Life is busy for most of us which can lead many people to make excuses for their nutrition. You need good food to fuel that active life of yours, though! When you are getting the proper calories and nutrients, you will feel more energetic and therefore be more productive each day as you check everything off on your work and life to-do lists. Here are my (current) favorite convenience snacks made with real ingredients for healthy fuel! Just WOW. That is all I can say about flackers. Believe it or not, I found these wonderful flax crackers for the first time at HOME GOODS. Can you believe that? I had one bite and have been hooked ever since. Now the only place I can find them is Whole Foods, so I try to stock up whenever I am there. Flackers have so much natural flavor that you don’t even think about dipping them into hummus or any other dip. Every time I buy them and eat one I think “these are even better than I remembered!”. They all are made of flax seeds, apple cider vinegar, Braggs liquid aminos, and spices. As the box shows you, the 6 filling crackers pack 7 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and 4.5 grams of omega-3 fats into just 100 calories. Snack WIN right here. Peanuts are excellent because they have slightly more protein than tree nuts, which helps keep you feeling full. A handful of them plus a small piece of fruit can be very substantial. Roasted soynuts are even higher in protein, but lower in calories, with 12 grams and 130 respectively per 1/3 of a cup. They also have a few grams of fiber and lots of potassium which most Americans don’t get enough of. Also in this picture are my go-to packaged bars. The KIT’s Clif bars are similar to Larabars, but they are certified organic which puts them a step ahead. Cashew is my favorite flavor and contains only cashews, dates, almonds and sea salt. If I am craving chocolate I typically go for the dark chocolate almond coconut. Yum! This one has dates, almonds, unsweetened dark chocolate, coconut, coconut oil and sea salt. The nuts and dates in KIT’s bars are an excellent source of potassium, too! Next is my new KIT’s bar find… Dark Chocolate Chili Almond. OMG this thing is good! I found it at Organnons late last week and had to try it. It has a little more sugar (naturally from the dates) than the other KITs bars, so it is best pre-workout or when you really want a treat. Ingredients include: dates, almonds, unsweetened dark chocolate, sea salt, cinnamon, vanilla bean and cayenne pepper. Again, all organic.
If the above snacks don’t fill you up for the caloric content, pair a piece of fruit with some Enlightened Crisps. They’ll satisfy your craving for crunchy food without the added fat and with plenty of protein and fiber. Garlic & onion is my favorite flavor, but they have 6 others! Get 20% off at eatenlightened.com with code “EATREAL20” or pick some up at Whole Foods.
Below is another yummy, organic snack choice with one pure simple ingredient per bag! Bare dried fruit snacks have been hanging around our house and my office lately. I have an apple almost every day, but why not have a baked, crunchy one to change it up once in a while? The mango is great too but like any dried mango, it is chewy not crunchy. Dried fruits can be a great snack but always check the ingredient list before purchasing. You don’t want to see added sugar of any form or sulfites! The bare chips are literally just “organic fuji apples” and “organic mango”. Can’t ask for better than that!