Life can be incredibly busy (with seemingly more and more crammed into our days all the time!). Juggling work or study schedules can push mindful, healthy snacking to the bottom of the list! But when things get hectic, healthy snacking is just what we all need to help fuel our performance and keep us going. If you’re in need of some healthy snacks, check out our expert-approved ideas below.
The right snack gives your brain and body the boost needed to focus. Eat snacks that are simple and convenient, and nutritionally balanced with a mix of protein, fiber and healthy fats. Yogurt with fruit and granola, whole grain cereal with low-fat milk, or apple with peanut butter are great options. When you want to make your own snacks—and have the time!—try the recipes below.
Crispy Spiced Chickpeas
Foods high in protein and fiber help your body slow the absorption of carbohydrates, which stabilizes blood sugar, keeps your brain stimulated, and keeps you fuller longer. These crispy chickpeas, high in fiber and protein, are super tasty seasoned with coriander, cumin, cinnamon and other spices. Once they’re baked and cooled, portion them into containers to last all week.
Super Seed Carrot Apple Muffin
These sweet, fiber-packed muffins are a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack. Made with flax, wheat bran, shredded carrot and apple, dried cranberries, and sunflower and pumpkin seeds, they’ll keep you fueled and ready to go!
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.