Staying committed to your health goals is difficult when you’re busy. The average American commutes 26 minutes to get work, which takes up that prep time you might have in the morning. Most of us don’t have the luxury of prepping our snacks, but we want to stay committed to our health and fitness goals.
If you have to run into a convenience store or grab a quick snack from the grocery, it’s tempting to go for what’s readily available near the checkout. But these are not always the healthiest choices. Here are some tips to help you make healthful decisions and keep you on track.
Pack the protein
Your body needs protein to maintain muscle mass and consuming the right amount of protein will increase calorie burn. Though exactly how much protein you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle is debated, the quality of protein is just as important as the amount. Greek yogurt is a good source of protein, as well as hardboiled eggs, or even jerky. A variety of granola and protein bars are good options, as well as peanut butter.
Avoid added sugar
Sugar is essential for the body, but it’s best when it comes from natural food sources. Often you can find single apples and bananas, which make a perfect snack. Many bottled smoothies and teas also have a lot of sugar, so check that labels to make sure it doesn’t have more than 20 grams of sugar. It’s important to stay hydrated, but too much sugar can outweigh the benefits of a blended drink. Taking a bottle of H2rOse with you to the office is a great way to ensure you have a healthy beverage without added sugar or calories. Flavors range from wild berry, apple, peach, and mango and can help relieve stress during a busy day.
Choose whole grains
It may seem like that chocolate chip cookie is calling your name, but unless it’s made with whole grains, skip it. There are a variety of whole grains but are most easily recognizable on labels as whole grain, oats, or even quinoa. Bread and snack bars made from whole grains will give you energy that treats made with enriched wheat flour cannot. They’ll keep you fuller longer and curb cravings.
In a world where busyness is glorified and our commutes are only getting longer, knowing how to make healthy decisions about the fuel for our bodies is increasingly important. Taking these steps to identify nutritious snacks will keep you committed to your goals and set you up for success.
Written by: Lucy Wyndham, Health & Fitness expert.