Busy schedules can wreak havoc on the waistline as the importance of a nutritious diet is pushed aside in favor of fast and easy high-fat snack foods. However, with a bit of preparation and a well stocked refrigerator, it's possible to satisfy your hunger with some quick, healthy and portable snacks.
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Low-fat dairy products are an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and protein. Portable options include string cheese and yogurt. Additionally, many other cheeses are available in convenient snack sizes and small portions. Examples include cottage cheese, gouda, cheddar cheese and brie. When you are on the go, it is very important that you keep your dairy snacks cool so avoid spoilage or bacterial growth. Keep snacks in a cold-pack case or small cooler with a freezer pack.
For a quick lunch or snack on the go, pack along some hard-boiled eggs. Make life even easier by preparing a dozen at once before the work week begins. Hard-boiled eggs are packed with protein, vitamin D, lutein, vitamin A, choline and other important nutrients. Like dairy products, you will want to keep your hard-boiled eggs cool in a small, cold-pack cooler with a freezer pack tucked inside.
Seeds and Nuts
The seeds and nuts of many plants are high protein nutritious sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Their high content of healthy fats also makes them great for snacks to satiate hunger. Whole almonds are a heart-healthy source of protein and energy. Cashews are lower in fat and packed with protective antioxidants. Sesame seeds and tahini provide an excellent source of essential minerals such as manganeses and copper. Peanuts are a healthy source of protein, vitamins and a chemical called resveratrol, studied for its apparent anti-aging effects.
Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and vegetables are always easy and nutritious choices for snacking. Fruits that can be eaten with the skin on make the most convenient and portable snacks. These include apples, plums, peaches and pears to name a few. Small fruits that are eaten whole, such as berries and grapes are also excellent choices. For vegetable lovers, carrot and celery sticks are healthy and easy to transport in a lunch bag. Other vegetable choices include whole green beans, sugar snap peas and sweet pepper slices.