Let’s be honest; no matter who you are, everyone loves to snack — even those of us who try to lead active, healthy lifestyles. But unfortunately, the easiest foods to grab on the go are rarely the ones we should be eating.
Thankfully, “easy” and “good for you” no longer need to be mutually exclusive. In the spirit of smart snacking, we’ve partnered with SOYJOY to round up the habits of habitually healthy, insanely busy individuals.
1.They’re Prepared For Hunger BEFORE It Strikes
Sara-Mai Conway, Co-Founder & COO of Resolute Fitness, runs a multi-location business, manages a team of 24, and teaches indoor cycling classes. Conway said the key to planning ahead is making sure she has healthy, non-perishable snacks stored everywhere, like her office, bag and even in her car.
“If I don’t have that, I’m likely to get too hungry and then binge later on the unhealthy stuff in desperation. I do get hangry!” she said.
2. They Practice Portion Control
Daphne Borromeo, a public relations specialist and new mother, said she preps her snacks by dividing them into single-serving portions.“I often purchase 100-calorie bags of almonds and popcorn, or pre-portion out snacks into small Ziploc bags,” she said. “I also do not keep large bags or boxes of snacks at work to prevent me from having one serving too many.”
3. They Get Creative With Flavor
According to Jennifer Purdie, who trains for triathlons in her spare time, injecting flavor into a healthy snack can help satisfy cravings and take food to the next level.Jennifer blends flavored olive oil and balsamic vinegar together and pours it over cut up vegetables. “Right now I’m using jalapeno olive oil and pineapple balsamic vinegar for a sweet and spicy blend,” she said.
4. They’re Nuts For Nuts
For Nakoa Decoite, a professional surfer and personal trainer, nuts are the best snack for chasing swells and helping clients. “I love macadamia nuts, almonds, cashews, all kinds,” said Decoite. Just make sure the nuts you choose aren’t roasted in any hydrogenated oils or covered in sugar, he warned.Nuts are also the choice snack of Arianna Huffington, the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. “I love taking a break to enjoy hazelnut pistachio mix, two of my favorite nuts combined,” she said.
5. They Stay Hydrated
Aicacia Young, a registered dietitian who runs her own business, emphasizes the importance of hydrating throughout the day.“Sometimes we confuse hunger with thirst. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will keep you from overeating or feeling constantly deprived,” she said.
6. They Seek Out A Smart Source
Comedian Dan Nainan, who travels frequently for performances, said that he manages to snack healthy by locating a health food store wherever he lands. “I’ve performed in 22 countries and this works for me!” he said.
7. They Get The Most Bang For Their Buck
Rania Batayneh, a nutritionist and single mom running a private practice, maximizes the energy potential of her snack by thinking about its nutritional components.According to Batayneh, a balanced snack should have a combination of Protein, Carbohydrate and Fat. For example, her recipe for a sunflower seed parfait includes one cup of plain yogurt, one tablespoon of raisins, and one tablespoon of sunflower seeds.
8. The Grab-And-Go
Melanie Banner, a fitness blogger and mother of 5 (with one on the way!) said she relies on healthy, convenient snacks on a daily basis.
“Some of my favorite grab-and-go snacks are bananas, apples, grapes, carrots, 100 percent fruit leather, healthy protein or nutrition bars (I look for real and short ingredient lists), yogurt, string cheese and all-natural popcorn.”