7 Healthy and Delicious DIY Snacks for Home and Work
Being healthy requires more than just hitting the gym a few times a week. You also need to change your diet and learn how to incorporate healthier foods into your daily diet. Doing that is often hard, especially if you work long hours. You might find yourself gravitating towards the vending machines or heading to the closest fast food restaurant. As long as you have storage containers that you can take with you to work, you’ll find it easy to whip up a few healthy snacks that you can enjoy both at home and while at work.
Hummus and Vegetables
Hummus has fewer calories and fat than any other dip you might find, but store bought hummus may contain more calories than you would like. You can make your own dip from a can of chickpeas, sesame oil and tahini, which is a type of Mediterranean paste. Add any other spices or seasonings you might like, including garlic and cayenne. Take a small container of the hummus with you to work and a second container of your favorite vegetables like carrot sticks and celery for a quick and healthy snack.
Adult Lunch Kits
Do you remember those lunch kits that you are as a child? The kits came with a few pieces of processed meats and cheeses, a small handful of crackers and a small cookie or piece of candy. You might find yourself surprised at the amount of sodium found in those little kits. Making your own gives you complete control over what you put into your body. Pack a sleeve of whole wheat or cracked wheat crackers and a few slices of your favorite deli meats and cheeses. You can even pack a piece of fruit for your dessert and add a small jar of mustard or other healthy condiments like the ones made by Hampton Creek.
The problem with most commercial trail mixes is that those mixes contain a large number of calories. Manufacturers designed these mixes for hikers who needed to eat many calories to get energy for a hike. The convenient packages are great for tossing in your bag before a camping or hiking trip. When you want to cut down on calories, make your own trail mix. Combine a few handfuls of your favorite nuts with granola and a small drizzle of honey. Bake in a low temperature oven until the honey sticks to the mixture. If you prefer a sweeter trail mix, add a small amount of chocolate candies or dried fruit.
Tortilla Roll Ups
Tortillas are great for those who want to ingest fewer carbs, but tortillas are also great for making roll ups that you can eat at work or home. Lay a tortilla flat on your counter, apply a thin smear of olive oil mayonnaise and add your favorite toppings. You might like ham and Swiss cheese or turkey and cheddar cheese. Try to add some vegetables to give the roll up more crunch, including thinly sliced carrots or a handful of sprouts. Tightly roll one end up before cutting in thin circles. This lets you eat slower, which helps you feel fuller.
Those muffins you see at the coffee shop usually have as much fat and sugar as a candy bar does. Some companies even sell blueberry muffins that have no real blueberries inside. As long as you have access to an oven, you can make healthy and delicious muffins that are much better for you. Instead of using oil or butter, use mashed avocado. Avocados have a type of healthy fat that is actually good for you. You can also use honey in place of the sugar called for in your recipe.
Marinated vegetables serve as a yummy side dish but also work well as a quick snack. All you need are a few spices, oil and vinegar. Cut those vegetables into bite size pieces, toss in a bowl and cover with a sprinkling of your favorite spices. Add equal amounts of oil and vinegar, cover and let marinate overnight or for several hours. If you’re in a pinch, you can even use low fat or no sugar added Italian dressing in place of the oil and vinegar.
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Another healthy snack idea is a bagel sandwich. Eating one first thing in the morning fills your stomach, keeps you from overeating early in the day and gives you the energy that you need. Toast a bagel, smear with a tablespoon of peanut butter and add a small amount of natural or no sugar added jam. You can also dot the peanut butter with sliced strawberries, a few raisins or a few pieces of banana. Wrap or place in an airtight container before taking to work.
When you make healthy snacks at home, you know exactly what you put into your body every day. Watch videos and pick up recipes online to come up with new ideas for snacks that you can enjoy at home and work.
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