Mixed Nuts and Dried Fruits
On those long hours when you are stuck in traffic and there are only fast food chains for miles, it is great to have a baggy full of nuts. Some of the best choices include almonds, cashews, pistachios, and walnuts. You can also add a few dried berries for a great mix of sweetness and tartness.
Just after Halloween, when you are still paying dearly for the excess carbs and sugar, pumpkin seeds would be a good choice for a mid-morning snack. Pumpkin seeds are chock full of dietary fiber and Zinc. The roasted variety is best for consumption because of the nutty flavor. The seeds can be eaten with salt or just a sprinkle of curry powder.
Young soybeans are not just appetizers at Japanese restaurants. They also make for a wonderful and tasty snack on the road. Edamame is cooked for a few minutes and salted before it is served or packed. They are very easy to eat, just like most finger foods, but they are ten times healthier than what you can find in any roadside gas station. Depending on the serving size, edamame can pack anywhere between 15-30 grams of pure protein.
Counting calories does not always have to mean depriving yourself of the good stuff. Turkey Jerky is a tasty snack, sans the unnecessary salt and fat content. You still get the primal satisfaction of chewing meat, but you do not have to feel guilty about it.
Hummus may be the most popular form that chickpeas come in, but it is not the only one. Roasted chickpeas are excellent for snacking, with their natural nutty and crunchy bite. These are perfect for when you are on your way to pick up the kids at school or while watching them at soccer practice.
Indulgence does not have to be sinful all the time. Sometimes, healthy food choices can be just as tasty as the ones that are bad for you, perhaps even more so.