Why Snack?

9 May

Written by Meghan Telpner, Certified Nutritionist and Holistic Lifestyle Consultant

Two little questions for you:

1. Why are we so obsessed with snack foods? Convenience foods? And foods we can eat on the go?

2. Why can’t we take the time to sit down and eat a proper meal, thus reducing our need for quickity quick snacks?

While you ponder those queries, I will move on to my next point on the subject, What defines a snack food? Something sweet? Salty? Transportable? I think in order for eating on the go to be health supportive and also convenient, we need to change our thinking around what a snack food is. It doesn’t have to be a fruit wrapped in a peel or bullet shaped carrots. Invest in some reliable seal-able jars/containers, maybe a plastic bag for insurance and you are golden. Another thing to think about when dreaming up snack food ideas is to think about what you would take on a picnic. That is transportable yes? And even better, can likely be packaged in something you already own that doesn’t need to be thrown out after use.

You might also like to think about getting in the habit of carrying a spoon, fork and cloth napkin in your purse.

Here is a list of what I think are perfectly appropriate purse snacks (you just might need a healthy sized purse).

Kale Chips (of course) – high in vitamins and minerals, low in calories

Traditional Hummus and veggies and/or crackers. 250 ml mason jars are awesome for packing single servings of this.

•Veggie pestos like cilantro, kale, or basil with dips- good source of raw veggies and protein and can also be made in advance and frozen in single serving portions (ice cube trays and 250ml jars work well). Try Lemon Basil Pesto, Roasted Red Pepper Pesto, Parsley Pesto, Cilantro Pesto

Half an avocado and sea salt, with a spoon. You carry a spoon for yogurt or pudding, why not an avocado? Great fats, protein and low carb will stabilize blood sugar and keep you fueled without weighing you down.

Soup. Yes! Soup in the purse. Do it!!! A 500ml mason jar full. Room temperature pureed veggie soups are great afternoon snacks. Hydrating and nourishing.

•Smoothies/Fresh Juices- these are now available in nearly every food court. Make it at home or order it and keep it in a jar or stainless steel container. Best snack ever. I know someone who keeps a Magic Bullet at work with a few essential smoothie ingredients so she always has something ready. Try Breakfast Smoothie, Green Mojito Smoothie, Green Pina Colada Smoothie

•Steamed veggies- no shame in green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel’s sprouts etc as a snack. Steam them up, sprinkle on some salt and away you go. If you have the fork option, drizzle on a little omega 3 flax or hemp oil. No fork- just go straight up and eat with your fingers. You eat apples with your hands. Try Basic Brassicas

•Mixed nuts/seeds of course

•Whole grain crackers. Ones made with nuts will also be high in protein, fibre and healthy fats. Try these Walnut Crackers

•Coconut oil in hot water- like a tea. Coconut oil is a nutrient dense, short chain saturated fat. It helps stabilize blood sugar, is burned efficiently as fuel and so doesn’t become junk in the trunk.

•Healthy treats like Ultimate Healthy Cookie, Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Butter Cookies, Honey Seed Treats, Raw Superfood Power Balls, Chia Pumpkin Muffins

Meghan Telpner is a certified nutritionist and holistic lifestyle consultant with a private practice in downtown Toronto offering an array of nutritional and lifestyle services including group cooking classes to corporate programs and personal consultations. Well recognized in Toronto for her colourful presence, with her bicycle covered in flowers and a flag on the back boasting the phrase, “Feel Good? Feel Great!”, Meghan uses her humour and passion to inspires people to start living their healthy dreams while her enthusiasm, charisma, and dynamism are truly motivating. More at www.meghantelpner.com

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