Whether you are at your desk, in the classroom or on the go we’ve prepared 6 snacks to get you through your day.
In a recent study, Americans are snacking more than ever. Snacks count for around 25% of the average calorie intake per day. So is this a bad thing? Well it depends.
When we think of snacks the majority of us, myself included, think of them as foods and forget about the beverages we consume on a daily basis. A coffee, sweet tea or even a large soda can end up packing as much calories as a donut or small meal. This is when snacking can add up because we then continue to snack on the solid foods.
Should I just cut snacking out all together?
Snacking has a lot of benefits as long as you are doing it the right way. Some of these benefits include speeding up metabolism, providing nutrients, prevents overeating, and helps maintain proper blood sugar levels. The goal isn’t to cut out snacks but it’s to choose better options. Substitute water for your beverage drinks and choose real food like vegetables and fruits to help fill the gaps in your diet.
We’ve put together our top five healthy and simple snacking options for back to school:
Most protein bars are merely candy bars in disguise. Here is a simple recipe to make your own protein bars for a delicious snack with added protein.
Be careful when you purchase a smoothie at your local smoothie shop. A lot of places like to add additional artificial sugars to improve upon taste. The fruit going in contains all the sugar you need.
Trail mix is a great snack for anyone. Has a combination of the healthy fats, fiber, and protein. Don’t feel like gathering all the ingredients? Harris teeter has a great option already packed. Choose the regular trail mix and I like to add yogurt raisins and banana chips.
If you are a chip fan, I would recommend skinny pops popcorn. Great taste, minimal ingredients and no preservatives.
One cup of edamame, contains 17 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber, and 180 calories. A perfect snack all by itself! Serve hot or cold, season with salt, and enjoy.
Apples are rich in fiber and important antioxidants. Peanut butter adds healthy fats and protein.