January 06, 2014 12:00 AM | by ScoopEmpire.com
Healthy Snacks to Keep in Your Bag
If you are like me and practically live in your car, it’s always better to pack snacks and meals if you want to avoid resorting to unhealthy junk and fast food. So if you have a long day at work, followed by the gym and a lot of traffic, these few healthy snacks will keep you sufficed til you have your full, healthy meal. It’s better to eat a snack every three hours rather than keeping your stomach empty and going for the big meal at night.
Remember: Never leave yourself to starve, because then you end up eating stuff you normally don’t want to eat.Almonds
Keeping a bag of almonds in your bag and reaching for a handful every couple of hours is not onlyway better than reaching for chocolate or chips, but a healthy way to fill up your appetite. Rich in Omega oil (monounsaturated fats) that reduce risk of heart disease, it is also one of the richest sources of Vitamin E, which is great for your skin. It’s best if you eat the almonds with the skin on because the skin contains antioxidants that aid in weight loss.
Do I need to go on about how healthy fruits are? Didn’t think so, so instead I’ll list the most recommended fruits to eat – the least fattening and high in fiber and vitamins.
- Honeydew and Cantaloupe
- Sweet or Sour cherries
Want to cheat your brain into thinking it’s eating carbs and something fattening? Crackers are the trick: They are extremely low in calories, so always keep a few in your bag for when you want to munch and are not in the mood to be completely healthy.
Granola bars are truly a lifesaver. Nature Valley has all flavors that, really, you can’t get bored with. With a cup of coffee for dessert, granola bars are the best way to satiate your sweet tooth and feel completely guilt free!Peanut Butter
Forget Nutella. As hard as this might sound, substituting it with peanut butter is less fattening and way healthier. Because peanut butter is made out of, well you know, peanuts, it contains just as much benefits as almonds. Just make sure you buy original, natural peanut butter to avoid all the preservatives and sugars some brands might add. Using crackers or apples to dip into your peanut butter is a great way to fill up your appetite and a creative way that won’t bore you.
I know this sounds very awkward, but actually boiled eggs are easy-to-pack proteins that fill you for a very long period of time. They’re quick to make, easy to pack, don’t need refrigerating and fast to eat.
Popcorn is something a lot of people associate with gaining weight, however, on the contrary, popcorn is the best and lightest fun snack to have. Of course, excluding the butter and caramel. Indulging in some fresh homemade popcorn that’s very low in calorie might bloat you, but remember this: Anything that bloats you is most probably non-fattening.
Carrot and Celery Sticks with Dips
Slicing up carrots or buying baby carrots and dipping it in items like cheese, Thousand Island dressing, peanut butter or hummus is a healthy light snack to satisfy you til dinnertime. It’s also a fun meal you can share with your co-workers and friends. Play around with it and discover all the dips you can use. I’m sure you’ll come up with awesome ideas that will always keep you excited for that meal!