If you are always eating on the go, carrying healthy snacks can be beneficial. Healthy snacks should include something that will give you energy, as well as sustain the energy. Snacks should be consumed between meals when you need an energy boost. Remember energy from snacks may only last a few hours. Consuming a snack for a meal may not give you the energy you need to carry you to the next meal.
Below are examples of non-perishable snacks that can be kept in your tote, purse, or briefcase.
- Peanut butter and crackers
- Peanut butter and apple
- Granola bars that contain nuts
- Piece of fresh fruit
- Trail mix
- Single serve packages of whole grain cereal or crackers
- Dry roasted almonds or almonds in the raw
- Dry roasted edamame nuts
Stocking up on healthy snacks can ensure you are prepared when you need the energy most. Strive to stock your bags, purse, or briefcase ahead of time with healthy snacks suggested above or a healthy snack you desire. The next time you go for a cup of coffee in the afternoon, ask yourself whether or not a snack may be needed instead. Eating on the go is tough enough. Being prepared is the first step to a healthier lifestyle.
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Heather Butscher, M.S., R.D., L.D.
University Hospitals Outpatient Clinical Dietitian