Whether your New Year’s Resolution is to live a healthier lifestyle or you’re simply health-conscious, there are a few healthy snacks to always stock in your apartment in order to help you stay focused and fit. As you know, eating is a huge part of overall health and wellness… as they say, you can’t out-run a bad diet! By keeping healthy snacks in your apartment, you can limit temptations to reach for unhealthy food.
Favorite fruits & veggies
The first one is obvious – when you do your grocery shopping, pick up your favorite fruits and veggies! Don’t buy food you wish you liked, but instead, choose healthy snacks that gets you excited! Clementines or tangerines, berries, or apples are all delicious and packed with nutrition. Carrot sticks, celery (with peanut butter!), cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers are a great place to start, too.
Healthy crackers & dip
Prefer something salty and crunchy? Check out your local cracker aisle for tons of healthier options. Whether you choose a gluten-free brand, a whole-grain cracker, or one loaded with nuts and seeds, try to select an option that has more fiber. Then, stock the fridge with spreads like hummus (or, stock your pantry with chickpeas and tahini to make your own!), light cheeses, peanut butter, or avocado to round it out.
Smoothies can be a quick and easy way to back nutrition into a small meal. Keep frozen fruits on hand to enhance flavor, then use water, almond milk, and ice to create a great texture. Add a handful of greens like spinach or kale with your fruit to add extra nutrients. Purchased too much spinach or kale one week? Seal the bag and freeze it to use in smoothies!
Frozen snackable veggies
There are plenty of options for steam-able vegetables that are frozen! Frozen options are great as you can keep them for months and pull them from the fridge when you need it. Think about edamame, stir fry packets, or other veggies you love that are easy to snack on or add to a small meal to make it more filling.
Try keeping whole grain bread, peanut butter, and jelly in your pantry. A quick sandwich can tide you over before a later meal or replace going out for fast food on your way home. When you know you have sandwich supplies at home waiting for you, you can avoid unhealthy options earlier on. Toast your bread in a pan on the stove and smear with hummus of avocado for a twist on a traditional sandwich!
Bonus tip! If you’re into meal prep, segment your snacks at the beginning of the week by bagging up carrots, crackers, or other small snacks. That way, you can portion your snacks to ensure it’s the right amount of food, and it’s portable for busy weeks!
By keeping healthy snacks on hand and easily accessible, you can continue to promote your healthy lifestyle and avoid unhealthy triggers. Just make sure to choose snacks you’d be excited to eat for best results!