By Hannah Cohen, Trainer at The DOGPOUND
People often believe that coming to the gym and doing abs for an hour will undo all of the damage from a fun weekend. MYTH! Sorry friends, but you cannot out-work a bad diet! As New Yorkers, we are always on the go and are looking at what’s most convenient- we grab the chips they offer in the office and eat things out of vending machines. Today, I’m going to share with you some of the best healthy snacks to bring with you to work so you can avoid grabbing the naughty foods! At the end of the day, you’ll be saving money and consuming healthier and more nutritious foods.
1. Baked carrot chips
Drop the Lays and replace them with these delicious and easy-to-make carrot chips! Carrots are naturally sweet, so they’re a perfect healthy snack when you’re craving something sweet and crunchy!
Slice the carrots on an angle to make the chips longer. Take the slices and toss it in oil, mix it with some sea salt, cumin, and cinnamon! (Tip- cinnamon is a natural metabolism booster!) bake until crunchy! You can also do this with sweet potatoes to make some sweet potato fries 😁
2. NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BITES
These are my favorite healthy snack to make! All you have to do is mix:
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2/3 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup cocoa chips or semi-sweet
- 1/2 cup flax seeds
- Roll it into a ball and put them in the fridge and enjoy!
3. MASON JAR MUNCHIES
Grab a mason jar and fill the bottom with either peanut butter or hummus (both healthy fats) and decorate the jar with sticks of carrots, celery, peppers, or cucumbers! The healthy fats will keep you feeling fuller for longer!
4. EGG WHITE BAKE BITES!
It’s pretty much an egg white omelet on the go! This is the perfect healthy snack to bring because it’s high in protein, low in fat and carbs, and it’s gluten-free! Here’s what you’ll need…
* take your muffin tray and spray it with some non-stick spray
* Fill the tray with spinach leaves, and veggies of your choice! (Tomato, spinach, peppers, etc) I like to add salt and pepper as well!
* Pour the egg whites on top of each of the veggies in the tray
* Bake at 375F for 17-20 minutes, remove, let it cool down and enjoy!
5. OVERNIGHT OATS
Fair warning, this recipe might become an addiction. You’ll feel guilty eating it, even though you shouldn’t! This healthy snack or breakfast actually contains cinnamon and oats which are natural metabolism boosters!
Here’s what you’ll need…
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon honey, (maple syrup for a vegan option)
- 1 banana, sliced
- 2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
How to make it-
- Combine the first 6 ingredients listed and mix well- serve into 2 separate small containers or mini mason jars!
- Layer the banana and peanut butter and sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top. Cover the mason jar, and let it sit in the fridge overnight.