Hungry? Try these gut-friendly on-the-go snacks!
If you work, are a student, or are just trying to cross some tasks off that much too long to-do list, you probably find yourself leaving the house in a rush without time to prepare food for the long day ahead. And like any human, you probably get HUNGRY. It’s easy to ignore that hunger or quickly satisfy it with some fast food or cheap snack, but it’s so important to give our bodies enough energy to healthily and efficiently get through our busiest days.
The gut contains trillions of bacteria, both good and bad. The balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut dictates the overall health of the gut microbiome, which ultimately fuels the health of our body and brain function as a whole. Scientific research has proven that there are certain foods that promote healthy bacteria in the gut and increase the health of the gut microbiome. So stock up on these affordable, gut-friendly, and yummy grocery store items to get you through your long days (and fulfill those cravings).
Apples- “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” We have all heard that one before, but really, apples are amazing for gut health. Apples contain pectin which is a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic meaning it feeds the good bacteria in your gut. If you’re craving a little something more, pair this sweet snack with some peanut butter, which is a great source of healthy fats and protein.
Almonds- Like apples, almonds are a great source of prebiotics, which fuels the probiotics, the good bacteria. Almonds are also a great source of protein for long-lasting energy. Also, almonds are low maintenance for a great on-the-go snack.
Yogurt- Now we’re talking about probiotics! Make sure the yogurt contains active, living bacteria. The National Yogurt Association has implemented the Life and Active Cultures (LAC) seal to help consumers identify yogurts with active bacteria, so when shopping, make sure to look for this seal. Also, for the healthiest option, look for a yogurt low in sugars. Jazzing up some plain yogurt with honey or dark chocolate is a great way to add great taste without all the added sugars.
Dark chocolate- SAY WHAT? If you are a chocolate lover like myself, you would be surprised and pleased to know that dark chocolate has some health benefits. Beneficial bacteria toward the end of the digestive tract ferment the antioxidants and fiber found in the cocoa part of dark chocolate, which create anti-inflammatory compounds.
Celery- Celery is an excellent source of prebiotics, is super refreshing and contains minimal calories. Top it with some delicious peanut butter to add some healthy fats and protein to your snack. You can also sprinkle some cinnamon on top for a kick of flavor, which helps regulate sugar levels in our blood.
So, make sure you always have some on- the-go snacking options that are good for your health, wallet, and satisfy your tastebuds!