5 Healthy Snacks to Fuel your Health Care Training Program
Balancing your family, household obligations and being enrolled in a health care training program may make it feel like you don't have time to come up nutritious snacks for everyone. The good news is that healthy snacks with high nutritional value can also be easy to prepare. If you buy in bulk, spend just a bit of time on prep, and add a dash of creativity to the mix, you can cover a whole week's worth of snacks in just an afternoon. Peanut Butter "Dip" Many people avoid eating veggies if they're not covered in salad dressing or baked into an entree. However, snacks are a great way to get both healthy raw veggies and plenty of protein into your diet. Measure out a single serving of peanut butter (2 tablespoons) and eat it along with some raw carrots and raw celery. It's a great -- and delicious -- energy boost for any time of the day. Ham Sticks Thinly sliced deli meat like ham can be great when combined with either jicama or celery. Wrap several sticks in thin slices of ham for a nutritious and yummy fast snack. If you want an extra flavor kick, use a dollop of brown mustard as a dip. Trail Mix While you can make your own trail mix, that might be a bit more labor-intensive than you can manage right now. Buy a prepared trail mix without sugar added. Look for ingredients like unsalted nuts, granola, and unsweetened dried fruit. Trail mix is super versatile as a healthy snack because you can stash it in your backpack or bag to bring along to school or any other place. You can pre-package servings of the trail mix in zipper baggies, so there's no chance of overindulging. Eggs Hardboiled eggs are a great nutritious snack for any time of the day. Opt for small size eggs and boil half a dozen (or more, depending on your family's needs!) at a time. They'll store in the fridge for a few days with no problems. You can easily shell an egg or two when the need to snack arises. It gives you protein to power through your day! Hummus to Go While you can buy pre-made hummus snack kits, you can also assemble your own hummus snacks atÂ home in only a few minutes. Start with a mason jar, no more than 1/3 cup hummus, and some pre-cut carrots and celery sticks. Place the hummus at the bottom of the jar and then stick your veggies into the hummus, standing up. Screw the lid onto the jar and you're done! Just make sure to keep the jar vertical to avoid the hummus spreading. At Concorde Career Colleges, we love to help our students achieve and succeed in theirÂ health care training program. Use the tips above to help you balance your busy life with good nutrition!