As the holiday season starts to come into full effect, it’s easy for your schedule to get out of control. And with varying schedules, comes thrown off meal times, which can lead to getting too hungry and overdoing it later.
But, you don’t have to let that happen to you! Here are 5 healthy filling snacks to always have on hand to keep you from getting too hungry:
There’s good reason you always see almonds recommended as a go-to snack. They’ve got 6 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of satisfying fiber per ounce (23 almonds). Plus, they’re chock-full of heart-healthy fats and vitamins and minerals. At 160 calories per 23 almonds – divi them up and stash them in your bag. Oh yes, did I mention they’re super portable?
2.) Dry Roasted Edamame
A 1/4 cup of these little guys is only 130 calories. But, they’ve got a whopping 8 grams of fiber per serving and 14 grams of protein! They’re surprisingly filling, easy for on-the-go, but most importantly, they’re tasty!
3.) Hardboiled eggs
Talk about satisfying. If you want a lasting pick-me-up that keeps you satiated, keep a hardboiled egg or two in your lunch sack. At 80 calories a pop with 6 grams of protein, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals to boot – a hardboiled egg is a perfect substantial go-to to tide you over until your meal.
4.) Almond or peanut butter packs
Ditch the meal replacement bars and opt for real food. Real food is always a better choice. Spoon some nut butter into a reusable to-go container or snag a nut butter pack (like this) for your bag! Nut butters have all 3 macronutrients (protein, carbs and fat) to keep you feeling full and energized.
5.) A piece of fruit + a piece of cheese
You can’t go wrong with nature’s candy. Grab a pear, apple, banana or orange and pair it with an ounce of cheese (string cheese is always easy to bring) or a small handful of nuts. The protein from the nuts or cheese along with the fiber in the fruit will keep you satisfied.
What’s your go-to snack during busy times? Tell us in the comments below!
Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian and Wellness Coach with a Masters in Nutrition. Specializing in coaching, weight loss, and behavior change, Corinne has helped hundreds of women develop a healthy positive relationship with food, their body, and themselves. She believes lasting change starts from the inside out. Visit her at CorinneDobbas.com