Caring for a senior loved one can feel like a full-time job (and more!), which makes it difficult to squeeze in time to eat. And when you're that busy and pressed for time, it's only natural to choose the easiest options at hand, which aren't always the healthiest. Here are some super-quick snack ideas that help when you're on the run.
When you don't have time to cook, wraps can be a great snack or meal that's easy to carry and eat on the go! Spread your favorite breakfast spread (almond or other nut butters, jams, or cream cheese for example) on a whole grain wrap or tortilla, add sliced fruit or vegetables, and you can hit the road. Or put a slice of swiss, provolone, cheddar, or your favorite cheese on the tortilla with turkey or roast beef and roll it up. Add some avocado, tomatoes, hummus or cold refried beans, for more health-boosting benefits.
It might sound boring, but whole fruit like an apple or banana is about as easy and healthy as you can get. Thanks to their high fiber content, apples make you feel full- and there's also the pectin, which can help to suppress appetite. If you don't like biting into an apple, slice it ahead of time and sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning. High in potassium and low in sodium, bananas are able to lower blood pressure and help to protect against heart attack and stroke!
By now, almonds are well known as a powerful superfood, but different nuts have specific health benefits, and they're not all created equal. Nuts are better for you when they're raw or dry roasted without any added salt or flavorings. Rather than paying the beaucoup bucks for the store-bought salty mixes, make your own in an airtight canister so you can grab a handful anytime. Here are some great options to incorporate:
Kefir or drinkable yogurt
While these two seem similar enough on the surface, the health benefits are slightly different…yogurt keeps the digestive system clean, and kefir can actually help digest your food and keep your colon healthy. Be careful as these store-bought drinkables can often pack lot of sugar, though; buy plain when possible and then add a small amount of honey or agave syrup on your own.
When you are in the mood for something sweet, graham crackers are a great low-fat and calorie substitute for cookies. Add a thin layer of peanut butter or Nutella to mimic your favorite ‘sandwich cookie', like Nutter Butters or Oreos, and you can satisfy your sweet tooth without overindulging.
What's your go-to snack when you're on the go? If you have nutrition facts, tips, questions, or advice, please feel free to share by commenting below or by posting on our Facebook and Twitter pages.