It’s the middle of the afternoon and your stomach starts growling per usual. You know you only have a few more hours before dinner, but you’re so hungry you dive for the bag of chips in your desk: quick, easy, and tasty. Snacking like this can cause you to eat too many extra calories during the day that aren’t healthy for you. If your stomach starts rumbling, try out one of these on-the-go snacks as a tasty and healthy alternative.
Cashews, almonds, peanuts, and any other nut you can think of, are a great snack between meals. Nuts are higher in calories because they are rich in healthy fats. These fats are great for keeping you healthy and keeping your hunger at bay. Pre-pack a handful of nuts into a few plastic bags and keep in your desk, car, or purse for when you need that afternoon pick-me-up.
Cut a few lengths of celery and spread some peanut butter on them and top with raisins. This low-calorie, protein-packed snack is the perfect sweet and salty combo. If you’re not a peanut butter fan, try out another nut butter or just eat the celery plain.
Any type of fruit makes a good snack–they’re easy to grab and keep on-hand throughout the day. A banana, apple, or even an orange, are great if you don’t want to spend time bagging a snack while grapes and cherries are perfect if you don’t want to peel your snack before enjoying it!
Just like fruit, vegetables are a low-calorie snack that help fill you up and give you energy. What’s great about vegetables, especially carrots, snap peas, and cucumbers is that they are very easy to carry around.
Popcorn is not only the greasy, buttery snack at the movies: when made the right way, popcorn can be a healthy snack. Look for low-fat popcorn when shopping or air-pop your own! Add your own seasoning like salt and pepper, Parmesan cheese, or chili powder, to spice things up.
Oatmeal is more than just a breakfast food, it can also be a quick snack between meals. While making the oatmeal yourself is best, buying instant packages work too–just remember to buy the original packets with no flavoring so it stays as low-calorie as possible.
7. Yogurt parfait
Skip store-bought yogurt with fruit in it–the artificial flavors and syrups in those can have so many processed ingredients and excess calories. Instead, build your own fruit yogurt with the fresh fruit of your choice and Greek yogurt. Top it off with granola if you’re looking for a little crunch.