Healthy Snacks ON-THE-GO : 10 quick and easy ideas!
17 March 2015
I know how hard it can be to eat healthy when you are always on the go. Whether it be work, family responsibilities, travel or admin, these tasks leave us little time to prepare healthy meals every day. That is why it is so important to plan, plan and plan some more! Healthy eating is something that necessitates just as much planning as does co-ordinating a busy day. It requires dedicated time, commitment and discipline to ensure that the food you have access to is healthy, balanced and nutrient dense. The most effective way to make sure you are making the right food choices during a busy week, is to pre-plan your meals over the weekend. I usually like to spend Sunday morning preparing healthy snacks in bulk for the week ahead. That way I know all my food prep is done for the week, and I am able to grab and go without worrying about the selections I make. This also alleviates any stress associated with trying to find time to prepare a healthy meal or snack in the midst of a chaotic day. The healthy snack ideas I have shared with you below are packed with essential vitamin, minerals and low GI carbohydrates, healthy fats and proteins to ensure that you are nourishing your body and that your energy levels are maintained throughout the day.
- Handful of assorted mixed nuts (brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias, almonds) – packed with protein and healthy fats to keep you feeling fuller for longer
- 5 dates and 8 pecans eaten together (tastes just like pecan pie...Yum!) – great before a workout to give you a great energy boost!
- Homemade date and coconut balls – simply blend 250g dates, 1 cup desiccated coconut, 1 cup almond flakes, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. nutmeg and 1 tsp. vanilla extract in food processor. Roll into balls and coat with more desiccated coconut or cacao powder! These are amazing – they keep for up to two weeks, so you can make them in bulk and take with you on-the-go
- Homemade trail Mix: Mix together pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, goji berries, cacao nibs for a healthy dose of magnesium, energy and omega oils!
- Guacamole and vegetable sticks (celery/baby carrots/baby corn/mange tout/cucumber)
- Flaxseed crackers and pesto: For pesto blend fresh basil, ½ cup olive oil, 1 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper in a food processor until smooth; flaxseed crackers can be bought at fresh earth ready-made)
- Sliced banana with Macadamia nut butter: Place 1 tbsp. of macadamia nut butter in a small container and add a little cinnamon. Dip your banana in the nut butter for a scrumptious snack.
- Sliced apple with raw unsalted peanut butter: Slice apples and drizzle peanut butter and cinnamon on top. Add a little raw honey for extra sweetness
- Homemade muesli – Sometimes a handful of crunchy granola really makes for a great snack! Combine rolled oats, coconut oil, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, vanilla extract, stevia, nutmeg, almonds and pecans into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly and press onto oven tray lined with wax paper. Bake at 180⁰C for 20 minutes until lightly browned and crisp. Place in small sandwich packs to take to work or give to the kids for school. Also great as a breakfast over yoghurt or soaked in milk of your choice.
- Banana Bites – slice banana and dip in a mixture of melted coconut oil, crushed almonds, cinnamon and 1 tsp. stevia. Place on baking tray lined with wax paper and bake for 15 minutes.
Yours in Health Always,