5 Simple Healthy Snack Strategies

5 Simple Healthy Snack Strategies

~for individuals and families living in the fast lane~

 

One rarely hears “Oh my goodness, I have more time than I know what to do with.”

 

We’re all busy. Even the retirees in our Tribe are constantly on the go. With full days and restless nights, it’s easy to feel like there just isn’t enough time to slow down and care for ourselves. Fast food is one of the easiest shortcuts to take, but it also has abundant consequences in the body.

 

The fact is, the person you follow on Instagram who has a seemingly perfect life has exactly the same amount of time that you do. Certainly everyone has different situations and stressors, but the reality is, you have time to make health happen! Health is a constantly unfolding journey; as different stressors and seasons enter our lives, we must adjust routines and strategies in response to keep ourselves on the correct path.

 

There are infinite possible strategies, but here are 5 tips to help you keep healthy snacks quick and simple every day:

 

 

5 Tips for Simple Snacks Every Day

1. Slice and Dice the Alphabet

  • A few times per week, peel and cut up apricots, beets, bell peppers*, cantaloupes, carrots, celery*, cucumbers, dragon fruit, grapefruit, green beans, guava, honeydew, jicama, kiwano, kiwis, loquats, lychees, mangoes, olives, oranges, papayas, passion fruit, persimmons, pineapple, pomegranates, radishes, rambutans, snow peas, sugar snap peas, starfruit, tangerines, or watermelon and distribute into single-serving containers for a grab-and-go snack

2. Get Raw

  • Every evening, wash apples*, blueberries, blackberries, cherries*, clementines, cumquats, figs, grapes, nectarines*, peaches*, pears*, plums, raspberries, strawberries*, or sapote for on-the-go snacks. Bananas and dates of course require little or no preparation! 

3. Find Fat

  • Buy nuts, seeds, and healthy fats in bulk from retailers such as Farmer’s Markets and Nuts.com in their most raw, organic, forms to ensure purity at budget-friendly prices. Avoid pre-roasted, salted, and seasoned nuts and seeds, which may contain hidden chemical additives.
  • Nuts: Almonds, brazil nuts, coconut, cashews, macadamia, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios or walnuts
  • Seeds: Pumpkin, sesame, or sunflower seeds
  • Dips & Spreads: Avocado, hummus, nut butters, paleo mayonnaise, raw nut oils, salsa, or tahini

4. Cook It Up

  • Slice and bake several days ahead: acorn squash, broccoli, butternut, cauliflower, eggplant, parsnips, plantain, pumpkin, sweet potato, spaghetti squash, summer squash, turnips, winter squash, yams, yucca and zucchini for rich, healthy carbohydrates which help you stay full. 
  • I like to prepare squashes as round discs which may be spread with avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, or raw honey and often will make large batches and freeze them in individual-portion containers.

5. Bars & Packaged Snacks: Be Bare

-Packaged snacks should have as few ingredients as possible, and avoid chemical preservatives such as MSG and propylene glycol.

 

When facing overwhelm, remember that nutritious food is fuel that will power your days and give you the boost you need to get things done! Reverse “garbage in, garbage out” and watch your life transform before your eyes. Better food, better fuel, better you!

 

Questions? Ask me below!

 

*should buy organic based on EWG’s 2018 Dirty Dozen list. Organic is always better, but if you have to compromise with your budget, EWG’s Dirty Dozen list can help you prioritize which foods you absolutely must buy organic and which have lower toxicity levels. 2018’s top 5 with the highest pesticide counts are strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, and grapes.