I’ve talked to many people who’ve felt like being busy was the biggest obstacle to getting and staying fit. The truth is however, there are many healthy and fit people that are crazy busy. One of the things busy fit people know is which foods are ideal for snacking on and taking on the go.
Here are some of the simplest snacks you can eat that take little to no preparation.
- Fruits: This is stating the obvious, but apples, bananas, peaches, grapes, and other fruits are portable and convenient. Be careful with dried fruit however as they can be very high in sugar.
- Nuts: Nuts are very nutritionally rich foods and provide healthy fats and protein. They are good for a low carbohydrate snack, but similar to dried fruit, they can be easy to overeat. Avoid nuts that contain large amounts of unnatural flavorings, oils, etc and instead opt for raw nuts or dry roasted nuts. Even better, soak raw nuts overnight, then let them dry to sprout them for even better nutrition and digestion.
If plain nuts are too bland for your taste, I like to take a small mason jar or plastic bag, fill it with slivered almonds (any nut is fine), and combine with spices such as a good seasoning mix, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and whatever else I’d like. If need be, I can add a little olive oil or coconut oil so the spices stick. I then shake up the container and can take it with me on the go for a quick and easy spicy nuts treat.
- Vegetables: Like raw fruits and nuts, raw vegetables are about as simple and easy as it gets when it comes to quick food options. Things like celery (may add almond or nut butters), carrot slices, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and snap peas can all be eaten on their own or combined in a large container (prepare in bulk) and stored ready to be put in a smaller container to for on the go.
I also enjoy keeping a large container of cultured vegetables in the refrigerator to snack on any time with some salsa.
- Goji Berries: Not only do goji berries make a convenient and tasty snack, but they are arguably one of the best foods/herbs in the world for anti-aging. Their importance for the tonic (balancing) effects they have on health go back thousands of years in Chinese medicine. Only an ounce or two a day is needed for the benefits making them fairly economical at about $1 a day. Dragon Herbs sell the best quality Goji berries.
- Cacao Nibs: Raw cacao provides all the health benefits of chocolate without the downsides or “guilt.” If straight raw cacao nibs is too bitter, my suggestion would be to include nibs in a “trail mix” with some sweet fruit like raisins. You can also spice them up with some cinnamon. Keep in mind cacao is a powerful food and it’s possible to either eat too much or find you have a sensitivity to it all together. Some people do not handle cacao well and it’s better to listen to your body.
- Rice Cakes: Brown rice cakes and flavored rice cakes are some of my favorite snacks as they are tasty, gluten-free, and affordable. Go for the kind that don’t add much sweetener. Lundberg’s rice cake products, both organic and regular, are excellent. I realize some may say rice cakes are not ideal for fat loss, but I don’t believe anyone got too fat on brown rice if they’re physically active. As a bonus tip, get the kind with cinnamon as cinnamon helps blood sugar balance and in turn aids in fat loss.
- Pickles: Low in calories, tart, and filling. Pickles make a great snack when a person wants something salty and crunchy to snack on without packing on the pounds.
- Dried Olives: Full of beneficial fats and portable.
- Hard Boiled Eggs: Portable protein on the go. Add a bit of garlic powder, salt, and pepper to spice these up.