Making healthy choices on a daily basis can be a difficult task, especially when you’re always on the go. So, we compiled a list of about sixteen foods that we find ourselves reaching for on the go and did some research. We asked Dr. Baldasare, our co-owner and author of The Great American Food Fight, what he thought about our choices and he gave us some amazing insight. Here’s what Dr. Baldasare said about the eight foods that ranked the best on our list:
Apples will always be our number one snack recommendation at Affinity, for many reasons! This superfood destroys sugar cravings, assists in hormone balance, has a perfect fiber content, and tastes amazing. In several scientific studies, apples have been shown to reduce your risk of a stroke and have been shown to kill cancer cells. Added bonus: they’re one of the easiest grab-and-go options available when you’re traveling or commuting.
Celery is a healthy and convenient option when you’re on the go! This crunchy green vegetable is loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s great for your cardiovascular health, and can even help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure. Celery also has a low glycemic index, which means that it has a slow, steady effect on your blood sugar levels.
Remember all those unhealthy sauces, dressings, and condiments we were talking about in our 8 Worst “Healthy” Foods to Eat on the Go article? Hummus might just be the perfect alternative! This popular Middle Eastern food is a good source of plant-based protein, decreases inflammation, and also has a low glycemic index. It also contains soluble fiber and healthy fats which can help you lose weight and help your cardiovascular system function better.
4. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate has a bad reputation, but in its pure form, it’s actually a superfood! Unsweetened dark chocolate or cacao is a great food to reach for on the go if you are craving something sweet. Dark chocolate can improve your heart health, boost memory and focus, and can help stabilize your cholesterol and blood sugar. Just make sure to aim for a cacao content of 70% or higher, and limit your daily intake to about 1 ounce.
Bananas are a healthy, potassium-rich food that is a great option when you’re traveling. What you might not know about bananas is that they’re also a great source of fiber, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and pack in a little bit of protein as well. They do contain between 10 and 14 grams of sugar, but that’s okay! This is because the naturally occurring sugars in fruits metabolize very differently than added or processed sugar, so they do not affect your body in the same way.
6. Raw Almonds
Raw almonds are quickly becoming a popular snack for studying, because they can offer a great boost to your energy levels and brain activity. They are also a good source of protein, are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, and can provide anti-inflammatory benefits. This makes them an ideal choice to combat both hunger and fatigue when you’re on the go.
7. Greek Yogurt
Here’s another alternative to one of the foods we mentioned in our 8 Worst “Healthy” Foods to Eat on the Go article! Natural greek yogurt is a much better choice than the sweetened, processed yogurt you might be used to. And while the tart taste may take a little getting used to at first, the health benefits are worth it! Greek yogurt is a good source of calcium, probiotics, and averages about 15 grams of protein per serving. You can eat it plain or with fruit, and like hummus, it can also be used as a substitute for unhealthy sauces or condiments!
8. Roasted Seaweed
Try roasted seaweed when you’re looking for a healthy, salty, crunchy alternative to potato chips or crackers. Seaweed is a low-calorie food with no saturated fats or sugars. At the same time, it is high in B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Iron, and Iodine, making it a perfect snack.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list!
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