Eating healthy tends to be quite the challenge when you’re someone who’s always on-the-go. Whether you’re short on time to make food or eat it, it’s never easy finding healthy meals and snacks that won’t derail your health and fitness journey. To help you out with that, we found some fantastic healthy snack ideas that take almost no time to make and can be taken with you wherever you go. Of course, they’re absolutely delicious too!
The beloved legume is, of course, the base ingredient of hummus – and who doesn’t love hummus? Chickpeas are delicious and healthy and also have an impressive amount of protein. In fact, just one cup of chickpeas has 50 grams of protein. Meaning that one half a cup has 25 grams of protein which is a large amount. The best part is that chickpeas also have a lot of healthy fiber and carbs – both are necessary for keeping your energy levels high throughout the day.
Eating a mix of healthy nuts – a variety without any flavoring or salt – is a fantastic snack full of protein. The best way to go about making this snack is by adding an ounce of pistachios to a mix that includes peanuts. Doing so will add another 6 grams of protein to your snack. Nuts are a great source of fiber and healthy fats too, making them the perfect on-the-go snack.
Apples and Almond or Peanut Butter
This snack is perfect when you want a mix of sweet and savory. All you need to do is cut up an apple and then dip in unsweetened almond or peanut butter. One serving of almond or peanut butter is normally around 2 tablespoons and turns out to have about 7 grams of protein.
Greek Yogurt and Berries
When you’re looking for a sweet treat that will help raise your energy levels, grab some plain Greek yogurt and berries to make a delicious and nutritious snack. Greek yogurt is a fantastic source of calcium and potassium as well as protein. As you probably know, berries are one of the best sources of antioxidants you can find. Eat a mix of differently colored berries to get the most out of all of them.
Dark Chocolate and Almonds
If you want something rich and chocolaty, grab some dark chocolate and a few almonds. Dark chocolate is full of flavanols that can help lower blood pressure and even reduce the risk of heart disease. These benefits only apply to chocolate with 70% cocoa at least. Almonds are high in healthy fats that are good for the heart. These fats have beneficial effects on blood sugar control, too. Finally, both dark chocolate and almonds are high in magnesium.
Cucumber Slices and Hummus
Cucumber and hummus are great combined. Cucumber has a compound called cucurbitacin E that might have anticancer effects. Not to mention, since hummus is made from chickpeas, olive oil, and garlic, it can help reduce inflammation and might help improve heart health as well.
Did you know that eggs are one of the healthiest foods you can eat? They don’t deserve the bad reputation they have. It turns out that aside from having a lot of protein, eggs are very filling and can help reduce the number of calories you eat throughout the day as a result. Not to mention, they are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and “good” cholesterol.