Healthy Grab-And-Go Snacks
Feel like you’re always on the go? You are not alone. Between work, family, friends and those neverending errands, it can be difficult to snack healthy. So next time you have a jam-packed schedule, try these Healthy Grab-And-Go Snacks.
Jerky is meat that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips and dried. It makes a convenient snack that’s very high in protein (approximately 9 grams per ounce.)
Jerky can be made from a variety of meats, like beef, chicken, turkey and salmon. While it can be found at most grocery stores, keep in mind that store-bought versions can be high in added sugar and artificial ingredients, so be sure to check the nutritional ingredients.
Want to try your hand at making your own jerky? Check out this recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are a legume boasting some remarkable nutrients.
A half-cup serving contains 7.5 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber, in addition to providing some of almost every vitamin and mineral. They are particularly high in folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese.
One yummy way to prepare chickpeas for snacking is by roasting them with some basic seasonings and olive oil.
These are essentially a turkey sandwich without the bread and are a nutritious high-protein snack.
Make turkey roll-ups by placing four turkey breast slices on a plate and then spreading each with a teaspoon of cream cheese. Place a strip of cucumber and/or a tomato slice on the turkey and roll them into wraps.
(Each wrap contains about 5 grams of protein from the turkey and cheese, as well as some extra nutrients and fiber from the tomato and cucumber.)
Pumpkin seeds, either raw or roasted, are great for a quick snack and provide protein and some other valuable nutrients that can curb your hunger until your next meal.
One ounce of pumpkin seeds contain 5 grams of protein, as well as a significant amount of fiber, magnesium, zinc and polyunsaturated fatty acids. They also provide disease-fighting antioxidants, including vitamin E and carotenoids.
Greek Yogurt Parfait
Greek yogurt is a healthy and high-protein snack, with 20 grams of protein per one-cup serving, making it more filling than yogurts with lower protein contents. It is also high in calcium, which is important for bone health.
Make your Greek yogurt even tastier and filling by combining one cup of yogurt with granola (a tablespoon or two) and mixed berries in layers. You can make life even easier by buying a premade parfait, usually found at your local grocery store in the cold area of the produce section.
No-Bake Energy Bites
Energy bites are a yummy snack filled with protein containing a combination of ingredients, such as nut butter, oats and seeds, and rolled into bite-size balls.
A major plus – they don’t require baking. You can prepare a batch ahead of time so that you have a snack available when you need to grab one and go.
Try this no-bake energy bite recipe from All Recipes.
Some other healthy grab-and-go snacks can include:
- Trail Mix
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Slices of Cheese
- Handful of Almonds
- Veggies with Hummus or Yogurt Dip
The important thing is to enjoy a healthy snack while you’re on the go so that you’re not tempted by junk food. You’ll thank yourself at the end of the day.
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