb is that a shot glass is one ounce, so the amount of nuts eaten should be able to fit in a shot glass. Another way to determine the serving size if there is no way to measure them is that the serving should fit in the cupped section of your palm.
One reason that cheese sticks are great for an on-the-go snack is that they are already portioned into a serving size. Add fresh fruit for added fiber and you have an excellent travel snack. It is not necessary to limit yourself to the cartoon-character versions of cheese sticks that you give to your children, however. Websites, such as cheesesticks.com, offer adult versions of these portable snacks, such as Romano Garlic or Dijon Swiss.
There are many varieties of nutrition bars available, from protein-rich bars that can be used as a meal replacement to soft, chewy granola bars that provide a sweet break in the middle of the day. Search for bars with less than 200 calories and that have less sugar than others. Choose those that have natural sugars such as evaporated cane juice or honey. Check the fat content and if the bar does not have nuts, yet has a high fat content, choose a different bar.
These easy, grab-and-go options for snacks are excellent for anyone who is trying to eat a healthier diet, whether it is to lose weight or simply live a healthier lifestyle.
About the Author
Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.
What’s your favourite snack-on-the-go?