Do the words healthy and snacks in the same sentence make you yawn? Well, they shouldn’t! I highly suggest brown bagging your lunch and snacks if you work outside the home. Heck, I moved our office into our house and I still pack my meals! Packing it fresh can save you $2000 a year if you work outside the home. That’s a lot of money!
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Snack attacks usually hit us either out of boredom or because we are hungry, 2-3 hours after our meal. To prevent unhealthy snacking by raiding your pantry or paying a visit to the vending machine, here are some of my favorites go-to snacks:
1. Vegetable Plate • You know those pre-cut fancy vegetable trays sold at the grocery? You can make your own mini plate! I fill a small container with pepper slices, sugar snap peas, carrots, and cauliflower. Not only is it bright and colorful to the eye, it offers a variety of tastes and flavors.2. Cottage Cheese • A half cup of low-fat cottage cheese is less than 100 calories. It’s low in fat and carbohydrates but high in protein; making it a perfect creamy adult snack.
3. Fresh Fruit • Always pack one piece of fresh fruit. If you can spare the extra minute, make yourself a berry fruit salad. I combine diced strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and grapes for a sweet and delicious snack. Fresh fruit goes bad at your house? Mix up frozen fruit! It stays cool and will be thawed out and delicious by snack time.4. An Apple a Day • Applesauce is not just for kids! 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce is a great 100-calorie snack. Apples contain complex carbohydrates so they energize faster than eating something high in sugar. Plus, applesauce naturally has no fat or cholesterol.