The holiday season can also bring about marathon shopping days, where you’ll find yourself in the car or mall for hours on the hunt for the perfect gift. While we commend the extra exercise walking store to store can bring, we don’t want you to throw too much caution to the wind, ending up in the food court, or even worse, not eating all day. Prepare ahead, eat before you venture out, and bring some snacks to keep your energy up throughout the day with these power foods for a long, Jersey Strong shopping day.
Start your day with a hearty bowl of oatmeal before heading out. This slow-digesting carb will keep you full for hours after breakfast. We like to add chia seeds for added fiber and cinnamon, lowering blood sugar level to control appetite.
One of our favorite snacks to bring along when heading out of the house is raw carrots. Baby carrots are especially easy because there is no cutting or slicing involved, just a sweet enough snack to help curb our appetite and feel full. For an extra effort at battling hunger, we like to dip in hummus we can bring in an easy to-go container!
Forget to pack some lunch or snacks? Instead of a fast sandwich, opt for a salad with dark leafy greens like spinach, kale or swiss chard to fill you up and suppress hunger for a few more hours.
Whether you want to bring a whole apple, or pre-slice, apples are easy to pack and bring along when you’re on the go. With soluble fiber to keep you full, and natural glucose to regulate your blood sugar and give you refreshing burst of energy, some apples to snack on will ensure you walk right past any fast food choices in your line of vision.
One of the easiest snacks to pack is a serving of almonds. No crumbs, no residue on your fingers, just an easy snack full of antioxidants, vitamin E, and magnesium to help you feel full when hunger strikes.
What’s your favorite shopping snack? Let us know how you stay JERSEY STRONG during the busy holiday season!