If you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet plan but are finding it incredibly difficult to keep up with your busy schedule, one thing that you must be doing is taking the time to come up with a few quick and easy snacks that you can turn to in times of need.
If you really want to have a maximum level of success with your diet plan, pre-planning will be a must. By having these options already for you when you need them you’ll be that much less likely to turn to the vending machine to pick up something that you definitely should not be eating.
The following snacks provide a great balance of protein, healthy carbs, and fats and will help keep you going throughout the day. Best of all, they all take less than two minutes to prepare and many can easily be transported with you throughout the day.
Tuna With Hummus And Veggies
To really pack in a powerful protein punch, go for tuna along with some hummus and veggies such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, or sliced peppers.
The tuna is loaded with low-fat protein and the hummus will supply some healthy fats and a small dose of carbs. The vegetables add the fiber which will ensure that you aren’t hungry 20 minutes later and will complete the snack perfectly.
Trail Mix With Whey Protein Powder
Second on our list of on-the-go snacks is some trail mix along with a scoop of protein powder. While you typically should try and get protein from whole foods as often as possible, when you really need it, protein powder is a great standby. This will be a far superior option than choosing one of the commercially prepared protein bars and when you pair the powder with some trail mix, you have a quick snack that can’t be beat.
Make you own trail mix using some nuts, dried fruit, and some whole wheat or bran breakfast cereal, adding whatever spices you prefer with a small amount of olive oil to get them to stick.
Keep a baggy of this with you at all times and you’ll never be left without something healthy to nosh on.
Whole Wheat Peanut-Butter Roll-Up
Another quick and simple snack that will temp your tastebuds while satisfying your nutritional requirements is a peanut butter roll up. Find a small whole wheat pita or tortilla (use half a pita of it’s over 100 calories) and then smear it with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter. On top of this add one sliced banana and then roll it up before serving.
This snack is filled with healthy carbs, fiber, and fats so will digest slowly and keep you satisfied for hours. The peanut butter will also supply you with a small dose of protein.
Greek Yogurt With Flaxseeds And Berries
Finally, our last snack that you’ll definitely want to include in your meal plan whether you’re aiming for fat loss or muscle building is a bowl of Greek yogurt topped with some flaxseeds and berries.
Greek yogurt is the perfect option as it contains far less sugar than other varieties of yogurt and over twice the protein content. With the flaxseeds sprinkled on you have a great dose of both fiber and essential fatty acids and then the berries add the sweetness you crave along with plenty of antioxidants.
This quick snack also doubles as a complete breakfast so if you wake up in a rush in the morning, don’t be afraid to use it there as well.
So there you have just a few healthy ideas to get you going. Try and come up with a few more additional ones of your own so that you’re never without a quick snack when you need it.