Happy Thursday everyone!
Lately I’ve been SUPER busy! Its like I’m a new mother! But now that Dax is getting settled in and we’ve formed a routine I’ve found a little time for myself again to squeeze in a post.
Like many of you, one of the most dreaded times of the year are coming up..FINALS! And now this time, not only do I have to figure out how to maintain a workout schedule, I have a little baby to think about as well. But this little face makes it all worth it in the end…
I know that many of you also have this “on-the-go” lifestyle and struggle with fitting meals in, especially healthy ones. Sometimes we get so busy that we forget that were hungry. The all of the sudden when we have a break, this hunger monster attacks us and we eat everything in site! Has this ever happened to you before?? It definitely happens to me!
Healthy Snacking is Important because:
- It prevents overeating at the next meal
- Keeps your blood sugar levels even: this is especially important for those with diabetes
- Provides nutrients
- Keeps you energized (when it’s a healthy carb paired with proteins and healthy fats).
- Enhances performance and improves concentration (whether it’s at school, work, or fueling for a workout)
- Snack only when you are truly hungry, not out of boredom.
- Make sure to choose healthy options (pair a carbohydrate-rich food like whole grains, fruits, or veggies with a protein food like nuts, dairy, etc.)
The problem with snacking is that sometimes we don’t have the healthiest one’s available to use when we are busy and on the go! So here are a couple of my favorite snack options for you busy girls out there!
1) Trail mix- stay away from salted and added sources of sugar. Stick to raw nuts/seeds (not salted) and sugar-free naturally dried fruits or this snack can quickly become an unhealthy one packed with calories. Some trail mixes are so sugary and salty that you would be better off eating a candy bar. This is why I stick to the already portioned bags of Trader Joe’s trail mix.
2) Banana or Apple + nut butter pack (Justin’s Peanut Butter or Almond Butter Packet’s that I’ve featured in a 5 Fab Finds). There are many other brands that also put out there own to-go packets. Choose a nut butter with very few ingredients: nuts and salt(optional).
3) Bars: this is a great on the go snack, but you also have to be very careful about selecting a healthy option instead of a glorified candy bar. ( I’ll discuss this further in my next post). Look for something with a lot of protein, low sugar, and few ingredients.
4) Carrots: Carrots, celery or any vegetable are always great options! If you like to pair them with hummus, this is a great option as well.
5) Greek yogurt (no added sugar): top with agave, honey, cinnamon, or fruit for natural sweetener. You can also top with nuts, granola, or nut butter.
6) Turkey and Cheese slices (make a quick roll up with some pepper or hummus if available) also can wrap with veggies
If you forgot to take something with you… These are the stops I usually rely on while running errands:
1) Starbuck’s Protein Box: I frequently grab one of these if I’m on the go because I am usually stopping for a coffee pick-me-up while I’m out and about anyways! This is a great option if you ditch the little bread/muffin thing that’s inside the pack. You get two small pieces of cheese, a hard boiled egg, a small Justin’s peanut butter pack, a couple apple slices and grapes. This is a great sources of healthy proteins, fats, and carbs!
2) If your at a grocery store, near a Target with a grocery section, or at a snack store at school, pop in a grab a healthy snack option (fruit, veggies, bars, greek yogurt, etc.)