Easy Healthy Snacks As Part Of A Healthy Lifestyle
Below are easy healthy snack ideas listed in three categories: little or no preparation, some preparation, advanced preparation.
Easy Healthy Snacks That Require Little or No Preparation
All Fruits can be combined with a serving of almonds. Almonds can be combined with small serving of raisins or other dried fruit.
- Pre washed baby carrots
- Raw or roasted and lightly salted almonds
- Prepackaged protein bar with a glass of water and small fruit
Easy Healthy Snacks That Require A Little Preparation
- Hummus on whole wheat crackers or whole grain crisp bread
- Celery and peanut butter
- Roasted red pepper hummus and bell peppers
- Low-fat cottage cheese with fresh pineapple
- All natural yogurt
- Celery and peanut butter
- Air popped popcorn
- Sliced cucumbers
- All natural applesauce
Easy Healthy Snacks That Require Advanced Preparation
- Hard boiled eggs
- Low fat cheese and whole grain crackers
- Black beans and salsa with whole grain chips
- Whole wheat pasta with low sodium pasta sauce
- Tuna with peppers and onions and tomatoes on whole wheat toast or pita bread
- Protein shake and small fruit
- All natural peanut butter and all fruit jelly on whole wheat toast/bread
- Plain all natural yogurt with strawberry preserves and pureed banana
- Small salad
Healthy Snack Tips
- If you are running late and need something quick consider using this list and running into your local grocery store produce department instead of driving through a fast food restaurant. This can get you by until you can get home to eat a healthy dinner.
- Consider eating three medium sized meals and two snacks per day. This will give you a steady source of energy all day.
- Purchase a small cooler and keep it in your car for days you will be on the road.
- Carve out time in your daily routine to prepare your lunch and snacks for the next day.
- Preparation is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Planning your meals ahead of time will help you turn down unhealthy options such as that box of donuts at the office, or hitting the fast food drive-thru. Never go anywhere without a healthy snack.
Is Eating Healthy Food Expensive?
In order to answer this question let’s compare the two options by looking at two possible options.
6:00 am-Coffee and skipping breakfast $2.00-$6.00
8:30 am-Famished, grab a donut from the office
10:30 am-Sugar crash more coffee $2.00-$6.00
12:30 pm-Forgot to pack a lunch so race through the drive through $5.00
Total Spent: $9.00-$17.00
6:00 am-Coffee and oatmeal or eggs and toast $2.00
8:30 am-Still satisfied from breakfast, glass of water or green tea $.50
10:30 am-Snack time. Almonds, plum $2.50
12:30 pm- Lunch Grilled Chicken and veggies in a whole wheat pita bread, side of cottage cheese, water $4.00-$6.00
Total Spent: $9.00-$11.00
Eating healthier can cost the same or less as the unhealthier option. Not to mention, eating unhealthier food can drain energy and cause sugar crashes which in turn cause you to reach for more food as your body attempts to get the energy it needs to get through the day.
Medical bills associated poor health can be astronomical and can cost far more than a higher grocery bill. The time you take at doctors appoints and away from work and family can lower the quality of life and lead to emotional strain as well as the financial burden.
In other words, making healthier choices is an all around excellent choice, not only for short term daily energy needs but for long term health benefits.
Healthy snacking is a small change toward a healthy lifestyle. Start today and happy snacking!