April 13, 2011 9:13 am
RISMEDIA, April 13, 2011-While many of us try to make healthy eating a priority, the reality is that our busy schedules can make it difficult to eat right while on-the-go. But, if you keep your fridge and pantry stocked with a few key ingredients, it becomes a whole lot easier to make snack choices that are both satisfying and nutritious.
Keep these four foods on hand as healthy, on-the-go snacks that will help you avoid the temptation of vending machine junk food.
Fruit. Whole fruits are a great way to enjoy a nutrient-dense snack when you're in a hurry. Apples, bananas, pears, grapes and oranges don't require any preparation-just grab and go. Frozen fruit is picked at the peak of ripeness and flash-frozen to preserve their nutrient value. Keep frozen strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mango and cherries on hand for a fast and nutritious smoothie.
Nuts. Tree nuts have no cholesterol and are a good source of protein, fiber and healthy fats, which fill you up and help you keep going. They're also a great source of vitamin E and B vitamins, and minerals like magnesium, copper, zinc, selenium, phosphorus and potassium. Buy unsalted nuts in bulk and portion them out by putting a handful into a snack-sized resealable bag.
Popcorn. Air-popped popcorn is a whole grain food that's low in calories and fat. It's also an energy-producing complex carbohydrate and a good source of fiber. Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup. Make a satisfying snack by mixing one cup air-popped popcorn with a few peanuts and dark chocolate chips.
Whole soy. Whole soy is minimally processed to keep soy's naturally occurring nutrients intact. Soy in its whole form is packed full of isoflavones (plant-based compounds with antioxidant properties), vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats, and complete, high-quality protein. Plus, whole soy is low in saturated fat and cholesterol free. You can enjoy whole soy in edamame or dry-roasted soy nuts.
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