As you’re rushing around ticking off your holiday to-do list, always bring healthy provisions like a bottle of water and a quick snack. I’m not a huge proponent of constant snacking throughout the day, but it can be helpful to have a healthy alternative on those days when you’re spread a little thin. See, it’s easy to reach for the plate of holiday cookies, grab an uber sugary latte, or head to a nearby vending machine. I’ve even been known to pop a quarter in one of those candy machines in the mall during a long day of Christmas shopping. When I’m totally spent, sometimes those Mike and Ike’s look deliciously appealing and like just the jolt of sugar I need. Don’t judge me.
Life lesson: I learned the hard way (think sugar crashes and neon green gumminess stuck in my teeth) that it’s just as easy to throw a quarter in my purse as it is to toss in one of my favorite snack bars.
I’ll fall face-first into the plate of cookies or a creamy unicorn latte or cake icing or stale Mike and Ike’s every time – Every. Time. – if I don’t prepare for the hunger pains and energy slumps. Part of my quick rundown before heading out the door during holiday season is: “Keys? Check. Wallet? Check. Shopping List? Check? Healthy save-me-from-squatting-in-front-of-the-giant-candy-machine snacks? Check and check.”
So, in the words of my high school counselor, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Ugh, cringe.
But. That damn Mrs. Mikula had a point, didn’t she?
Pick which snacks you like (because you aren’t going to reach for them if you think they taste like cardboard and sadness), toss them in your bag, and go crush that packed social calendar. Also, indulge when you want. I mean, it is the season of yummy food and boozy parties. Just make sure that you’re making the choice to treat yourself and not giving into all the temptations because you weren’t well equipped.
Below are my go-to snacks that are both absolutely delicious and minimally processed. (ps: I am in no way sponsored to say any of this – that would be really cool – I’m just a huge fan)