Changing lifestyles are redefining the way that we eat. Sometimes at work, having lots of meetings and large projects makes taking a lunch break pretty difficult. 40% of Canadians use snacks as meal replacements throughout the day instead of having a full nutritious meal.
Health, convenience, ease of use, variety and portability are all important attributes that consumers are looking for in their snack foods. Here are 5 smart snacks to munch on during the day, so you don’t need to reach for chips.
1. Yogurt and berries
If you’re looking to up the nutritional value of your snacks, go for nonfat Greek yogurt. A one 8-ounce serving contains more protein and less sodium, sugar and carbohydrates than regular yogurt. Top it off with some berries for some added natural sweetness.
Not only are bananas a good source of potassium, they’re an easy option for when you’re on the go. Throw one into your bag and munch away as you type away on your computer.
Pistachios, a member of the cashew family have an exterior shell and take longer to eat, encouraging snackers to slow down and be more conscious of what they’ve consumed thus snackers may consume less calories. Plus, they taste great.
Chickpeas are a source of iron, just half a cup contains 2mg. You can make your own or save time and purchase it from the store.
5. Snap peas
Snap peas are a crunchy and sweet treat, not to mention low in calories. You can munch on them on their own or you can even dunk it in hummus.
Hopefully this gives you some ideas of snacks to eat when on the go. Do you have any other healthy snacks you like to eat?