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5 Healthy Snacks on The Go - by Christy Morgan

Friday, January 22, 2010
While you are busy running around trying to manage your job, your family and social life, it’s a good idea to have good quality snacks available so you aren’t caught with low blood sugar and running to the vending machine. Ideally, you want a snack that has nutritional value, is low in sugar, and is easy to carry along with you. These 5 snacks fit the bill.


Raw Nuts

Nuts are a great snack, easy to transport, and give you essential fatty acids needed for brain function and heart health. Make sure they are raw, not seasoned or roasted with salt. You can roast the raw nuts yourself by toasting them in the oven on a baking sheet at 300F for 5-10 minutes depending on the nut.

Fruit
If you are going to eat fruit as your snack make sure it’s organic, local, and seasonal. The ones with a tougher skin will be the easier to transport, like apples, oranges, bananas, and grapes.

Baby Carrots w/ Hummus
This is a favorite snack of kids and adults alike. It’s easy to find organic hummus and baby carrots at the store or you can make your own hummus from scratch with my recipe below.

Pretzels or Rice Cake w/ Almond butter
This is a great snack that will fill you up and get your brain pumping. You can find organic pretzels with low salt content, and you can even find some made with spelt flour or gluten-free at the natural food market. Get raw almond butter if you can, which has less sodium than the roasted kind.

Lara Bars or other raw bar
Raw fruit and nut bars are all the rage these days. There are easy to transport and available at almost any grocery store. It’s best not to eat more than one of these a day because they are high in natural sugar. They are great for a quick burst of energy before a workout.

lemony-lime hummus

2 cans garbanzos (chickpeas)

1/4 cup olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced (optional)

1 lemon & lime, zested and juiced

1 teaspoon each cumin, coriander, chili powder

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons tahini (roasted for richer flavor)

Pinch of black pepper

Sea salt to taste

Filtered water as necessary

preparation
Combine all ingredients in food processor. Process adding filtered water as necessary to get the texture and creaminess you desire. Season with sea salt.

 



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