I am someone who is always on the go. Whether it be a school or work term at uni, I'm constantly dashing between places or keeping busy even when at home, sneaking in workouts several times a week. It is so important for me to carry around a bottle of water and a bag full of healthy snacks, always including this mix I'm about to share.
I love nuts as they're super healthy and a great way to get good fats into my system. They are also small enough pieces that I'm not consuming them too fast as I tend to fill myself up too quickly by eating fast. My favourite mix to carry around includes almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate chips, and occasionally cashews. Here's the breakdown of what's good about it:
ALMONDS: I take precisely 23 almonds to make a serving each day. Each serving contains 162 calories and 6 grams of protein. In addition it contains zinc, magnesium and vitamins E and B-2, and is healthy for the heart. I choose raw almonds as I like the taste of them best but my roommate likes to roast them for a toasty flavour.
WALNUTS: One serving is about 12-14 walnut halves and contains 190 calories. It is packed with polyphenol antioxidants, 4 grams of protein, and plenty of good fats like omega-3. Walnuts are great for a healthy brain and heart.
SUNFLOWER SEEDS: I eat about 1/8 cup each day which contains about 100 calories. It contains plenty of vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium. Again, it contains healthy fats that are good for the heart. Sometimes I even sprinkle a little into my salads too.
CASHEWS: A serving is about 17 cashews and contains 170 calories. It is great for the heart and bones as it contains good fats and magnesium. Sometime I take a little less than a serving of cashews as I'm not a huge fan of them but I do toss some in most days.
The dark chocolate chips are just for extra taste. I just take a small handful of them as they're just a nice semi-sweet treat. This is a 600+ calorie snack but it's so full of good fats and nutrients that keep me going. I totally recommend this blend over something like popcorn which I use to snack on quite often. If you're no allergic, you seriously need to try adding nuts to your daily diet.
Do you have a staple daily snack?