Constantly On-The-Go? Avoid These Snacks
You have a crazy schedule, period. Maybe it includes a job, family, social life (what’s that?) and maybe even a hobby or two.
Now those gas station taquitos and sugar-packed energy drinks are looking more and more appealing.
We hustle too. We get it.
So how are you supposed to stay healthy and fit when you’re constantly on-the-go?
What are some better choices if you’re out and need to grab something quickly?
Here’s What To Avoid:
Highly Processed Meats - Jerky can be a good choice if it’s homemade. But most dried meats at the gas station or corner store are highly processed and are high in sugar.
Fried Foods - So greasy and delicious. But sadly, not the best choice!
Sugary Drinks & Yogurts - Grab a water or black coffee instead!
Chips - Crunchy, salty and amazing. We know, but they are high in carbohydrates, fat, and sodium. Read more below for superior choices.
Candy - Hungry? Don’t grab a Snickers! Empty calories galore!
Pastries & Donuts - Sugar, sugar and more sugar. No real nutritional value and unfortunately won’t keep you satisfied for very long!
Flavored Nuts - These tend to have added salt, sugar and preservatives.
Chips - See above!
Candy, Pastries & Donuts - High fat and sugar content, without providing any real nutritional value. Sorry donut lovers.
Try These Foods Instead:
Plain Greek Yogurt - Grab a plain Greek yogurt that has little sugar. Add fruit or nuts for extra taste!
Protein Bars & Drinks - Look for a high fiber and protein content with low sugar in a protein bar. For protein drinks, the shorter the ingredient list, the better.
Hard Boiled Eggs - Easy, consistent and delicious! Added benefit of being able to control the fat content. Fat creeping too high in your snack? Simply throw out some of the yokes!
Fresh Fruit & Fruit Salad - Fresh fruit is always best! An okay second choice is fruit salad that’s been prepared ahead of time.
Unsweetened Dried Fruit - Dried fruit tends to be higher in sugar but is better than most other choices. Just control your portions.
Whole Grain Breads - Think toast, english muffins and bagels.
Hummus - Look for a hummus that uses a quality plant oil like olive instead of canola oil.
Mixed Nuts & Seeds - Go for unsalted.
Guacamole - Pair with some veggies if available or crackers if you’re in a pinch.
Whether you’re hauling ass to get the kids to practice on time, doing returns at a few local stores or taking care of your elderly parents all day, you can stop to get food almost anywhere. Remember that your essential needs come first! Next time you’re at the gas station, you know what to avoid and what to choose instead. Goodluck!
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