I hope you had a spectacular Memorial Day, hugged a veteran and ate a bunch of watermelon! 🙂
Today’s post is all about something that I get asked ALL the time….
What should I eat for a power snack?!
A power snack, by my definition, is something that tastes good, gives you sustained energy and is high in nutritional value.
For 99.9202848% of people, it also has to be something convenient with little to no prep time.
Challenge accepted: Friends, family, clients, lend me your ears…er, eyeballs….
Here are my 5 go-to power snacks:
1) Hardboiled Eggs: Hand’s down, this is probably one of the most nutritious things you could eat to power up and fill up in between meals. Quality fat, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, choline, selenium, B vitamins, phosphorus…the list goes on! It’s like nature’s multivitamin! Make a dozen or so hardboiled eggs during your weekly food prep. Or, do what I do and make them on Sunday nights while watching The Real Housewives of OC. Your choice.
2) Homemade Trail Mix: This snack, just like eggs, packs great fats, a combo of salty and sweet flavors, an array of vitamins & minerals and is a great on-the-go option. Keep the sugar content low and watch your serving size! Eating out of a jar of homemade trail mix could turn into a slippery slope very quickly! Pre-portion out your servings! Also, Experiment with nuts and other things you wouldn’t generally buy pre-packaged in a store. One of my favorite combos is: Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, dried pomegranate seeds, dried flaked coconut, cashews, white chocolate morsels. Yummmm!
3) Hummus & Veggie Slices: If you eat beans and legumes, this is a very portable option. The brand Sabra now makes serving-size, on-the-go containers of hummus. Prep your veggies or buy some pre-cut and you’re on your way to a delicious, nutritious, filling (there’s a bunch of fiber in this snack!) snack to eat in your car on the way to pick up your kids or on the way to your next business meeting.
4) Apple and Nut Butter: I crave sweet snacks and this one does the trick every time. Fiber, Vitamin C, folate, Vitamin K and all the other incredible stuff an apple has to offer combined with the (good!) fats and protein in nut butter= Win-win! You can easily buy already-sliced apples. Pre-portion your nut butter (generally 2 Tablespoons does the trick and stays within a serving size!) and you’re on your way to a satisfying and delicious snack.
Any other easy, healthy go-to’s up your sleeve??!! Lemme know! 🙂