In celebration of nutrition month Registered dietitian Abbey Sharp unveils her top healthy snacks for the work day commute. These picks are sure to quell those commuter cravings. Anyone who commutes on a regular basis has experienced the blood sugar roller coaster that comes from eating candy bars, doughnuts, and other sugary snacks in a desperate attempt to get the nutrition their body is screaming for. We've all left the house without eating breakfast and found ourselves hours from lunch with no energy, and no help in sight. Abbey's suggestions for 9 to 5 snacks are not only practical and delicious, but all low on the glycemic index. Foods low on the glycemic index release the fuel your body needs to go on in a gradual way, this avoids insulin spikes and in turn keeps you feeling revived for hours.
Another important factor in commuter snack selection is the ease of which it can be consumed. You want odourless, non-messy, easy to handle food that can be stored away quickly and safely. This is especially important to commuters that ride public transportation. All it takes is one sudden stop and the yogurt you thought was great for eating on the bus is a new hat for the person sitting in front of you. These top healthy snack selections for the workday commute all fit into that category nicely.
Apple With Almond Butter
The first snack Abbey recommends for the long commute is a fresh take on the traditional apple wedge. She cuts her apple into wedges then spritzes them with lemon juice to prevent browning and smears them with a tablespoon of almond butter.
Chili Spiced Chickpeas
Abbey's second pick for commuter snacks is chili-spiced chickpeas. She takes a can of chickpeas and toasts it in a hot skillet with a teaspoon of olive oil. She sprinkles in Sea Salt, Chili Powder and Cumin to give it a unique flavor that adds some serious zing. She then takes the chickpeas and puts them in the broiler until they get nice and crispy. Once they crisp up simply take them out to cool and put them in an appropriate travel container.