We are all busy and tend to eat unhealthy at times. But there are plenty of healthy snacks you can stash away to keep your energy up, your taste buds satisfied, and your mind focused.

  1.  Apples

This fruit is perfect when you need a quick, delicious bite that will keep you satiated. Apples are low on the glycemic index, keeping you fuller for longer without a big spike in blood sugar that can cause a crash later on. Slice your apple in advance and grab some single-serving containers of peanut butter at the grocery store; the peanut butter will give you protein and healthy fats to help you avoid getting hangry. If peanut butter’s not your thing, try almond or cashew butter, or place sliced apples in a sandwich bag, add some cinnamon, and shake it up. You’ll be surprised how tasty this combo can be!

2. Hummus

When you’re running from appointment to appointment, a two-minute hummus break can give you the energy you need to keep going. This dish made from chickpeas can satisfy your craving for savory foods while also keeping you full. Dip into it with multigrain crackers, whole wheat pita bread, celery, or baby carrots for a good crunch. Stash it in your staff fridge or in an insulated lunchbox with a freezer pack to keep it fresh.

3. Hard Boiled Eggs

An egg is the ideal package of protein and healthy fat, all wrapped up in its own container–so it’s a great option to have in the fridge. And it’s easy to make a bunch at once with just your oven, a muffin pan, and a bowl. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, place one egg in each of the 12 muffin cups, and bake for 30 minutes. While the eggs bake, fill a large bowl with ice water. When the timer’s up, place the eggs immediately into the ice water and let sit for about 10 minutes. The ice water helps the shell to separate from the egg, making it easier to remove later on. At snack time, sprinkle on some salt and pepper, mustard, hot sauce, or even pesto.

4. Frozen Grapes

This yummy fruit is easily portable and will satisfy your sweet tooth. On top of that, grapes are jam-packed with nutrients and antioxidants. After going to the supermarket, wash grapes, then put them in the freezer. If you want to add more zing to your grapes, sprinkle with powder drink mix such as lemonade or my favorite is cherry Kool-aid. When you’re leaving for work, grab a bunch and place them in a zip-lock bag. The grapes will thaw out as the hours go by, leaving you with a portable, filling, and refreshing snack.   

5. Nuts

A healthy mix of nuts can be the perfect way to squash stomach rumblings on the go. While you can always pick up a premade packet of trail mix, it only takes a minute to make your own without too much sugar or additives. Choose peanuts, a great source of protein and healthy fats that can keep you full for a long time, along with almonds to add even more protein plus vitamins and minerals like calcium and iron. Throw in pistachios, cashews, and hazelnuts, along with some raisins, for a delicious snack that’s easy to munch on all day. Consider adding cayenne pepper, chili powder, and cumin to your assortment for the extra kick you need to get through your day.

6. Peanut Butter

A great source of protein that is great for curbing appetite. The single serving sizes are easy to take with you on the go.

Live Long, Live Healthy!

Dr. Julie Wood is a Nurse Practitioner and has been serving the Middle Tennessee area for more than 30 years, specializing in adults with obesity, prediabetes and diabetes. Office is located at 401 First Avenue, Mt. Pleasant, TN and statewide with telehealth. Dr. Wood can be reached at 931-325-5560, www.diabetesmgtassociates.com, info@diabetesmgtassociates.com.  

Articles are meant to be informative and should never replace the advice of your health care provider.