Snacking doesn’t always have to make you feel guilty. In fact, there are a lot of options that are very good for you, and taste great as well. For our Review Month theme, I wanted to bring you snack ideas that could power a major study session – on the go, in the library, or at home (with access to a freezer, a microwave, or a stove). I asked several people at FA Davis about their favorite healthy snack, and this is what they had to say.
Laura Saylor, Associate Marketing & Convention Manager: “Frozen grapes – The sweetness of the grapes seems to be magnified when frozen. They almost tastes like candy or a popsicle. Frozen cut up bananas- The consistency is similar to ice cream. They are also good if you add peanut butter before freezing them.”
Alisa Hathaway, Digital Marketing Coordinator: My pick is avocado toast, but I’m kind of cheating because I definitely eat this as a meal. It’s a healthy fat, so it’s good pre or post-workout – or any other time you need to focus – and you can literally add anything to it. A couple good ideas here.
Melissa Duffield, Senior Acquisitions Editor: My snacks tend to be handfuls of nuts or dried fruits or fresh fruit, but or if I’m at home with access to more ingredients, then I make this:
1 slice wheat bread
Spread the bread with a little mustard, top with steamed broccoli florets and some shredded cheese and toast. So delicious and an extra hit of vegetables, great pre-run.
Molly Ray, Manager of HPM Marketing: Avocado is the new “apple” – I eat a half of avocado with a little salt all the time. I eat hummus and I say ditch the baby carrots and use celery or cucumbers instead. The more watery tasting veggies are a better companion to the creamy hummus and lets the chickpea flavor shine, and you still get the crunch you’d get with pita chips or baby carrots. Hummus is even healthier if you make it yourself, and it’s easy to make.
Christa Fratantaro, Senior Acquisitions Editor: One thing I do here at work is doctor up instant oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts. Oats and nuts (especially almonds and walnuts) are good vegetarian sources of iron. So is the hummus Molly suggested.
Now it’s your turn. Let us know what your favorite healthy snacks are, either in the comments here, or on Facebook. What foods help you power through midterms, or even a clinical or all-day lab? We’d love your FEEDback. Get it?
If you’re interested in learning more about healthy snacking from the pros, we’ve got you covered! Athletes can read up on their specific nutrition needs in Sports Nutrition for Health Professionals by Natalie Digate Muth, and nurses and other healthcare providers should check out Nutrition and Diet Therapy, 6th Edition by Carroll A. Lutz, Erin Mazur, and Nancy Litch.
Paul Marone, Senior Marketing Manager, Health Professions and Social Media