One of the hardest things about eating healthy is knowing what to eat when you’re out and about. The temptation to nip into a café or supermarket and grab a pre-packaged sandwich or chocolate bar is high. Particularly given that in most big cities there are hundreds and hundreds of places offering food from all over the world. It looks delicious, it probably won’t break the bank and you’re starving. But, as soon as you start buying ready-made snacks, your health battle will take a serious hit.
Fortunately, there are plenty of healthy and portable snacks you can tuck away in your handbag and carry around with you for when you get peckish. You just need to think out of the box a little bit. Here are six of our favourites to get you started.
Ideally, get these pre-shelled, otherwise you’re going to have to carry a nutcracker around with you and things could get messy. While walnuts are high in fat, they are full of unsaturated fat that is actually good for you. On top of that they pack a lot of protein and fill you up nicely to tide you over to your next meal time. The tricky thing is making sure you only eat a small handful or you might end up overdoing it on the calories.
Sweet, delicious and healthy, dried apricots are perfect for taking with you on the go and are packed with dietary fibre. Unlike their fresh counterpart, you don’t need to worry about them getting mushed up in your bag and making everything sticky. Just be sure you purchase dried apricots that do no contain any excess sugar.
Buy these delicious little beans either shelled or still in their pods. If they are still in their pods then make sure you shell them yourself. Sprinkle a bit of rock salt on them or maybe some chilli if you want to spice things up and enjoy. Edamame beans are rich in protein, iron, and calcium; low in calories; and do not contain any cholesterol.
Apple and Banana Slice with Peanut Butter
This is one of the more fun snacks you can carry around. Simply dollop some natural peanut butter into a Tupperware along with plenty of apple and banana slice. The apples will provide you with essential antioxidants, while the banana is full of potassium and the peanut butter contains protein, healthy fat, magnesium and more antioxidants.
Veggie Sticks and Hummus
Veggie sticks and hummus constitute a delightfully low calorie snack that will fill you up and won’t make you feel like garbage. You can choose which veggies you want: carrots, peppers, celery etc. Pop your sticks in a plastic container along with a dollop of hummus and you’re good to go. For extra health points, try making your own hummus.
Hard Boiled Egg
It might not be the most exciting or adventurous of snacks, but hard boiled eggs are about as healthy a snack as you can get. Eggs are full of protein and B vitamins and not ridden with calories. In addition to this, eating just one hard boiled egg can make you feel full and satisfied, which could have a knock on effect on how many calories you eat throughout the whole day.