When you’re in a rush, it’s easy to snag the closest snack food you see and conveniently forget about carbs, calories and sugar.
After all, who has time to measure out a half a cup of almonds, a quarter cup of nonfat yogurt and slice up some strawberries? When it comes to snack time, faster is almost always better, but it definitely doesn’t always mean healthier.
Hidden Fats and Sugars
Many snacks that are easy to eat when you’re out and about are easy to carry, but not so easy for your body to process and turn into usable energy.
Packaged crackers, cookies, bars and bagels are often highly processed and full of salt, sugar and "bad fats".
So-called energy drinks and soda are full of sugar and chemicals that don’t have a place in any healthy diet, and while they may help boost your energy temporarily, you’ll pay for it later when your sugar high comes crashing down.
Even foods that are widely believed to be healthy contain large amounts of sugar. Things like orange juice, energy bars and many breakfast cereal bars are packed with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and preservatives.
So what can you reach for when you’re pinched for time and ready to dash to the car, but you don’t want to dash your diet? There are a few tried-and-true options that will help fill you up guilt-free.
Portable Power Foods
Check out these 4 awesome “on-the-go” healthy snack options that taste great and will help you keep your energy levels up without the sugar or nasty fillers:
2. Edamame – a green snacking option, but this one will require a little ahead-of-time preparation. Check the link for preparation tips.
3. Sardines – Mediterranean or Atlantic sourced sardines are one of the healthiest snacks you can eat. Don’t be put off by this food when you open the can; the taste is actually quite different than the smell and you can buy the sardines in mustard, olive oil, or hot sauce.
4. Veggies With Healthy Dressing – grab a small bag of pre-cut broccoli and cauliflower from the grocery store and dip in oil & vinegar dressing, or the healthy vinaigrette linked to above. This “Healthy Vinaigrette” dressing is one of the tastiest, natural, healthy options we have found, and it is available at most Atlanta area Krogers and healthy food grocers like Whole Foods.
Additionally, here are some recommendations for healthy fast-food options from paleocupboard.com
If you would like to learn more about healthy eating for boosting your energy levels and keeping off the fat, schedule a time to meet with one of our specialists at Natural Health Atlanta. We will help you set-up a personalized dietary plan and you can get testing to determine your unique food sensitivities and allergies.