With so many snack choices it is important for our health and well-being to choose the right ones. Instead of that leftover birthday cake or the stale donut from breakfast try these quick and easy snack options: Beef jerky, almonds or hummus and vegetables. Snacks have sometimes received a negative image but if your choices are healthy, they can provide added energy, and help to curb hunger throughout the day. Having a snack that is nutritious can also add additional vitamins and nutrients that might otherwise be missing. There are many ways to get the most from these three options for healthy snacking.
Healthy and Quick Snack Ideas
For those who want a snack on the run, beef jerky can be a good choice for a quick snack. It can be eaten right from the package which makes it a good snack on the go. Because beef jerky is loaded with protein it may keep you feeling full longer. Try crumbling jerky bits on vegetables such as brussel sprouts, broccoli or your favorite salad. Dice it and add it to your cornbread for a a savory flavor. Beef jerky is sold in more than the original flavor. Many local markets carry several varieties such as pepper, Cajun, and bacon flavored. Adding beef jerky to your snack arsenal is a great way to feel good about snacking.
Almonds are not only nutritious; they are a quick and easy snack. An ounce of almonds has approximately 160 calories and 14 grams of unsaturated fat, so portion control is key. Add these tasty additions to almonds for your afternoon pick me up –
- Dried Fruit (such as, bananas, pineapple, or raisins)
- Dark Chocolate (70 percent cocoa or higher)
- Sesame seeds
Toasting is another great way to bring out the flavor in almonds. Add additional flavors such as –
- Brown sugar
For a savory snack try hummus and vegetables. Because it is made with garbanzo beans it has lots of protein which may help curb afternoon hunger. It can be made from scratch or easily purchased from most neighborhood markets. Having these in your pantry will make snacking on hummus easy and delicious –
- Fresh vegetables for dipping
- Pita or flat bread for spreading
Hummus can be purchased in various flavors. Some flavors include roasted red pepper, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomato, roasted pine nut, olive tapenade and of course original. Carrying a hummus snack is a great way to help prevent eating unhealthy throughout the day. Prepare fresh vegetables ahead of time so they are ready to go at a moment’s notice.
There are plenty of other great ideas like peanut butter and celery, cheese and deli meat wraps, apple slices with caramel or nut butter too. No matter which of these healthy, quick, and easy snack options are chosen you can feel good about snacking in between meals again and keep your energy levels high.