Want some easy ideas for healthy snacks you can grab when you need a pick-me-up?
Instead of reaching for a bag of chips or cookies while you work from home, take a little time on the weekend to prepare healthy snacks for the work week ahead. Your body and wallet will thank you later.
Here are our favorite recommendations for grab-n-go grub:
Make Ahead Snacks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cut up easy to eat vegetables like carrots, celery, and cucumbers and put them in snack bags or individual Tupperware containers. It only takes a few minutes to prepare these healthy treats that are a great fix when you get the munchies.
Prep Time: 10 -15 minutes
Add fruit to your grocery list this week and cut everything up for a colorful fruit salad. If you add a can of pineapple with the juice to your fruit salad it will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. You’ll have a healthy treat that will curb the after-lunch sweet tooth.
Prep Time: 15+ minutes
Boil a few eggs and store in the refrigerator for a healthy protein snack during the day. Hard-boiled eggs are great mashed up on toast in the morning, cut up on a salad, or plain with a pinch of salt. You can never go wrong with the incredible, edible egg as a healthy snack.
Store-Bought Healthy Options
Greek yogurt is higher in protein content and lower in sugar than most regular yogurt. It’s a little more tangy than its sugary cousin, but a little fresh fruit helps cut the tart.
Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese Stick
Cheese is another great protein option and part-skim mozzarella is a healthy choice for those who love cheese but want something that isn’t too high in fat. Take your time peeling and eating strands of cheese for built-in break.
There are hundreds of pre-made trail mix options at the grocery store. You can find everything from combos of chocolate bits and seeds to dried fruits and nuts. If you’re watching your weight or have dietary restrictions, check the label for sugar and fat content and peanut allergy warnings before you purchase.
A snack of apples is classic. You can keep them handy on your kitchen counter and grab one anytime. If you like a little variety, try spreading natural peanut butter on a few apple slices for added nutrition. Trust us, your afternoon food craving will thank you!
Handful of Raw Almonds
You can buy almonds in bulk and portion them out into small bags. Almonds are easily stored in your food pantry or kitchen cupboards, and just a few offer protein and fiber to curb any cravings you might have.
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