We don’t always have time to sit down for a healthy breakfast or lunch. In those situations our normal instinct is to grab whatever is portable and easily available, and you usually end up with something unhealthy like a bag of chips or a pudding cup in your hands. Eating on-the-go doesn’t mean you have to settle for junk food, however — with a little bit of smart shopping, you can easily prepare for those quick-fix moments with much healthier alternatives to sodium-laced and sugar-soaked snacks.
The folks at ReBuilt Meals believe that a healthy diet is one of the keys to happy living, and when it comes to snacks, you don’t have to sacrifice a balanced diet for the convenience of a quick food fix. With that in mind, we’d like to provide some of the best ideas for healthy snack alternatives in our latest blog.
Whole Wheat Pretzels With Nut Butter
Whole grains are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, but most of us don’t get enough of any of these in our daily diets. Whole wheat pretzels have all of these nutrients, in addition to packing a lot more fiber than regular pretzels normally contain. Spoon some organic nut butter on top, and you’ve got yourself a savory, crunchy snack.
We’re not talking about the kind you buy in a can. Mixed nuts (without all the salt and preservatives you usually find in prepackaged containers) are an excellent source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. The wonderful thing about nuts is that they all taste great mixed together, so you can never go wrong picking and choosing your favorites from your local grocer’s bulk section.
As long as you’re avoiding the brands that love to throw massive amounts of high fructose corn syrup into their products, fruit cups can be a deliciously healthy snack. Look for cups at the grocery store that contain no added sugars and preservatives, and you’re good to go.
Avoid the beef jerky or smoked meats and grab some all-natural meat snacks instead. They come in a surprising variety of seasoned flavors and can be found in beef, turkey, and even vegan varieties. Compared to their less-healthy counterparts, all-natural, organic meat snacks have much less sodium and are much lighter on preservatives. They’re also perfect for meat lovers who need a protein kick at the last minute.
You can’t go wrong with a little bag of fresh mixed fruit. Maximize the nutritional value of this snack by adding “super fruits” to your favorite mix, such as blueberries, banana, grapefruit, and pineapple. It might turn out a little too messy to eat with your fingers, but you can always grab a fork on your way out the door.
For an extra-special addition, throw in some frozen grapes! They add a wonderfully cooling crunch to any mixed fruit concoction.
Eggs are easy to prepare for on-the-go eating: just boil them, peel them, and store them in the fridge for your next rushed meal. Although eggs have gotten a pretty bad reputation over the last couple of decades due to various studies linking them to high cholesterol, recent research has shown that eating them in moderation does not affect your risk for heart disease. Eat away!
Celery Sticks With Nut Butter and Raisins
Also known as Ants On A Log, it only takes a few minutes to prepare this classic school snack. Spread some of your favorite nut butter onto a celery stick, throw on some raisins, and you’ve got a healthy treat ready to eat. Just make sure you grab a napkin!
These days, the yogurt section at your local grocery store is a lot different than it used to be. With consumers becoming more health-conscious, companies are going out of their way to make their yogurt with less sugar, fats, and preservatives.Whichever brand of yogurt you choose, stay away from those with more than 16-20 grams of sugar and look for the ones that will provide you with plenty of protein and at least 25% of the calcium you need throughout the day.
Apple Slices And Nut Butter
Another classic kid’s snack that’s great for adults too. Slice one whole apple and spread some nut butter on top, and you’ve got a wholesome, delicious treat that fills you up fast. Who doesn’t enjoy the sweet-and-salty taste combination of this one?
ReBuilt Meals Can Help You With The Bigger Food Projects
For those moments when you can actually sit down with your family to enjoy a complete dinner, trust food delivery service ReBuilt Meals to send you a fresh, nutritious alternative to cooking at home. With a menu that includes vegan meals, keto dishes, and gluten-free offerings, you’re guaranteed to find something delicious and filling for all the members of your family.
It’s easy enough to get started; just pick out a plan here, and ReBuilt Meals will prepare your meals fresh and deliver them to you on Mondays and Thursdays, every week of the month.
You can trust ReBuilt Meals with your dietary needs! Visit their website to find out more.