When you’re busy, it can be difficult to eat right. With a little planning, you can have access to nutritious snacks to help keep your energy up and nourish your body (and prevent you from grabbing something unhealthy!). Trainer Shay Kostabi shares her favorite snacks to take on the go to give you some tasty options
1. TJ’s Egg White Salad
Whether you’ve forgotten to pack a snack or want something easy, Trader Joe’s Egg White Salad makes a tasty and healthy snack. Each container boasts 14 grams of protein to help keep you feeling satisfied, with only 100 calories. Creamy yet guilt-free, try the classic chive flavor or the spicy ranchero flavor if you like a little kick.
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Keep a baggie full of almonds in your bag, and you’ll have an easy snack full of protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Almonds also contain fiber, which has been shown to help you feel full longer, playing a role in maintaining a healthy weight. One ounce of almonds contains 40% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, to help keep you healthy.
3. Designer Whey Protein Bars and Protein Shakes
Whey is a complete, lean protein that helps build muscle, increase strength and reduce hunger. Shay loves Designer Whey Bars and Shakes because – unlike other whey products – they don’t require refrigeration. The 100-calorie shakes contain 18 grams of protein and would make an excellent post-workout drink, while the bars contain 10 grams of protein and 170 calories or less to keep your energy up throughout your day.
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4. Oranges and Bananas
Thanks to nature’s design, oranges and bananas make highly portable snacks. Both bananas and oranges are high in potassium, an electrolyte, making them an ideal post-exercise snack.
5. Snaque Ancient Grain, Nut, and Seed Mix
These snack mixes contain quinoa and sprouted lentils to offer protein and fiber. Choose from Coconut Almond Quinoa Crunch, Apple Quinoa Crunch, and Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Crunch. The whole food ingredients while keep you feeling full while supplying your body with nutrients including iron and magnesium.
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Cucumbers are 96% water, providing your body with natural hydration. They’re also rich in vitamin A, B, and C, which help give you energy and boost your immune system. Bring along cucumber slices or sticks for a low-calorie snack; for a twist, try topping them with lemon juice or crushed chili peppers.