Abbey’s Kitchen – Beat Commuter Cravings with These 3 Healthy
March is officially Nutrition Month with the theme this year being healthy work-day eats. Considering you’re On the Go as you read this, I wanted to zero in on the challenges of Commuter Cravings.
You’re tired, you’re bored, and whether you rushed out of the door in the morning without breakfast, or are riding home already starved, there’s a good chance you’ll overeat the moment there’s food in sight.
The best between-meal snacks are those that are low on the glycemic index (Low GI), meaning they release fuel gradually to prevent insulin spikes, and as a result, can help you manage your weight and hunger. This effect is even greater in combination with protein, fibre and a little healthy fat.
You also want to make sure your snacks are mess-free, portable and odour-less — you don’t need your seat-buddy giving you dirty looks all ride long because your snack seriously smells.
Prep yourself with my 3 commuter snacks that will keep you happy and satisfied the duration of your trip:
Apple with Almond Butter & Cinnamon
Slice half an apple into wedges, spritz with lemon juice to prevent browning and smear with a tablespoon of almond butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Low GI, 6.5 g fibre, 4 g protein,
8 g fat, 190 calories
Toast half cup of chickpeas in a hot skillet with a teaspoon of olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt, chili powder and cumin.
Low GI, 6 g fibre, 7.5 g protein, 4.5 g fat, 175 calories
I rarely recommend energy bars because most on the market have so much refined sugar they spike and crash your blood sugar like a candy bar. But I actually love SoLo bars because they have protein, fibre and are certified as the first low GI bar on the market, so you’ll have the energy to get through your commute and even a post-work session at the gym.
You can find a variety of SoLo flavours that taste just as good as that candy bar in your local pharmacy, health food or grocery store.
Low GI, 4 g fibre, 13 g protein,
7 g fat, 200 calories
So before you hop on transit tomorrow, make sure you’re primed with one of my 3 top commuter snacks to help you travel healthier, happier and hunger-free.
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