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Staying Sharp on the Road: Snacks

As I mentioned here, food is incredibly important to me. If I don’t eat something every few hours, I become (at best) wilted and at worst (and more realistically) very cranky. Over time, I’ve come to learn that I must always, always, always have a good snack or two with me. In the office as well as when I’m on the road. Though it can seem like I’m constantly eating for meetings – multiple breakfast meetings, coffee meetings 2 – 3 times a day and perhaps a lunch and/or dinner – I still need “normal” healthy food to keep me going.

Here are a three of my favorite go-to snacks.

1. Protein Trail Mix

Mix and go from top left: Somersaults, organic almonds, gogi berries and roast chickpeas.

Mix and go from top left: Somersaults, organic almonds, gogi berries and roast chickpeas.

This trail mix combines everything you need: sweet, salty, carbs, crunch and protein. And it can stand being squashed in your bag.

Mix a handful (or to your taste) of each: Somersaults, roast chickpeas, almonds, goggi berries – plain and/or chocolate covered

2. Cooked Sweet Potato

Funny but good: microwaved sweet potatoes make great snacks on the go! Here I am ready to snack at the airport.

Funny but good: microwaved sweet potatoes make great snacks on the go! Here I am ready to snack at the airport.

My husband calls these “pocket yams” because I seem to pull them from my pocket. In reality, they are not technically yams and are never in my pocket – though the correction to purse doesn’t seem to make a difference in his mind! : ) This is such a simple, delicious, durable snack. Sweet potatoes are filled with vitamins, fiber and are low on the glycemic index so they provide long, slow-burn energy.

My favorite variety are small Japanese sweet potatoes, but the regular orange ones do well, too. For preparation, simply wash the potato and stick with a fork allover the skin, 6 – 8 times. Place in a microwave and cook 5 – 6 min, or until soft to the touch. Wrap in foil or cool and place in a plastic bag for transport. Enjoy!

3. ThinkThin bar

Easy and it works: good old protein bar.

Easy and it works: good old protein bar.

Nothing super creative here, but I find that this protein bar is the best option for an on-the-go snack. High in protein and low in carbs and sugar, they give me a boost without any of the stuff that will let me down later.