Experts tell us that the best snacks have a bit of protein for long lasting energy and a bit of complex carbohydrate for a quick boost. And a bit of healthy fat can't hurt either.
We've gathered a few of our favorite packable snacks that are easy to prepare, and perfect to munch down on even the briefest of breaks.
- Strawberries and whole milk greek yogurt for dipping. We like the whole milk varieties, but low-fat and non-fat are excellent, also.
- Shelled edamame, radishes and cilantro salad. (See recipe below.) For when you crave a crunch, thaw out some frozen organic edamame, so easy.
- Peanut butter and sliced apples. A classic. For a little twist, try almond butter and pear slices.
- Cheese stick wrapped in thin-sliced turkey or ham.
- Snow peas, baby carrots and sliced bell pepper with a little hummus on the side. As much as we'd like to make our hummus, let's face it, the grocery store packs are a lot easier. And they taste pretty good, too.
- Banana and a mini handful of pistachios.
Most of our travel nurses are fans of portable snacks, but snack packing does take a little bit of planning ahead. Here's our update on some of our picks for reusable containers for those make-ahead meals.
Thaw and cook the edamame in the microwave, in a covered glass bowl until tender. About 2 minutes after thawing is complete. Mix in radishes, cilantro, soy sauce, sesame oil and optional hot sauce. Keep chilled. Serving size is about half a cup.
This dish contains sodium and soy. If you're avoiding those, reduce the quantity or try a no-sodium substitute. Edamame are an excellent source of plant protein and fiber. Radishes contain vitamins C, B and K and another healthy hit of fiber.