Healthy eating advice from our Chief Dietitian Samantha Mark, RTD, CDN:
No matter whom you talk to, everyone is busy or in a rush. Unfortunately, this can lead to delaying meals or skipping them altogether. If you’re swamped at work or busy running seemingly endless errands, sometimes food can take a backseat.
Either way, you’re going to get hungry. When trying to stick to a healthy meal plan, it is important to eat balanced and consistently. Try not to go more than 4-5 hours without a meal or snack. By eating more consistently, you’ll still feel full in-between meals and your energy level will stay high.
Here are some quick and easy snacks that can stay at room temperature. Always keep one on you or in your desk so that you are never left empty handed or with an empty tummy!
- Peanut butter. One tablespoon provides protein as well as some healthy fats. Add it to a small piece of fruit or one serving of whole-wheat crackers.
- Whole-wheat crackers or pretzels. These crunchy, munchy snacks can hit the spot if you are craving something salty. Just don;t go crazy and eat too many! Opt for a lower sodium choice if you are worried about added salt.
- Nuts. Choose plain nuts-raw vs. salted or roasted. But just like crackers or pretzels, don’t over consume. Walnuts or almonds make a tasty, healthy afternoon treat!
- Popcorn. This is a great whole grain that contains fiber. But no, don’t get a bucket doused in butter at the movie theater. Instead opt for plain popped corn or pop your own ahead of time. (Think of how much money you’ll save!)
- Fruit. An obvious but delicious choice. Wash it before you leave the house so it is ready when you are.
- Granola bars. They’re convenient, easy to transport and can be a good source of fiber. Opt for an organic if you are concerned about additives.
If you have a hectic day on your horizon, outsmart your schedule by planning ahead. Carry a snack that can last through the day, or until your stomach says, “Now!”
Until next time,