When you’re busy, it can be really hard to be healthy when you can just pull into a drive-thru and make an unhealthy choice. I have found that if I keep healthy snacks with me, I can do a lot better at avoiding those unhealthy foods. Stick to your healthy plan by upgrading your snacking with these 5 quick, easy and filling options.
- Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter
Almond butter beats peanut butter in terms of fibre, iron and Vitamin E. Spread around 1-2 tablespoons of creamy almond butter on a rice cake for a low calorie treat. This snack comes in at around 60 calories and can fight off that afternoon hunger in just a couple of bites.
Almonds are a great source of healthy fats and Vitamin E as well as magnesium and potassium. This healthy food can be addictive though, so I try to make sure I separate serving sizes into plastic bags in case I start to overindulge! Almonds can be that great pick-me-up.
- Deli Roll-ups
Take your favorite deli meat like turkey or ham and roll it up with some celery sticks for a protein filled snack. This snack has become a staple in my diet, and it definitely tides over my hunger.
A crisp, sweet apple is always a nice way to help beat a craving. Whenever you start to crave something sweet, bite into an apple or maybe even add some peanut or almond butter.
- Yogurt with Granola
I always try to keep a yogurt at work so that when I hit my afternoon slump, I’ll go grab the yogurt instead of getting candy at the vending machine. Try to go for plain greek yogurt instead of flavored, and always measure your serving size of granola. I made the mistake of bringing the whole bag to work one day! It’s safe to say it was gone in a couple of days.
Try to start out each week by planning your snacks. When you snack right and snack to succeed, you will feel less hungry before meals and your energy will improve. If you eliminate all other unhealthy options (or at least hide them) you will be more than happy with the results! Have fun snacking!
By Guest Author: Lauren Byrd
Lauren is a contributing writer for Orangetheory Fitness. She regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle and fitness blogs. She loves to spend her free time travelling and being active.