You never know when hunger will strike. That's why it's important to have healthy snacks on hand to keep you from getting hangry and reaching for that sugar-filled muffin at 3pm.
Whether you're snacking on the run, or trying to get some extra energy before your post-work pump, the easier to eat (and make!), the better. Set yourself up for success with healthy snack recipes, and a plan for your week!
Here are 4 healthy on the go snack ideas that require minimal to no work!
1. Nuts and seeds
These are easy to grab at a moments notice and can be easily eaten on the go! Buy in bulk at Costco, Real Canadian Superstore, or hit up the bag-you-own area at Whole Foods.
Create your own personalized snack packs for portion control. Our favourites? Pumpkin seeds, almonds and cashews!
Best way to measure this? Grab a handful and put them in a bag. This is about the amount you should consume each day if you're eating a well balanced diet, and including healthy fats into each day.
2. High-fibre muffins
Having some sweet treats on hand to satisfy that 3pm slump is key to keeping you from heading to the coffee shop down the block.
Choosing high-fibre alternatives will keep you fuller, longer and help to avoid over-eating at dinner.
- 1 cup oats
- 1 egg
- 3 honey mangos (very ripe)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/2 can coconut milk
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup chopped cashews
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 big tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. maple syrup
- Mix all ingredients in a food processor
- Oil a muffin tin
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes
- While baking, melt coconut oil in the microwave or stove top. Mix in cocoa powder and maple syrup and whisk until smooth.
- Let cool
- Drizzle with the chocolate-y goodness!
Another easy grab-and-go item that you can keep at your desk, in your purse or the car.
Try to reach for ones that won't leave you searching for the nearest sink to wash your hands: bananas and apples are usually your safest bet!
Both are high in carbohydrates to give you extra energy, but don't always provide that lasting fullness you might be looking for. If you're at your desk, try pairing either with some nut butter or Greek yogurt to keep you feeling satiated for longer.
4. No Bake Energy Balls
Similar to the muffins, these are a great treat if you just need a little pick-me-up, especially before a post-work gym session, or if you're on the run.
High in fibre and complex carbohydrates, they'll help to give you more steady energy to burn, plus good-for-you fats that will fill you up longer.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3 pitted medjool dates
- ¼ cup canned coconut milk
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- ¼ cup coconut shreds
- ¼ cup roasted almonds
Looking to increase the protein content? Swap out the cocoa powder for chocolate protein powder, or add in hemp seeds!
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend
- Form into golf ball-sized balls and place in fridge (Tip: add a little coconut oil to your hands before forming into balls to keep from sticking)