Let’s be honest 24 hours are not enough during a busy week day. Where does the time go?
Between fashion scene and non-stop appointments we eat whatever we find. We know the body needs fuel to go on but giving it the wrong type of fuel could wreck havoc for us. With the lack of time to even have lunch sometimes one would grab at cookies, luncheon meats, chicken nuggets, sugary yoghurts, and m&m’s, all these are by the way bad snacking choices.
The good news is that there is a lot of other things we can snack on without adding extra weight, feeling sick, or feeling extra drained. What makes a snack a good snack? A good snack will make you feel good about yourself, will fill you up and will have a higher nutrient density because of it. Here is my favorite snacking on the go list:
- Raw nuts: Almonds, cashews, etc. They are easier to digest, rather filling. They go well with raisins. Do not snack on more than a handful of nuts.
- 1/2 protein bar: The only time a whole bar is consumed must be if you are running a marathon or at least 3 miles daily, otherwise is too much sugar/fat for your body. My favorite bars are made by: raw revolution, kind bars, health warrior, and lara bars.
- 2 tbsp of hummus: Any more than that it’s too much fat. It goes well with carrots, red peppers and celery.
- 1 heaping tbsp of nut butter (almond, cashew, peanut) goes well with celery, apples or make yourself a nice sandwich with 2 pieces of banana. Yum!
- If you have a fridge in your office, wash your grapes, freeze them and after at least 3 hours enjoy this ice cream like treat.
- Try loose veggies like baby carrots, or cherry tomatoes for your sweet and salty tooth.
- Plain low fat yoghurt could be very satisfying. Want to make it sweet? Add your favorite berries, or add 1 tsp of honey, or all of the above.
- Get some fruit: Pack some strawberries in a ziploc bag or carry clementines.
- Eat some popcorn: It is a wholegrain after all so, If you have some time make popcorn at home. Grab a deep pot and 1 tbsp of oil (I use coconut, but you can use olive, canola, etc). When it starts to sizzle add 1/4cup of popping corn and cover it until it starts to pop. Shake your pot from side to side until your popcorn is ready and smelling amazing. The whole process takes 5-7 minutes. Shall I add microwave popcorn is a full of fats and chemicals your body does not like? Add your popcorn to some ziploc bags to go and enjoy through the week.
I surely hope these tips could help you through the busy work week in the industry. Do you have trouble controlling your snacking and want to give it a break? Brush your teeth after you snack and the peppermint flavor will lower the craving for more food, otherwise happy snacking!
Maria Andrade is a New York based Certified Holistic Health Counsellor. She graduated from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has been building her wellness coaching practice as well as integrating Pilates and other body healing technique. Maria’s personal nutritional philosophy is based on the concept of bio-individuality. Nutrition should be tackled according to the unique characteristics of the individual, such as ethnicity, blood type, and activity levels. She also bases her healing practice on numerous dietary theories.
Maria co-founded TotalBodyFit in 2008, in the hopes of bringing her message to a larger audience by conducting the health counselling, fitness classes, and massage therapy right in the client’s home, office or resident lounge. She leads TotalBodyFit’s nutrition workshops, corporate, and cooking events. She is available for one on one nutritional counselling.
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