When your stomach starts growling after a long day on-the-go, reverting to unhealthy, grab-and-go snacks from a vending machine or your local petrol station convenience shop might look like your best option. But, with a little planning and some know-how, you can save yourself from making bad nutrition decisions. Keep these 5 healthy and convenient snacks on hand in your handbag, car, or desk and say goodbye to mindlessly reaching for that packet of chips, chocolate bar, or fizzy drink.
A bag of mixed nuts
Mixed nuts provide an easy way to get a delicious dose of protein in a convenient package. Keep a small bag of mixed dried fruit and nuts within reach, and you’ll always have something to nibble on. The dried fruit will help keep sweet cravings at bay while the nuts will give you that crunch you crave. We love the Montagu Fruit & Nuts ‘We Care’ range of pre-mixed fruit and nut blends. The range includes a Heart Friendly Mix, Immune Support Mix, High Energy Snack Mix, Brain Food Blend, and Banting-Friendly Blend – simply decant a handful or two of your favourite blend into individual zip lock bags and keep them on hand for a quick snack when you need a boost.
Find out more about the Montagu Fruit and Nut ‘We Care’ range here.
Biltong is a great way to get a boost of protein when you needed it most. Just a few slices of biltong is enough to fill you up and keep hunger pangs at bay while you’re on the go. Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants delivers the very best biltong to your doorstep with just a click of a mouse. By working with passionate suppliers (the type who rear healthy, happy animals) they are the step between the farm and your plate, delivering clean, ethical, sustainable meat you can eat with a clear conscience. Visit their website now to order Chilli Beef Biltong and regular Beef Biltong by the KG. Once you have your biltong, simply slice it up and put it into individual bags to enjoy later when you need a quick snack.
Visit the Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants website to order now.
Eat Real Chips
If you love a crunchy savoury snack but don’t want to reach for a bag of potatoes chips then these little nutritious bites of joy are ideal. Made from real, natural ingredients with no added nasties (artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives), Eat Real chips offer a healthier alternative to crisps or potato chips. With no added sugar (only the natural stuff) you’re getting a healthy snack that is also packed with nutrients. The range includes something for everyone to enjoy with lentil, hummus, quinoa, and veggie chips which are all perfect for a quick snack on-the-go. Keep a packet in your desk drawer for easy snacking while you work or pop a bag or two in your handbag for a bite in-between errands.
Eat Real chips are available at select health stores as well as online from Faithful to Nature at R70 for a 5-pack.
A good recovery drink
If your body struggles with protein shakes, then First Choice High-Protein Recovery Milk (HPR) may be just the thing for you. Drinking a High-Protein Recovery Milk can shorten your recovery time after a long or intense workout session and can also help to alleviate muscle pain and even improve strength, power, body composition and exercise performance.
Low-fat chocolate milk is a scientifically proven sports nutritional aid used by many athletes and First Choice HPR is loaded with everything that’s good for you, making it the ideal post-workout snack. With this sports recovery drink, there are no digestive issues, and it is easily absorbed and well used by the body. HPR has more protein and less calories and sugar than most other products on the market. It’s a one-of-a-kind product in sports nutrition and is well worth having in your pantry for those days when you need a quick pick-me-up.
Find out more about First Choice High-Protein Recovery Milk here. HPR is available at Checkers in the Western Cape and Dis-Chem nationwide.
Raw date and nut truffles
If you’re looking for a totally raw and super delicious on-the-go snack you can keep in your handbag, desk, or car then we’ve come up with a great-tasting answer. Raw date and nut truffles make for the perfect quick snack. They’re gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and oh-so-easy to carry around in your handbag. You could make them yourself, but we love the conveniently packaged Montagu Raw Date and Nut Truffles. With four tasty flavours to satisfy a variety of palates including, sweet Cinnamon, tropical Coconut, juicy Cranberry and spicy Ginger, you’re bound to find one you love.
Find out more about Montagu Raw Date and Nut Truffles here.
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