Smart snacking

We all need to snack throughout the day to keep our energy up, and avoid blood sugar imbalances. You can escape the temptation of potato chips, candy bars and other high fat sugary snacks by keeping an arsenal of healthy options on hand when you're out and about and need an energy boost.  Try some of these easy and portable ideas to stave off hunger and ensure snacking success!

Nuts are the perfect snack food as they contain protein as well as a good amount of healthy fat.  Opt for raw unsalted nuts to avoid added oils and sodium.  They are calorie dense, so limit your portion to about a quarter cup and divide into small bags to toss into your purse or keep in the car when hunger strikes .  Nut butters are fantastic on their own but spread onto a rice cake or apple and you have a deliciously healthy snack option.

Dried fruits such as raisins, apricots and dates are great sources of potassium, and fiber and provide a quick source of energy.  The natural sugars in the fruit  help satisfy sweet cravings as well as having a chewy texture that makes for happy snacking.

Veggies such as carrots, celery, and cherry tomatoes are low in calories and are hydrating. Try pairing them with a protein packed dip such as chickpea or edamame hummus to keep you satisfied between meals.

Keep a bowl of fresh fruit around for an easy grab and go option.  Fruits like bananas, apples or oranges are great for stabilizing blood sugar, and are filling due to their high fiber content.  If you do desk work keep a small bowl of fruit at the office to help you make healthy choices, and keep you away from the vending machine!

Adriane Rosenberg