By: Erica Robinson
Life on the go is just life, right? Like, who isn’t on the go these days?
I tend to pack one bag in the morning, with essentials that need to carry me through until 9 p.m. or so. In spite of running from one activity to the next (teaching, working out, commuting, working, errands, and seeing my boyfriend who lives across town), I try to avoid giving in to those easy-to-grab – yet oh so unhealthy – snacks that just get in the way of my overall health and wellness goals. I thrive on my active, busy lifestyle, but I have learned that I also thrive when I consume healthy, whole foods to keep me energized throughout the day.
I’ve definitely made some snacking slip-ups in my day, but after some trial and error, have come up with my top five favorite healthy on-the-go options. Happy snacking!
Hello, refreshing. I had a bite of my boyfriend’s watermelon and mint salad from the Whole Foods salad bar last weekend, and it transported me from cold, windy San Francisco to a hot summer day poolside (sans Banana Boat tanning oil). So naturally, I went out and bought a watermelon and spent 30 minutes – and three knives – trying to carve that sucker up. I will say, my efforts were rewarded. One mini-watermelon left me with two full Tupperware containers, which I packed in to-go containers for a mid-afternoon snack. What a treat after a long, hot run. I think we all know that watermelons are mostly water (so pretty low calorie), but what I didn’t know was that melons are loaded with significant levels of Vitamins A, B6 and C, lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. If you are working out regularly, you need to know about amino acids, which are essentially the building blocks of protein and muscle tissue. So not only are you getting water and vitamins, you are helping your body to recover and build muscle.
If I’m teaching multiple spin classes, I know I need a satisfying snack that’s going to help keep me going…and almond butter is truly the perfect snack. I usually buy Justin’s Nut Butter single serving packs when on sale at Whole Foods and stash them in my bag for a pick-me up. Not only do two tablespoons include more protein than an egg, it’s also a great source of fiber and fatigue-fighting iron. I also love that almond butter is tasty enough to eat on its own or combine with an apple or banana. Plus, it keeps forever!
I know almonds are like, the cool kid in school these days, but can we please revisit the walnut!? I recently bought a bag to make pesto (I swapped pine nuts for walnuts) and had a bunch left over. All of a sudden, these badboys are my lifesaver. If I’m stuck in traffic and need a quick munch, there they are. When grabbing breakfast on the way out the door, I toss a handful in my fave Greek yogurt. Late night hunger attack? Just pair them with raisins to get a savory/sweet combo while binging on ‘House of Cards.’
So I did a little research, and y’all, walnuts are healthy AF. They are high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids (clutch for brain activity and immune function), and packed with vitamins and minerals. For those of you breaking a sweat, you should know that walnuts also include anti-inflammatory properties, which help your body to recover post-workout.
I thought about including cottage cheese to-go cups, or carrots and hummus, but I try to limit my dairy (I don’t consider eggs dairy anymore), and I’m just not into a carrot snack. I’m. Not. A. Rabbit.
But as boring and basic as it sounds, two hard-boiled eggs as a mid or late morning snack ttally hit the spot. They also keep me full and – dare I say, taste-wise, are my favorite – of my top faves. Now, I always knew eggs were a good source of protein, but did you know they are considered a ‘complete’ source of protein, which means they contain all the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t produce on their own? They are also low carb and contain zero sugar, which helps to keep our blood sugar levels low, subsequently assisting in weight loss.
I like to boil eggs for 7 minutes (exactly) and peel almost immediately. While not considered a soft-boiled egg, I love the creamy texture of the yolk and devour these things between 3-5 times a week. When I’m not on the go, I’ll add them to avocado toast or use to top diced sweet potato and add a dash of hot sauce.
Eating whole foods all the time is not easy. Eating whole foods all the time and living out of your car or purse 99% of the time is pretty much impossible. And that’s the beauty of RX Bars. They list all their ingredients on the front of the packaging so that you know exactly what you are eating. My favorite flavor is Chocolate Sea Salt and it has literally four ingredients: egg whites, almonds, cashews and dates. That. Is. It. And all RX Bar flavors include five ingredients or less, and are vegetarian, gluten free and made with no artificial ingredients. So when you have zero time to prep and are looking for a satisfying snack you can feel good about, I recommend giving RX bars a try!