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11 on-the-go healthy and fulfilling snacks to keep in your bag

Nutritionists swear by these healthy and easy to get snacks that are perfect to banish those hunger pangs and stop you from eating unhealthy junk food.Easily accessible and highly nutritious here are 11 snacks you can pack in your everyday bag for a quick and healthy fix.

Apples

The old apple-a-day advice is still very much alive and well among health practitioners. It’s loaded with pectin to help keep you feeling full, and there are plenty of varieties for your taste

Dark chocolate

An ounce of dark chocolate has just 150 calories and is loaded with antioxidants. Healthy indulgences like dark chocolate at least 70 percent cocoa keeps you motivated to stay on a healthy eating plan.

Nutrition bars

Both fiber and protein bar help to stay fuller longer and maintain a steady supply of energy.
Hard-boiled eggs. Eggs are the best food for any time of day. Hard-boiled eggs are easy to pre-prepare and put into little zippy bags to grab as you run out the door. If you are concerned about cholesterol simply remove the yolk.

Flavored water

Sometimes thirst masquerades as hunger, so it’s a good idea to try drinking first. Put cucumber, lemon, raspberries, mint, or watermelon in your bottled water. These healthy, natural flavors make it easier to stay hydrated.

Hard-boiled eggs

Eggs are the best food for any time of day. Hard-boiled eggs are easy to pre-prepare and put into little zippy bags to grab as you run out the door. If you are concerned about cholesterol simply remove the yolk.

Bananas and peanut butter

Bananas are naturally sweet and creamy, not to mention easy to tote as a snack since they come in their own casing and that peanut butter is an excellent source of fiber and healthy unsaturated plant-based fats. Just make sure to eat in moderation as one tablespoon has 7 grams of fat and 63 calories. Also, when buying peanut butter check the label to ensure that there are no added sugars or high fructose corn syrup.

Almonds, cashews, or hazelnuts

Raw and unsalted nuts are a good source of healthy fats and protein to balance blood sugar levels, keep energy levels up throughout the day, and feel full and focused. Cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts are also high in magnesium, which plays a key role in converting sugar to energy. Nuts are also filled with fiber and protein to stave off hunger. Keep a bag of mixed nuts or trail mix in your purse or desk drawer to stay energetic all day.

Edamame

High in protein and fiber, edamame can be eaten several different ways. Frozen edamame bought in the shell can be steamed and eaten out of the shell for a great snack or appetizer, whereas frozen shelled edamame can be thrown into pasta, soups, and even made into a delicious hummus spread.

Roasted chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas are very high in protein and fiber. Great for vegetarians and vegans trying to incorporate more protein sources into their diet.

Pistachios

Pistachios are an ideal snack since they’re a good source of both protein and fiber, which can help you feel satisfied. Plus, in-shell pistachios may help you fool yourself fully because the leftover shells may provide a visual cue for portions, potentially helping to carb intake.

Greek yogurt

If you’re hoping to boost your protein in your diet, it’s a good idea to switch from traditional yogurt to Greek. Greek is strained, so it takes on a thicker consistency and contains more protein and half the sugar compared to traditional yogurts.