Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Healthy pre-packaged snacks

As much as I love cooking, and certainly prefer to have fresh foods or home cooked foods for meals and snacks, pre-packaged snacks make a busy day a little easier.  I've rounded up a list of some tasty and healthy on the go snacks (all of which are available in Canada...often if I google items like this, I can only find American packaged foods).

Bananatangs are dried bananas, but they are not your standard dried banana chip.  They are made by Solar Gold Premium Dried Fruit (there are other fruits as well, but the bananas are my favourite!), which have no artificial additives in the drying process.  The bananas have a chewy, fruit leather consistency, rather than a crunch to them, and the banana flavour is intense!  These are sold at various retailers across the country.

Quest bars are my favourite protein bar, and they are very high in protein and fibre, and low in sugar (1 gram!).  They come in a variety of flavours (I recommend Cookies & Cream or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough), and have a chewy, dense consistency (like a Tootsie Roll).  Many protein bars have a chalkiness to them, but not these!  Lauren also likes to use them her cookie recipes.  You can find these at your local nutrition store.

Simply Food Trail Mix Handfull of Everything is exactly that.  In this mix, you get dried apricots, raisins, cranberries, bananas, almonds, cashews, yogurt covered peanuts, chocolate chips and coconut.  This snack will cover all your bases...fibre, protein, healthy fats and it has some sweets in there for good measure!  These are sold at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Simply Food Jalapeno Cheddar Popcorn beats out any bag of chips if you ask me!  While pre-packaged popcorn can run a little high on the sodium content, you still get a healthy dose of fibre.  I have an air-popper at home, so I typically don't buy packaged popcorn, but for this Jalapeno Cheddar flavour, I make an exception from time to time!  Find it at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Amy's Burritos are a quick fix when I don't have any food in the house and need something to eat quickly (so I don't get hangry...I'm not a nice person when I'm hangry).  They can be microwaved in 2 minutes, they are made of organic ingredients, are vegetarian, and come in gluten free varieties.  I've tried a few other Amy's products, which are also tasty, but the burritos are the quickest to heat up (other items have to be heated in the oven).  Loblaw's carries these in the organic frozen food section, or they can be found at your local health food store.

These are some of my personal favourites, but if you have any additional suggestions, feel free to add them in the comments!

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