Road Ready Snacks
Whether you're off to class after work or taking the kids to football practice you can snack healthy. "Knowledge is power and we have choices." You may have heard registered dietitian Zonya Foco say this at a HAP Weight Wise program. Snacking is a danger zone for many of us -- especially when we're in a hurry. Planning is the key to smart snacking. Just as you think through meal planning with the grocery circular, use this same time to think about the upcoming weeks' activities and when you may need a quick bite on the go.
Here are a few healthy ideas for your snack pack:
- Peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread (cut in quarters)
- Individually-wrapped low-fat cheese sticks
- Baby carrots, celery sticks, sugar snap peas, apple slices, grapes, red or green pepper slices
- Nuts and seeds, such as raw almonds and walnuts (in small, 1 oz. portions), soy nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds
- Individual serving sizes of low-sodium vegetable juice cans, 100% juice boxes, or soy/rice/almond milk
- Whole grain crackers
- Granola bars
- Baked chips or rice cakes
- Raisins, dates and prunes
- Natural applesauce cups
Many snacks don't require any special storage or utensils, but plan ahead for those that do. It's easy to keep cold snacks cold by popping them in a portable cooler with an ice pack. Other useful items for on-the-go eating include wet wipes, plastic utensils and a garbage bag for the car. For food safety, be sure to put any leftover items in the refrigerator each evening.
And for road safety, don't eat while driving. Your passengers may eat, but you'll need to wait until you reach your destination.
Calling all wise women, tell us... what is your favorite portable snack?