Whether we are dashing off to work, taking or picking up kids from school or other activities, running errands, shopping, exercising or traveling, we are on-the-go more now than ever. These things are part of life but as we add more and more to our schedules, our ability to make smart snack food choices gets clouded.
Where I live, we have every big fast food chain, convenience store, sandwich shop, etc up and down the main drag. This is not uncommon. And while it’s convenient and tempting to grab and go, we need to remember that there are healthier, just as convenient options that will keep you going between meals much better than a bag of pretzels or something from the $1 menu.
A “healthy” snack should have some protein, fiber, and/or whole grains, little to no added sugar, sodium and be fairly low in calories and sat (saturated) fat. So, what’s left? It’s not as bleak as it may seem…
Here is a list of my top 10 grab-and-go snacks, beyond fresh fruit and veggies (which is always a good choice):
|Snack||Calories||Total Fat||Sat Fat||Fiber||Sugar||Protein|
|Hard boiled egg (1)||80||5.5 g||1.5 g||0 g||>1 g||6 g|
|Banana (1) or Apple (1) + Peanut Butter (1 Tbsp)*||180||8 g||1.5||4 g||16||5 g|
|Dry roasted mixed nuts (1 oz.)||170||14.5 g||2 g||3 g||1 g||5 g|
|Unsweetened, unsulfured dried fruit such as mango, apricots or apples (1/4 -1/3 c)*||110||0 g||0 g||2 g||21 g||1 g|
|Uncured Turkey Jerky (1 oz.)||80||1 g||0 g||0 g||7 g||11 g|
|Part-Skim String Cheese (1)||80||5.5 g||3.5 g||0 g||>1 g||7 g|
|Baby Carrots (10) + Hummus (1/4 c)||140||5.5 g||1 g||5 g||5 g||4 g|
|Shelled edamame (1/2 cup)||100||3.5||0.5||6 g||1 g||10 g|
|Light Microwave Popcorn (3 1/2 c)||120||4 g||1.5 g||4 g||0 g||3 g|
|Triscuits (6)||120||3.5 g||0.5 g||3 g||0 g||3 g|
*Average. Nutrition information may vary slightly among brand name products.
What fuels you? I’d love to hear from you!