Saturday, December 22, 2012

On the run

How many times have you stopped this holiday season mid shopping trip because you're so ravenous or you feel shaky, you'd stop anywhere in the world to get your belly fed?

Well, nevermind the nutrition, the savings you can get by packing a snack and a water to accompany you on your shopping trips or long car rides may be a selling point in itself. Stopping at a fast food establishment, coffee shop, restaurant, or even vending machine to hold you over could cost your wallet some serious money!

You're also more likely to over indulge on larger portions, leading to excessive calorie intake. Meals and snacks out tend to be higher in saturated and trans fat. Saturated fat impacts your LDL cholesterol (aka "bad" cholesterol) byy raising it. Trans fat on the other hand is even worse: it raises your LDL cholesterol and lowers your HDL cholesterol (aka "good" cholesterol). Talk about a double whammy!

What are some easy take along snack ideas to pack?
  • Carrot/celery/pepper slices and hummus
  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Trail mix
  • Crackers with peanut butter
  • Almonds
  • Grapefruit with pistachios
  • Banana with peanuts
  • Mini muffin with an orange

If you can keep your food cold with an ice pack, etc...
  • Cheese stick with mini pretzels
  • Yogurt with granola
  • Cheese cubes with crackers
  • Cottage cheese with tomato
Mix and match your favorite on-the-go snacks and let me know your favorites!

Remember, snack-sized resealable bags help to keep portions in control and keep us from eating those 8 or more servings of nuts!

Until next time at the table.  Thanks for stopping by!

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