Healthy On The Go Snacks
Healthy snacks are essential to sticking with your healthy eating plan. Far too often, those unexpected delays result in making bad choices. In “The Worst Thing You Can Eat if You Want to Drop Pounds,” Dr. Mercola analyzes the effects which different foods have on people.
The most common offenders in modern diet were not the typical entrees, however, but actually the snack foods. Potato chips, salty and addictive as they are, are among the most addictive snack foods and some of the worst for your regular consumption. Unfortunately, they are also some of the most ubiquitous in snack shops, concession stands, and even work stations.
This spells bad news. After all, when it’s time for a snack, chances are that your resistance is a little low. You’ve probably been working hard, and if you’re in a workplace like most of us, you’re surrounded by tempting and delicious high calorie snacks which are over processed and full of empty carbohydrates.
It’s far too easy to overindulge and mindlessly eat. Instead of risking your will power, pack your own healthy snacks. If you purchase an insulated lunch bag, you’ll have a greater range of snacks to choose from. Buy two or three so that you can rotate them out.
Here are some delicious on-the-go snacks which are also healthy. You can prepare these the night before, pack them in an insulated bag, and have them ready to go. They are all high in protein, which makes them ideal for providing sufficient energy for those mid afternoon slumps.
Some Healthy On The Go Snacks:
Green Onion Wrap
3 green onions
3 slices corned beef or turkey
3 slices of Colby cheese
Spread the meat out and place the cheese over that. Then cut off the tips of the green onions, place them in the center of the meat and cheese, and roll them up. Then stick with a tooth pick to hold.
3 ounces sour cream
¼ tsp pepper
3 strips of bacon
2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
2 stalks of celery.
Clean and cut celery into three inch sticks. Mix together sour cream, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Crumble bacon up, and mix in with the sour cream mixture. Spoon into the celery sticks.
Homemade Beef Jerky
5 pounds boneless beef sirloin
2 cups olive oil
1 cup water
3 tablespoons Worcestershire
1 teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring
3 tablespoons salt
Preferred wood for smoker
Cut beef into even ¼ inch slices. Combine all other ingredients and pour into a large Tupperware container. Add the beef and mix well. Seal and refrigerate for 12 hours. Turn from time to time to even out the marinade. Remove the beef from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Set out on cookie sheet for half an hour to bring to room temperature. Meanwhile, prepare wood chips. Preheat smoker for 10 minutes. Arrange beef on the racks. Smoke the beef for five to seven hours.
Chipotle and Adobo Pickled Eggs
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
3 fresh garlic cloves crushed
1 white onion quartered
1 tablespoon salt
3 cups fresh chipotle chiles
1 tablespoon adobo sauce
12 hard boiled and peeled eggs
Combine the vinegar and all other liquid ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Cook until the onion is tender. This will take approximately 15 minutes. Now place the hard boiled eggs in clean jars. Strain the liquid into the jars so that it covers the eggs. Cover and refrigerate overnight. For particularly strong flavoring, marinate for up to three days. The pickling process preserves the eggs, and they will be good for up to six weeks.
These are just a few of the healthy and delicious recipes which you can make in advance and pack up. For even more delicious ideas, try to incorporate foods that have additional benefits. Check this out for some secret powerhouse foods that can blast the fat away while you’re hard at work.
Dr. Mercola, “The Worst Thing You Can Eat if You Want to Drop Pounds,” Mercola, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/11/what-are-the-best-and-worst-foods-for-healthy-weight.aspx (2011).