Running errands all day isn’t always as fun as we’d like, especially running them while hungry. We’ve all been in this situation, running around all morning after a light breakfast only to realize that we’re hangry and need a snack. Once the hunger pangs hit, it is usually hard to ignore, and your body starts to show other signs – lack of focus, cranky, tired, etc. So try keeping some snacks around to avoid that uncomfortable hunger feeling and prevent binging at your next meal. Having a snack for when you are on the go is essential to keep your energy up, get the important nutrients in, and prevent overeating or binging on foods that might not be the best choice.
To have a nutritionally sound snack, you want to aim to have protein, fiber, and healthy fats to keep you full. Depending on your schedule, choose a snack that best fits your needs. Check out some of the snacks listed below!
- Trail mix or mixed nuts
- Individual packs of peanut butter or nut butter and a piece of fruit
- Cheese and crackers
- Whole-grain cereal
- Vegetables or crackers with hummus or guacamole
- Greek yogurt and berries
- Roasted chickpeas
- Peanut/nut butter and jelly sandwich
- Granola bar
- Peanut butter crackers
- Low-sodium jerky
Consider what your day looks like to best plan or decide if snacks are needed. For example, if it is an extended period between your meals, pack a couple of snacks or a higher calorie, nutrient-dense item. If you know you’ll be outside or do not have a good place to store snacks, choose a more shelf-stable item that can handle being in a backpack or bag. Incorporating snacks into your routine is helpful to maintain energy, ensure you are meeting nutrition requirements, and may prevent overeating at the next meal.
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