When thinking about snacks, I like to think about foods that partner well together and that will keep me full for longer. Here are 5 snacks I like to bring with me when I’m going out:
1. Almonds and Raisins or Dates. Almonds will give you a little hit of protein and fat, while dates have fibre and will give you something sweet to nibble on. I find this combo goes well together and keeps me full for longer than if I were to just have a handful of almonds.
2. Cookies. Yes you can eat cookies of course! However when it comes to satiating your appetite, I want you to rethink the cookies you eat.
I love a cookie packed with oats, nut butter, fruit or veggies (yes zucchini and carrots are great in a cookie!) and no refined sugars.
When we eat cookies high in refined sugars it spikes our blood sugar leaving us wanting more and more.
But if we pack a cookie full of nutrient-dense foods, we’ll be full for longer and we’ll be giving our body the food it needs to keep going on those errands.
3. Apple slices and Nut Butter. This one is a bit harder to eat on the road, but if you store the nut butter in a small container and cut your apple before you leave the house you can dip as you go.
Apples and nut butter are so good. I particularly love apples and almond butter or cashew butter. It’s more satisfying than you might think and it will keep you full for a long time.
4. Smoothies. I love bringing smoothies with me on the go. They’re easy to travel with if you have a mason jar with a fancy lid to drink from (I love these Cuppow lids). Sometimes I’ll pack a smoothie to bring with me to drink after a workout or yoga class or if I’m going to be trekking around a park. I like to pack mine full of greens, nut butter, blueberries and protein powder to keep me full for hours.
5. Veggies and Hummus or Guacamole. I love the idea of cutting veggies like carrots, celery and peppers to store in a mini mason jar with some dip at the bottom. Pop on the lid and you’ve got yourself a great little snack.
You may have noticed that these snacks have one thing in common: they all contain fat, fibre and protein. Think of these three things when you’re making your snacks for the day or any meal in general.
A combination of fat, fibre and protein will keep you full for a long time and you won’t be left dealing with the dreaded cookies and muffins at the coffee shop that will spike your blood sugar.