From vending machines to airport newsstands, sometimes “fast” food can lead to fast fat. Luckily it’s easy to make good choices and snack smart when you’re on the go. Check out these tasty, good-for-you foods to satisfy your stomach (and taste buds!) in between meals.
Low-fat Greek yogurt is smooth, creamy and tart goodness. Packed with protein (twice the amount of regular yogurt), Greek yogurt leaves you feeling fuller, longer. Toss a container of your favorite kind in your bag for the perfect mid-morning snack or afternoon pick me up. Take it up a notch by creating your own parfait at home by simply layering yogurt, fresh berries, and chopped almonds or low-fat cereal in a plastic container or glass jar.
Try: Wallaby Organic Greek
Say cheese! Top sliced apples with your favorite low-fat, low-cal variety. Give plain crackers a flavor boost with a tasty spreadable version. Or snack on a string cheese on your way to a meeting. Anyway you like it, cheese is a delicious way to get your calcium.
Try: The Laughing Cow Wedges and Mini Babybell
When you’re being tempted to venture into dangerous treat territory, always go with fruit. Whether you choose an apple, orange, pear, banana or berries, you’ll feel good about satisfying your sweet tooth with a natural, nutritious snack. No fresh fruit available? Snag a bag of dried fruit. But check the label to ensure that it’s high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, not sugar.
Try: Peeled Snacks
Snacking on a handful of heart-healthy nuts is a great way to refuel during a tiring day. From omega-3 packed walnuts to antioxidant rich almonds and pistachios, you’ll be sure to gain a nutrition boost with every bite. But don’t go nuts. Be mindful of serving sizes to keep your fat intake in check.
Try: Kind Healthy Snacks (especially the all natural, fruit and nut bars)
Reduced Fat Chips or Crackers
Sometimes it’s impossible to resist chips. So, when you’re craving something salty and crunchy, indulge in a healthier version. Whether they’re multigrain, potato or soy, be sure to check the label to ensure they’re not high in sodium, fat and calories. And stick to the portion size!
Try: Glenny’s Soy Crisps
Veggies and Hummus
Do go gaga for garbanzo beans? Fill a ziplock bag with baby carrots, sliced peppers, celery or cucumbers. Dip into a small Tupperware of creamy hummus or purchase single servings for even more convenience. Look for a hummus brand with no trans-fat or cholesterol.
Try: Sabra Hummus Singles
Jessica Solloway is a Washington, DC based writer and producer. From wedding planning to work, dating to dieting (and everything in between), she enjoys writing about lifestyle topics women want to know about. Jessica received her degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Check out her blog, The Savvy Mrs.