Top 5 Snacks to Nosh on to Get You Through a Long Day
As Fashion Girl mentioned in her last installment of The Chronicles, living in a big city takes a big toll on the body. While you may be accustomed to portion control and counting calories, moving nonstop from destination to destination burns pretty much everything you're consuming. While this is an anorexic's dream come true, it's not exactly ideal for premium health.
To follow up, here are Fashion Girl's top 5 favorite snacks she carries with her throughout the city to keep her energy up. She recommends having at least two of these handy at all times: you never know when the subway's going to stall and you've been starving yourself all day so you can gorge on some Lombardi's Pizza later!
2. String cheese
Kind of a random choice, but cheese is rich in calcium and the healthy fats (again, yay) and will give you an energy boost when necessary. The probiotics are also good for complexion and digestive health, when taken in moderation. Then again, everything in moderation. Vegan? No problem: try some Rice Cheeze, vegan "cheese" that's healthy and tastes just as good as the real thing.
Again, this couldn't be easier. Rip off a piece and toss it in your bag. Yum.
3. Veggie sticks
Another clean and simple snack. Buy some organic celery, carrots, beets, cucumbers, and whatever other root vegetable strikes your fancy, give them a nice bath, and chop them up into little sticks. Too lazy to do that much? Sounds like too big of a deal to bathe your vegetables? Fine! Most grocery stores sell veggie sticks precut and washed for the bummiest of shoppers. You can bring a little container of hummus or peanut butter, or just eat them plain and enjoy Mother Nature's natural flavors! (Or, just douse them in hummus and never look back).
4. Protein bar
Vegetables just aren't going to cut it? You ate a small lunch to feel thin and now you're starving to death? You can't possibly make it to dinner? Whip out a protein bar! Literally zero preparation necessary. Most places have them in the vending machines for God's sake. You don't even have to use your brain for this one. Most protein bars are low in sugar, high in protein (duh) and high in fiber, making regularity your friend. Some of FG's favorite brands: QuestBar, Pure Protein, Clif, and Luna, but there are so many out there. Go crazy, try them all. I'm sure most of your local grocery stores go something like this:
Last and certainly not least...who can turn down a good piece of fruit? Fashion Girl's only warning here is that it's best to eat most of your fruit earlier in the day so your body has time to break down and burn the glucose (most fruits are pretty high in sugar). Make this your mid-morning snack to get you through the day! Some of FG's favorites at her local bodega: bananas, Honey Crisp apples, peaches, nectarines, and grapefruit. All perfectly portable. Wrap in a napkin and take a nice, refreshing bite.
This concludes FG's tips for the day. Enjoy your week and don't let the Monday blues get you down! Stay positive, happy, and love yourself for everything you've got. Stay tuned for the next blog post Brainiacs, set to come out over the next couple of days!