The days are growing longer, which means you’re often up earlier, out later, and may want to stock your bag or desk with some extra food to keep you going. Remembering to pack healthy snacks when you can hit the vending machine isn’t always easy, but that candy bar won’t keep you full for long. And eating unhealthy packaged treats day after day may add some unwanted pounds that could increase your risk of diabetes or stroke and mess up your training. Instead, stock your pantry with these healthy snack ideas that will power your miles and keep the afternoon slump at bay.
You can’t get a much better portable, all-natural snack than the trusty banana. It comes with its own packaging and is a good source of potassium for muscle function. Add a tablespoon of nut butter for some added protein.
For a quick, sweet treat and a boost of energy, grab a small handful of your favorite dried fruit, like mango, banana chips, or pineapple.
Prepped veggies can go a long way when you’re hungry and trying to make smart snacking decisions. Slice up a bell pepper, high in fiber and vitamin C, and toss in a container or zip-top bag for on-the-go munching. These also go great with a side of hummus.
High in vitamin C and K and resveratrol, grapes can help lower your risk of heart disease and boost your immune system. Pop them in the freezer overnight for a frozen treat, perfect for cooling down after a run.
Instead of grabbing a donut on your way out the door, which actually is better than eating nothing at all, reach for a hard-boiled egg. They’re easy to prepare the night before but travel well, so you can have a high-protein breakfast on the go.
Boost your vitamin C intake with this easy-to-pack snack. Clementines are easy to peel and make a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up. Plus, the small size makes them a no-brainer to stash in your lunchbox or gym bag.
Keep a family-size container of nuts—cashews, almonds, peanuts—at your desk or in your car for a heart-healthy, filling snack. Stay away from the honey roasted and salted varieties, which can add a lot of sugar and salt to your snack.
This snack with a satisfying crunch can be eaten on its own or paired with nut butter or hummus. It’s also a great way to get vitamin K and potassium, even if you’re not quite ready to jump on the celery juice craze.
Though watermelon will take a bit of prep time (just slicing), the result is a refreshing snack. Reach for it before or after your run for a hydrating boost of antioxidants and vitamins.
Cheese is an excellent source of protein and satiating fat—choose the full-fat variety for a filling snack. Most cheese sticks are fewer than 100 calories and can help fight off hunger until your next meal.
You can buy fresh edamame and shell them yourself or buy frozen shelled edamame and thaw before you have to grab ‘n go. These soybeans are high in plant protein and fiber.
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