Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Perfect Portable Snacks

Everyone has days when they are constantly on the run.  What happens when you get hungry?  Most likely, you grab whatever is easy and usually it’s not the healthiest choice.  Keeping a healthy snack on hand helps you make better choices when you’re hungry.  Check out these easy on-the-go snack ideas. 

Fruit:  The ULTIMATE portable snack.  It comes in its own wrapper and can usually be eaten with one hand.

Trail Mix or Mixed Nuts:  Try a couple handfuls of raw nuts (walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, or pecans).  Mix with a few dark chocolate chips and a handful of raisins.  This handy little mixture can be kept in your purse or desk drawer.

Cottage Cheese with Fruit:  Top 1/2 cup cottage cheese with a 1/2 cup of your favorite fruit.  Mixed berries and peaches are delicious!

Pumpkin Seeds:  Just a handful is loaded with vitamins, minerals and protein.  

Lettuce Rollup:  Grab a large leaf of romaine lettuce, top with a slice of cheddar cheese, spinach, tomato and sprouts.  Use any of your favorite vegetables, the possibilities are endless.

Hard-Boiled Egg:  Inexpensive and loaded with nutrients, eggs are a high protein snack.  Try hard boiling a half dozen at the start of the week.  Store them in a bowl in the refrigerator for a grab and go snack.  Remember, pastured is best!  Check with local farmers for the best deal.

Ants on a Log:  Remember this classic from kindergarden?  Try topping a few celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins.

Smoothies:  You can make this one your own!  All you need is a blender.  Combine a 1/2 cup of greek yogurt with a few handfuls of your favorite fruit and blend.  You may need to add a little water to get things moving.  For a nutritional boost, add a handful of spinach or kale.

Grapes and Cheese:  Dice a half inch thick slice of hard cheese into squares.  Place on tooth picks, like mini kabobs, for easy eating in the car.

Edamame:  Buy them in the freezer section and steam lightly.  Add a pinch of sea salt and chow down!  One cup is loaded with protein.

Veggies and Hummus:  Get out that travel mug and put a few tablespoons of your favorite hummus in the bottom.  Stick a handful of veggie sticks (carrots, celery and snow peas) vertically into mug and screw on the top.  This can be thrown into your purse or gym bag.

Apples:  Slice up an apple and toss with a little lemon juice to prevent browning.  Pack with a couple slices of cheddar cheese or a couple tablespoons of peanut butter for a nice little pick me up.

The Nutter Butter:  Classic comfort food with a twist.  Top a brown rice cake with two tablespoons of peanut butter and half a sliced banana.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Berry Parfait:  Top 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt with 1/2 cup fresh berries and a small drizzle of honey.  Top with chopped walnuts or almonds.

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