A joy about working in a salon is you never know what your day will look like. One day you may have a few appointments, a couple walk-ins and some time to sip a cup of coffee, but other days your schedule can be booked solid without a minute to grab something to eat, let alone a moment to breathe.
To keep you happy, energized, and without the risk of dealing with an episode of “hangry’ness”, there are some tasty and healthy snack options that everyone can eat in between clients. With various dietary restrictions, sometimes it’s not the easiest to find something that is not only nutritious, delicious, affordable and just right for you.
Protein shakes are great to have with you not just at the salon, but to carry everywhere you go, as these shakes can be without refrigeration. Many are low carb, low sugar, low cal and high protein, to give you that energy boost without the crash while also filling you up, and curbing your hunger.
A snack that is easily accessible and easy to carry, trail mix is a great source of fiber, protein, and some healthy fats. The best part about trail mix is you can purchase one that is prepackaged or, make your own to fit your nutritional needs and dietary restrictions. If you must have chocolate in your trail mix, look for dark chocolate so you get the added benefits of a great antioxidant and a sweet fix!
No Bake Energy Bites
A delicious snack that is not only affordable but easy to make at home, no bake energy bites are healthy, delicious and protein packed.
This snack saves you time with no baking involved, and they can easily be stored for a grab and go type of nutritious treat. Making your own energy bite recipes or finding some online, you’re able to customize them by changing up ingredients and creating several variety options in an easy, on the go, energy fueling snack.
This is a healthy snack staple that can be carried everywhere even in the smallest of purses, and in that tiny drawer at your workstation. Small, portable and clean, eating just a handful of almonds will give you the protein you need to keep you feeling full during the day whether you’re waiting for your lunch break or until the end of your shift.
If sipping on a protein shake isn’t your idea of a snack, try a protein bar! Making your own will not only save you some money but some calories, as many contain added sugars and high caloric intake. Look for bars with minimal ingredients and only those you recognize so you know exactly you’re eating. Protein bars are a great way to get that boost of energy needed to go about your day, without having to reach for a bag of sweets.
Forget sunflower seeds, and switch them up for this healthy and delicious snack that although small, will curb that appetite. A ¼ cup is all you need to reap the health benefits including being heart healthy with it’s good fats, as well as pumpkin seeds have been found to help prevent certain cancers and diseases. These pumpkin seeds are a great snack for most people’s dietary needs and can be eaten raw or even roasted.
Forget beef jerky, turkey jerky is a favorite to those wanting a filling, high protein snack but low calorie. Whether kept whole, or cut into pieces, turkey jerky is easy to store, with no lingering smells and this healthy snack will satisfy your hunger as you prepare for your next client.
When choosing which snacks or other food items to bring with you to hold you over, make sure you follow some helpful tips…
- Skip on foods that are messy
- Protein will help you to stay full longer
- Avoid sugars that will give you a crash later in the day
- Avoid smelly or lingering smelling foods, especially those that leave bad breath!
- Skip on foods that are messy
With our busy lives in and out of the salon, who has time to always sit down for dipping apple slices in almond butter or sneaking in a granola yogurt parfait in between clients.
Plan out some healthy, portable snack options that will not only be quick and easy to eat but also without the fuss of having to refrigerate or clean up after.
Choose a few of your favorites and switch them up so every day isn’t the same and make sure to pick snacks that you enjoy that you’ll look forward to and not just snack on because they’re healthy.
Lastly, regardless of what snack you eat in between clients, save both you and your client by always having a bottle of water and mints at your station!