On-the-Go Snacks that Help You Stick to New Year’s 2011 Resolutions

by Jennifer on January 13, 2011

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Happy New Year! We are all familiar with this scenario: New Year’s Day comes and we have a list of resolutions that we are determined to stick with and accomplish. The resolutions at the top of the list are usually along the lines of ‘eat healthier,’ ‘lose weight,’ etc. and one habit that can help you accomplish those goals involves planning your meals and snacks. In addition to being healthier, it is often cheaper so you can use the money you save for a gym membership or fitness clothing.

Having great snack options on-hand and ready-to-go is essential to not giving into cravings and making bad food choices. You know what I mean – when you are very hungry or craving something salty or sweet and notice the local drive-through and justify stopping there because, after all, you need to eat right? Uh-oh.  

Having some healthy snacks on-hand will help keep you on track until you get home for a well-balanced meal. Here are some of my favorites:

*Whole grain crackers and cheese or mini-sized whole wheat bagel with low-fat cream cheese, which is a great protein and fiber option

*Hard-boiled eggs

*Sliced veggies or a small salad and reduced-fat salad dressing

*Baked or reduced-fat potato chips or baked tortilla chips and hummus

*Granola, homemade granola bar or trail mix (One of our favorites is Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix)

*Popcorn (preferably air-popped) with fun combinations such as salt and pepper or even garlic powder and a light dusting of Parmesan

*Fruits & vegetables: baby carrots, celery, sugar snap peas. The possibilities are endless and you can pack your favorite dips. Remember, moderation is key. Keep in mind that sometimes fruit can hit the spot when you are having a sugar craving as there are some natural sweet choices, such as pineapple or kiwi.

When I am packing lunches, snacks, putting away leftovers and freezing meals, I often use both Ziploc Brand Containers and Bags. I know they are reliable, affordable and available in so many sizes to fit all my packaging needs. I especially love using the Ziploc Brand Snack Bags as they are perfect for portion control.

Be sure to spend some time on the Ziploc Facebook Fan Page as they have great tips, coupons and recipes. In fact, share your favorite healthy recipes and snack ideas on the Facebook page!

So, here’s to better snacking and staying healthy! Happy 2011 and keep envisioning your goals and successes.  And remember to Savor the Thyme!

* This post is sponsored by Ziploc®, but my thoughts, statements, recipes and opinions are my own.

Cajun Chef Ryan January 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

I use both Ziploc brand and others for a variety of uses, including two sandwich size bags every day for my sons lunch. Saves us a lot of money and gives him a healthy alternative to the school cafeteria offerings of pizza, burgers, or chicken nuggets every day.

Bon appetit!

Maria January 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Great ideas for snacking on the go!

Marly January 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm

We use ziploc bags to carry our vegan snacks – like raisins and peanuts. We even wash and re-use them to get as much out of them as we can. Great post!

Shelby January 14, 2011 at 5:26 am

I use ziploc snack bags every weekday to take my yogurt toppings (granola, or those yummy granola nut clusters!) to work with me!

Dawn Sandomeno January 14, 2011 at 7:36 am

Heading to the pumpkin seed trail mix recipe post now. I have a road trip today to Pittsburgh and I am going to mix this up for the ride. Thanks Jen!

Brooke January 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

GREAT post! l love all the ideas. We use Ziploc bags for just about everything. Mommy savers for sure!

Mary Kay February 17, 2011 at 8:37 am

Huge ziploc fan here. I make black bean brownies & freeze individual servings in Ziploc sandwich bags. Easy way to avoid over indulgence when craving chocolate fix!

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