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As a wife, mom of four, and business owner, I know firsthand what it's like to be busy—so busy that you don't have time to stop and make a healthy, homemade snack when the grumbles hit. So for those moments when I'm in a pinch for time, I turn to my flexible pantry. Here's a list of some of the snacks I always keep on hand:
These tasty bites are low in calories and high in protein. I love to add them to salads and snack on them straight out of the bag!
Not only are nuts loaded with nutrients that benefit brain function, but they're also delicious. For quick convenience and to help with portion control, I like to load up on the 100-calorie snack packs of roasted almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and cashews.
When crunch cravings strike, I prefer to reach for some good-for-me roasted chickpeas over greasy potato chips. Saffron serves up clean, crunchy chickpeas that are organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, have no artificial flavors or colors. Plus, they come in a variety of tasty flavors. This is another one that I like to add to salads or snack on straight from the bag.
Crackers are always a satisfying snack (especially with a little cheese on top). But, many store-bought options are loaded with less-than-appealing ingredients and homemade crackers can be time-consuming. Simple Mills offers a cleaner option so you can munch on a few without the guilt.
I love to snack on olives. (Anyone else?) They're high in healthy fats, fiber, and other beneficial nutrients. Grab some fresh olives at the supermarket deli and keep them in a reusable container so you can snack on them while on the go.
There are plenty of fish in the sea. But when it comes to picking a great one to snack on, salmon is a wonderful choice! Not only is smoked salmon delicious, but it also boasts omega-3 fatty acids and protein. While this can certainly be viewed as a meal, a few bites also make for a filling snack.
Since sardines are low on the food chain, they have fewer environmental toxins. So if you're worried about overloading on mercury, these little guys are a good choice. Just like salmon, sardines are high in omega-3s. Plus, they're filling!
I must admit I usually make homemade guacamole because it's super simple to throw together. But sometimes it's just easier and less time-consuming to buy. There are brands out there that use only fresh ingredients. Grab a tub and use it with everything from a dip to a topping (or even just straight on a spoon).
Nowadays, grocery stores offer fruits and veggies in pre-cut form. While I usually stick with whole produce, the pre-cut stuff really comes in handy at times. It slashes prep time in half and is great when you're traveling and don't have a full kitchen with all of your usual knives.