Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Snacking on the go made easy!

In the comfort of your own home, it is easy to be health conscious in choosing your snacks. However, it is more difficult when you are out and about. Whether it is a quick snack while running errands or a meal on the way to your next meeting, we are constantly being bombarded with highly marketed choices-- even the ones that are marketed as healthy, may not be.

But don’t fear! There are simple ways to slowly but surely change your snacking choices. First, explore your neighborhood and see the different options out there. If you are familiar with your surroundings, you can make good decisions even when you are in a rush.

Second, be a food "detective" when making snack and beverage choices. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the ingredients used in local food establishments!

Third, the packaging of a product may be attractive, but the only way to truly know what you are eating is to look at the nutrition label on the back.

Armed with the right tips, and tricks it can be easy to snack smart even when you are on the go. Remember, a smart snack should contain a protein, a complex carbohydrate, and a healthy fat. While this may sound a bit daunting at first the combination can be easily achieved, and fuel you for hours. Here is a list of ten simple and accessible snacks!

  • Fruit with nut butter, e.g. green apple with peanut butter, banana with almond butter, red apple with sunflower seed butter (perfect for nut allergies!) 
  • Veggies with hummus 
  • Trail mixes of nuts and dried fruit 
  • Cheese sticks with whole-grain crackers and avocado slices 
  • Lara Bars- many interesting flavors! 
  • Yogurt with berries and a couple of nuts for crunch and healthy fat 
  • Seaweed rolled up with brown rice and avocado or cucumbers 
  • Frozen fruit smoothie: try banana, almond milk and some almond butter for a refreshing and energizing option 
  • Brown rice cake with nut butter and raisins 
  • Turkey cheese and avocado rollups
What's your favorite on the go snack? We would love to know!


  1. I'm a 15 year old girl, and I just discovered your website. I just wanted to say thank you - diabetes runs in my family, and you have given me many ideas for staying healthy! I'm looking forward to see more.