Eating healthy can be challenging, even for the most motivated person in the world. Unhealthy food is easier to get your hands on, and faster to prepare in most cases. So eating healthy not only take persistence and dedication, it also takes planning and execution. You need to prepare healthy meals, snacks, and have some healthy dessert options in your back pocket, just in case you get a craving for something sweet.
But, by far the thing that it’s easiest to forget, and important to remember is healthy snacks. Most people get hungry during the day, and if you don’t have some healthy snack options with you, you may find yourself snacking on unheathy foods between meals. According to John Foy, attorney and founder of John Foy & Associates, “Half of the battle of eating healthy is learning to manage snacking. If you aren't prepared with snacks during your day, it can be really easy to make poor choices at the vending machine at work. So make sure - if you want to eat healthy - that you prepare healthy snacks in advance to bring with you."
Find yourself some easy recipes, prepare them in advance, and bring them with you to work - or wherever you’re going.
Granola bars are an obvious choice for anyone looking for a snack that is quick, full of protein, and easy to get. You can make your own granola bars, or buy them at a store. As long as you stick to ones that are heavier in nuts and granola than they are in chocolate or other unhealthy additives, you’ve found yourself something easy and cheap.
Pita Chips and Hummus
Pita chips or bread are a solid, healthy alternative to potato chips. Most varieties are baked instead of fried, and contain less sodium. Add to your chips a little hummus for protein - and flavor - and you have an easy, filling snack to help keep you from grazing all afternoon. Be careful, however - the hummus has enough protein that it can ruin your appetite for dinner if you eat too much, or too close to a meal!
Healthy Trail Mix
Most trail mixes that you buy at the store are somewhat healthy, but contain things that might make them less so. If you’re determined to eat a healthy, filling snack, try making your own trail mix at home. It can be a little pricier than picking one up at the store, as you have to buy all the ingredients. But you get much more out of it, you know exactly what it contains, and you’re eating something healthier in the long run.
Whenever most people think about eating healthy, fruit and smoothies are generally what spring to mind. It’s a fairly obvious choice if you like sweet things - fruit is healthier than candy or chocolate, and can satisfy a sweet craving if you do it right. So if you like fruit, maybe make a smoothie to bring to work. You’ll also get other things in there like yogurt, and if you add some protein powder, it will do a good job of keeping you full in the afternoon.
Yogurt and Granola Cups
Yogurt does have dairy and fat in it, so it can be considered less healthy by people who are very serious about their diets. However, if still contains nutrients, protein, and healthy fats that your body can more easily digest. If you add in a scoop of fruit and granola, you have a healthy breakfast - or an afternoon snack to bring to work that both tastes amazing, and will keep you away from the vending machine if you get the munchies.