When we’re in a hurry, we might be tempted to skip meals or reach for unhealthy convenience foods. Fast food, chips, and instant meals are convenient for a quick bite to eat, but these foods have little nutritional value. There are healthy options available, whether you are late for class, running out the door to drive to work, or heading to a meeting. Here are some nutritional on-the-go foods for a busy lifestyle.
Fruit: Grab an apple, pear, orange, or banana. Keep fresh grapes in bags so you can easily grab one as you are heading out the door. Dried fruit, like raisins, dried cranberries, dried pineapple, and dried apricots are easy to eat while driving or walking somewhere; just be sure they don’t contain a bunch of added sugar.
Yogurt: It is already pre-packaged, and all you need is a spoon. Try nonfat, plain Greek yogurt for a very low-calorie, protein-packed snack. It might not be the easiest food to eat while walking, but it only takes a second to grab it out of the refrigerator to take along with you.
Vegetables: Keep fresh, washed, cut vegetables in the refrigerator, and you can grab them as you are leaving the house. Broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, radishes, and carrots are some options to keep in mind. Just be careful not to cut up more than you’ll eat because they will go bad faster once they’re cut up.
Nuts: They contain healthy fats and will fill you up. Grab a handful as you are walking out the door, and this crunchy, salty snack will satisfy your hunger. Cashews, almonds, peanuts, and pistachios are delicious options.
Granola Bars: They are perfect to eat on the go, but be sure to choose a healthy kind. Many granola bars are full of sugar. Consider making your own clean granola bars and storing them for later when you’re in a rush.
Edamame: Edamame is a type of green soybean, and one handful contains fiber, protein, and vitamins and minerals perfect to keep you healthy. It was hard for me to find edamame at my local grocery store, but I finally saw it next to all the other oriental foods. (It was right next to wasabi peas in a small bag).
Fruit Pouches: Peter Rabbit Organic Fruit Pouches are drinkable fresh fruit. The idea might seem strange at first, but with fruit and vegetable blends like mango-banana-orange and pumpkin-carrot-apple, these pouches are a great way to eat healthy when you are in a hurry.
Trail Mix: Homemade snack mix is a perfect way to make a delicious, healthy, convenient snack. Instead of buying pre-made trail mix at the store, choose a few ingredients to mix an original blend. Some choices to consider are raisins (or any other dried fruit without any added sugar), nuts, edamame, all natural granola, and sunflower seeds.