Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Ten Healthy Snack Ideas for On-The-Go Goodness!
So, here are a few of my top picks for in-between-meal snacking, on-the-go snacking, or at-the-movies-and-don't-want-to-eat-junk snacking.
1. Fresh fruit! Nature's perfect food. Even if you're driving through the middle of the corn fields in Nebraska and all you can find are gas stations and supermarkets (o.k., this was me), you can at least score a banana or an orange to keep you going.
2. Brown rice cakes (organic whole grain rice cakes can be found in any health food store and in most supermarkets.) Look for tamari or seaweed flavor for a lil' extra somethin'-somethin'.
3. A serving of nuts, especially walnuts or almonds, will provide you with good fats (Omega 3s and EFAs) and keep your energy up.
4. If you're a health food store junkie like me, you're familiar with Kombucha. It's a Chinese tea that's been fermented to form essential nutrients and rejuvenate the body. I swear, it'll tide me over for hours. My personal favorites are Synergy's grape, guava, strawberry, and passionberry flavors.
5. A superfood smoothie or shake is like a mini-meal gift that keeps on giving! Try adding antioxidant-rich fruits like acai and blueberries to yours. I also like to throw in things like kale, flax, hemp protein powder, and soy yogurt.
6. Portable veggies like grape tomatoes, carrot sticks, and celery are easy to munch on while you're driving. Just don't answer the phone at the same time!
7. Energy bars are best homemade (such as my "Raw Radiance Superballs" from Radiant Health, Inner Wealth) but I can also unabashedly recommend Clif Nectar bars. They're organic, raw, and contain whole food ingredients. My personal favorite is the pomegranate.
8. Fun finger foods like fresh spring rolls or nori rolls can't exactly be eaten while driving, but they can be made in advance. Plus, they're really delicious, contain lots of raw, nutrient-rich ingredients, and will make people say "Ooh! What do you have?"
9. Lowfat popcorn (ideally with just a bit of coconut oil and seasonings) is a kapha-busting treat! What in tarnation am I talking about, you ask? Well, kapha is an Ayurvedic term that describes a certain body type, one prone to weight gain. The energetic properties of popcorn (when not smothered in butter, of course) are a great balance for those (like me) who can't just eat half a buffet and remain a size 4.
10. High fiber cereal right out of the box may not sound like paradise to you (or me), but if you're at the grocery store, starving, and want to avoid the temptation to pick up fast food on the way home, this is a great option. Look for a type of cereal that is ideally vegan, organic, and high in fiber.
Choosing healthy snacks is a fun, delicious way to prevent illnesses before they begin! For more ideas on prevention, check out The Kathleen Show's Prevention Not Prescriptions Tuesdays.
Hope these ideas gave you some inspiration to stay healthy while you're on the run! Be happy and I'll see you next time. Thanks so much for tuning in!