Healthy, Happy, Humble: Healthy snacks for busy people

Column: Healthy, Happy, Humble | Crystal Fernandez

Making healthy choices can be a challenge when you’re on the go. Waking up early, heading towards a long commute and then shuffling from class to class can take a toll on your diet. It is easier to grab whatever is on the way or skip meals altogether then plan to pack your meals ahead.

Despite their convenience and great taste, pre-packaged goodies are often packed with lots of sugar and sodium. Just take a look at the labels and you’ll notice they are not very nutritious. Not to mention, eating out every day adds up and can leave your wallet feeling a little lighter.

The good news is that with a little preparation and the right ingredients, snack time can be healthy, tasty, and hassle-free.

Dried Fruit

As we all know, fruit doesn’t really travel well. It’s not like you can stick a fruit salad in your bag and eat it three hours later, especially not in the South Florida heat. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your fruit on the go. You can buy dried fruit at a supermarket or you can make your own and stock up for the week. Tasteofhome.com has a great detailed recipe on how to make your own dried fruit. It’s delicious, healthy and non-perishable.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts are full of protein and keep you full. Cashews, pecans, pistachios, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts and soy nuts are all healthful options, as are peanut butter, almond butter, soy nut butter and cashew butter. Seeds are also tasty and great for snacking. Pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds are just a few among the many types of seeds. Limit nuts and seeds to a few ounces per serving to keep your calories in check.

Granola Bars

Granola bars are tasty and convenient, there is something for everyone and so many choices. But some granola bars, like many other prepackaged snacks are not as healthy as they seem. KIND bars use real fruit, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, nuts and not much else to make this wholesome snack. When choosing granolas bars, be sure to keep a close eye on the grams of sodium and sugar.

For your sweet tooth

If you happen to have a sweet tooth, there is a healthier alternative to heading towards the vending machine for a quick chocolate fix. Pack some gum or mints for your day. Not only does it satisfy your sweet tooth but peppermint may also help refresh and reenergize your brain.

Having a busy schedule is no excuse for not staying healthy. Make healthier choices and you will find that you can be more energized and happier when you fuel your body with the right foods.

 

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