Long nights out in the storm can be draining. Be proactive and pack healthy snacks that can provide sustenance and energy when there’s no time to stop for a meal. Here are 5 good-for-you snacks:
Hard-boiled eggs. A great source of protein, hard-boiled eggs also are rich in vitamins A (eye health) B (energy) and D (bone health) and thiamin, riboflavin, and folate – all of which provide energy. They also provide heart-healthy fats.
Almonds and walnuts. Help replenish energy with these hearty-healthy snacks that are full of protein, fiber, nutrients and omega-3s. Almonds provide magnesium, a mineral that helps produce energy. A little goes a long way – a serving size is about an ounce.
Fresh fruit. Full of vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber, fruit is great when you need a little energy boost. Bananas, apples, and oranges are easy since they don’t need refrigeration; but berries are lower in sugar and a great option if you can pack them.
Trans fat-free peanut butter. Eat with celery or whole grain crackers and pretzels. Some brands offer single-serve cups that make it more portable. Like nuts, peanut butter offers the healthy fat that can get you through the long hours.
Trail mix. Nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and even fun stuff like dark chocolate ad popcorn combine for an easy snack with all the benefits of the individual ingredients. Make your own to avoid preservatives.
- 1 1/2 cups raw nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews, peanuts, etc.)
- 1 cup raw seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, pepitas, flax, etc.)
- 1 cup unsweetened unsulphured dried fruit
- Fun stuff in moderation (chopped dark chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, etc.)
- Optional spice (sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)