Let’s talk about snacks. I mean grab-n-go, straight out of a package snacks - nothing homemade here! It takes a little research, but there are good options out there when you needs something portable, crunchy, and easy. Big thanks to Costco for stocking these finds! Rx Bars: their label says it all - 4 ingredients, no BS. The chocolate peanut butter is my personal favorite. This bar makes a great midday or post-workout snack. Nutritionally, these bars are a great blend of carbs and protein, and will promote satiety. I like to pair an Rx Bar with 1 cup berries for an easy, on-the-go breakfast. Hippeas: these “cheese curls” take me back to my childhood sitting around a campfire with fingers covered in sticky fake cheese. This is still fake cheese, but I can get behind the ingredients list! Is this an everyday food? No, but it provides a healthier alternative when you are in the mood for a traditional snacky snack. Made Good Granola Minis: my kids love these pouches and I feel good about giving them a package that uses fruit juice as a sweetener and nutrient-dense ingredients. Pair a granola pack with 10 almonds for a nutrient-dense snack that is low in added sugar. Apple pouches: these babies are so versatile! They are a great pre-workout snack if you need a pick-me-up and want to minimize GI distress during your workout. They also are a great grab-n-go snack for kids and adults alike. Pair an apple pouch with a protein like 1/4 cup nuts or minimally processed beef jerky for a filling snack.
If you are very active or go more than 4-5 hours without eating, snacking is a good idea. I always recommend pairing a protein and/or fat with something the contains fiber (think fruit, veggies, or whole grains). This pairing of fiber, fat, and/or protein will keep your blood sugar balanced and have you feeling on top of your game!