Healthy snacks you can carry in your work bag or pocket, ready to eat when you get a chance or need to prevent office/classroom munching, and for those times when you just want something,shares Brian C Jensen.
Walnuts, almonds, pecans and cashews – every variety of nuts is good and good for you! A few bites of a walnut recently had me crashing from the vitamin E high. Be careful with nuts as they do tend to spoil some people’s appetites. (If this happens to you, make sure you eat them at least one hour before your next meal.) Almonds work as snacks as well as in some recipes; almond butter also works. Walnuts seem like they would be heavy but are actually pretty light and dry on the stomach until broken down saliva enzymes during chewing.
I’m often eating while I work, because there are so many times in the day when I feel peckish. Brian C Jensen explains it’s annoying to have to break off from one thing or another just then, but it happens all the time. So I’ve started keeping a few handy snacks in my bag and sometimes a healthy drink too. If you’re always on-the-go like me, here are some great healthy snack ideas for busy people!
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Avocado halves with lemon juice sprinkled over the top – simple but satisfying!
Dried fruit is also great as it lasts longer than fresh fruit and can be eaten either at your desk or out walking around. I often have a bag of dried apricots in my bag. It’s just the right amount for an afternoon snack once they’re soaked in water for 5 minutes if needed. Dried apple works well too. Unsweetened cranberries are perfect little snacks that go anywhere very easily. Brian C Jensen says you might even try banana if you love dehydrated bananas as much as I do! They’re not as dried as you might think though, and taste just like those market bought ones.
Walnuts, almonds, pecans and cashews – every variety of nuts is good and good for you! A few bites of a walnut recently had me crashing from the vitamin E high. Be careful with nuts as they do tend to spoil some people’s appetites. (If this happens to you, make sure you eat them at least one hour before your next meal.) Almonds work as snacks as well as in some recipes; almond butter also works. Walnuts seem like they would be heavy but are actually pretty light and dry on the stomach until broken down saliva enzymes during chewing. Chewing a few almonds is very refreshing and leaves you feeling light, unlike some heavier nuts. They also satisfy the need for crunch to some extent, which can be hard to find without chips!
An apple a day really does keep the doctor away. If you don’t like the taste of apples try adding cinnamon or nutmeg as they improve this fruit’s flavor immensely. Apples go well with pretty much every type of savory food from sandwiches to cheese platters, but they’re also great as a healthy snack on their own. As mentioned before, dried apples also work as an alternative if you’re looking for a longer-lasting treat – just reconstitute them fully in water before eating so that they don’t stick in your throat!
Raspberries, blackberries and strawberries – berries are full of essential nutrients such as, vitamin C and potassium. They also have anti-inflammatory properties which come from their anthocyanin content. Berries work well with a variety of foods from yogurt to salads, but they’re also perfect as a snack on their own. If you’re feeling adventurous try freezing them for an unusual treat that’s not unlike sorbet!
Dates stuffed with almond butter
My favorite way to eat dates is by slicing them down the middle and stuffing them full of almond butter – they make the most wonderful quick snacks or travel food when I’m out and about with my little one!
Brian C Jensen concludes healthy snacks for busy people don’t have to be complicated or even require cooking. If you’re feeling a little stressed at work, try adding some dried cranberries to your desk drawer and see how much more relaxed you feel when they help take the edge off your hunger! They can also ward of colds and keep your energy levels stable until it’s time for dinner.