Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ipaccblog#3: Healthy Snacking On the Run

 School – Homework – Afterschool Activities – Bed – Repeat.

As a student, you know what it’s like to live a busy lifestyle. Sometimes, the rush from place to place can leave little time to grab a healthy snack in between– making us vulnerable to the tempting calls of our favorite fast food places. To help combat the urge to grab unhealthy foods in a rush, here are some healthy, portable snack ideas to keep you fueled and satisfied throughout the day.

When looking for a snack to give you the nutrients and energy you need to make it through your busy class and rehearsal schedule, look for these three things:
¨     Lean protein - repairs and builds muscles
¨     Healthy fat - for muscle recovery
¨     Complex carbohydrate – provides fiber and energy

Unlike their fast food counterparts, foods with these components won’t slow you down or make you feel tired during the day. Try packing some of these snacks to go:

To-Go Wrap
-Canned tuna
- Plain 2% Greek yogurt
-Chopped celery
-Whole grain wrap
-Hard-boiled egg

-Plain 2% Greek yogurt
-Whole grain wrap

Homemade Trail Mix
-Raw or roasted nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds
-Dried cranberries, apricots, mango and pineapple
-A sprinkle of dark chocolate chips - dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants and can help reduce blood pressure!

Nut Butter Sandwiches
-Natural almond butter
-Banana slices
-Ezekiel bread – this health bread is full of protein and amino acids, crucial for muscle repair.
-Natural peanut butter
-Apple slices
-Ezekiel bread

Fresh Veggies and Hummus
-Carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and celery
-Your favorite hummus

Prepare these healthy snacks at the start of the week so that they will be easily accessible to grab on your way out in the mornings during the week. Keep the 3-part formula of lean protein, healthy fats and complex carbs in mind when snacking and you’ll be energized and fueled for the busy show season ahead! #BeTheInSpiration

Pauline Braxton
Community Outreach Coordinator

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