People who are very busy and on the go can often be tempted to eat fast food when they are hungry. But why not take some healthy, low calories snacks along with you when you are on the go? The following are some snack ideas that are portable and tasty too.
Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you have to eat junk. Snack time is the perfect time to sneak in some fruit or vegetable servings. Avoid anything that is too soft or juicy. A sandwich sized Ziploc bag of carrot and celery sticks can be very satisfying because they take a long time to chew. Bananas that are not overly ripe or any variety of apple also make good choices. Grapes are also a highly portable fruit. If you prefer to drink your vegetables, take a can of V-8 juice with you (just don’t make a habit of this, because V-8 has a very high sodium content).
If you are conscious about getting enough dairy servings, string cheese is an excellent, low fat cheese. Individual string cheeses can be purchased for as little as twenty-five cents in any grocery store, and they count as a whole dairy serving. For those who don’t know, string cheese is mozzarella cheese in stick form. If you prefer other cheeses, the Laughing Cow makes individually wrapped cheeses in varieties such as cheddar and Swiss cheese.
Nabisco makes terrific products know as “100 calorie snack packs”. These are various Nabisco cookies or crackers, made smaller than their usual size, and put into single serving bags that are 100 calories each. Flavors include Oreos, Ritz Crackers, Chips Ahoy!, Goldfish crackers, Wheat Thins and more.
Nuts that are raw, unsalted and unprocessed are another excellent choice. Nuts have surprising health benefits too. A Harvard sturdy published in the September 2006 issue of Longevity magazine reported that women who eat at least 142g of nuts per week were 35% less likely to have a heart attack than those who fewer nuts. Many varieties of nuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is excellent for artery and heart health. Furthermore, nuts are high in protein and antioxidants. Consider a small handful of raw walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts or almonds as a healthy portable snack.
Lastly, to work in a little more protein, some slices of deli meat in a Ziploc bag are a good snack option. Choose turkey, chicken, lean roast beef or even a few slices of ham. A one-ounce serving of deli turkey from Oscar Meyer is about five slices of turkey, and is approximately 50 calories. Protein helps fill you up and make you feel satisfied longer than simple carbohydrates.