Do you find yourself at work hungry and there are no healthy snacks in sight?! You’re trying to make healthy choices, but you’re surrounded by cookies and chips! Don’t worry! Having healthy snacks around is not hard, nor does it have to be boring. Snacking between meals is a good habit; it helps keep your metabolism happy and avoid those meal-time binges. The options are only limited by your imagination!
- Have small containers of chicken or tuna salad in the refrigerator at work, along with crackers or bread thins.
- To add sweetness to tuna and chicken salad, add grapes, raspberries, raisins, or even sweet peppers.
- Try whole-grain pancakes or waffles topped with peanut butter instead of syrup.
- Use chia seeds when making a parfait.
- Make your own trail mix with dried fruit, nuts, seeds, pretzels, and yogurt bites. Add some coconut shavings or chocolate bites for sweetness.
- Use avocado spread instead of mayonnaise.
- Make your own hummus and eat it with fruit, pretzels, crackers, or pita bites.
- What are some of your favorites?
OK, so these sound like great ideas, but you may be too busy to make some of these. That’s where planning ahead comes into play. Read on for tips for preparing food ahead of time so it can stay safe and edible.
- Don’t have fresh fruits or veggies? Frozen, canned, and dried works too! With canned veggies, just rinse out the liquid and add your own seasonings. If you choose canned fruit, make sure it’s packed in it’s own juice, water, or very light syrup.
- When making snacks that require refrigeration, prepare only four days ahead to maintain freshness. Leftovers should be thrown out after four days because of possible bacteria growth.
- If you’re making sandwiches, spread peanut butter, mayo, or butter on both sides of the bread to prevent sogginess.
- Make several meals ahead and freeze them. Almost anything can be frozen except mayonnaise and soft cheese.
- If you are on-the-go often and don’t have access to a refrigerator, invest in an insulated cooler and ice packs. Frozen food and drink containers can also be used as ice packs and will thaw by the time you’re ready to eat.
- How do you plan meals and snacks ahead of time?
While there are limitless options and ideas, hopefully this article provided a few that you can use at home. A full stomach is a happy stomach, so snack on!