When you’re on the go a lot, whether you travel for work, run errands, or are chasing after kids all day, you burn a lot of energy and often need to replenish this with food. Many of us take the convenient route of fast food or sugary snacks at convenience stores, and often times the energy we cling to is in the form of a caffeinated (and probably sugar-filled) beverage.
You Deserve Better
If you want your body to retain the energy that you put into it, then you need to fill it with good energy. Washington Periodontics, a periodontist in Fairfax, VA, helped us put together this list of low sugar snacks that you can grab or prep for when you’re on the go.
Snacks That You Can Prep
Sometimes, all it takes is a few minutes of preparation on a Sunday night to have healthy snacks ready for the entire week. Here are some great snack ideas that you can prep during the weekend.
Celery and Cheese – Buy celery in stalks, wash it, and slice it up into manageable snack sizes. Get a brick of your favorite cheese and cube it up. Place into snack-size food storage containers or into Ziploc bags.
Veggies and Hummus – Slice up some of your favorite veggies – carrots, peppers, cucumbers, celery. Pack them up with a small container of your favorite hummus (make your own so you know exactly what is going into it, or buy a kind you are familiar with for convenience).
Trail Mix – Make your own trail mix with a variety of nuts, like pistachios, peanuts, cashews, and almonds. You can add sunflower seeds, raisins, and semi-sweet chocolate chips for more variety. The protein in this snack is great to keep you up and running all day.
Cucumber Sandwiches – Peel your cucumbers, cut them in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Fill with your favorite deli meat – turkey is a good lean meat with great protein – and add light mayo or cream cheese for a little more flavor.
Finger Salad – These are just what they sound like – salad that you eat with your fingers! Pack a small snack size container with all of your favorite chopped veggies – broccoli, peppers, onions, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers. Add seasonings like oregano, salt, or garlic powder to add some more flavor.
Hard-boiled Eggs – Hard boil a carton of eggs at the beginning of the week. Peel a couple the night before you plan to eat them, salt them, and place them in a food storage container. Give yourself a great protein boost and a yummy snack all in one.
These are all great options for snacks that you can prep in your home. But what happens if you forget to prep snacks? There are still healthy options for you.
Snacks That You Can Buy
Healthy options exist everywhere, it’s just a matter of overcoming the initial temptation to get that chocolate bar or muffin. Here are some healthy snacks that you can find in most convenience stores and grocery stores.
- Cheese sticks
- Sweet potato chips
- Pretzel and hummus snacks
- Cheese, meat and fruit packs
- Fresh fruit cups
- Apple sauce
- Babybel cheese wheels
- Luna bar
- KIND bars
There are many more than just the few that we’ve listed. You just need to know what you’re looking for and you’ll find it. Convenience stores often have a small refrigerated section with string cheese, yogurt, and fresh fruit. Most of the healthy options will be close by.