We all have hectic days where it is difficult to plan ahead and eat healthy. Here are a few tips and recommendations for when you are in a hurry and need a quick snack!
While snacking, make sure to keep an eye on portion size. Here is a guide to suggested serving sizes:
Raw Fruits and Vegetables = 1 cup (about the size of your fist)
Dried Fruits = 1/4 cup (small handful)
Yogurt = 2/3 cup (nearly a single size cup)
Potato Chips = 1 ounce (about the size of a coffee mug)
Nuts = 1 tablespoon (about 5-10 nuts)
The ideal choice for a quick snack would be fruits and veggies. Some fruits that can help satisfy a sweet tooth include:
- Plums, nectarines and peaches and berries
Grab some dried apricots, dates, blueberries, cranberries, or mangos for a sweet treat. Mix a few favorites together with some coconut flakes and dark chocolate for a sweet, low protein trail mix. Dried fruits are delicious and full of nutrients, but also tend to have excess sugar, so limit your portions to about a handful at each sitting. Add some oats or granola for a bit of variation.
Tortilla chips with guacamole – or even just a simple mashed up avocado and pre-made salsa – has healthy fats and a filling quality.
Popcorn is a great snack loaded with fiber. Try adding some nutritional yeast for a buttery flavor.
Pretzels can also be a satisfying, no-wait salty snack.