Potassium is an essential vitamin our body needs to balance its electrolytes and help our muscles functions. Yet, 98% of Americans don’t get the daily recommended amount of 4,700 mg of potassium.
As a society, we are nearly always on the go and looking for easy, convenient foods to eat on the run. Just because you’re in a hurry doesn’t mean you can’t find sources of potassium!
Check out 5 easy sources of potassium:
Bananas are an obvious choice for both convenience and being one of the best sources of potassium. A medium sized banana contains about 400 mg of potassium and less than 100 calories as a bonus.
Not only are they extremely easy to eat on the go, bananas are around all year long. Meaning you’ll always have a go-to snack for breakfast or before a workout to keep those muscles from cramping.
Not usually referred to for its potassium levels, avocados pack in more than 900 mg of potassium. Avocados are also a great source of healthy fats.
Avocados aren’t quite as easy to eat as bananas on the go, but you can pre-slice them at home and have them handy. They taste great plain or you can add a bit of lemon juice to it to give it a bit of a zesty kick.
3. Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt has become increasingly popular over the past several years. Greek yogurt is higher in protein and potassium than regular yogurt. A regular cup of greek yogurt contains about 285 mg of potassium.
Greek yogurt is easy to eat on the move (as long as you have a spoon) and is one of the more well-rounded sources of potassium on the list. Greek yogurt also provide probiotics which help fight the bad bacteria in your stomach and keep your digestive system on track.
4. Dried Apricots
Apricots are a seasonal fruit that can also tend to be more expensive. However, when bought dried, they are good year round and are excellents sources of potassium.
A half cup of dried apricots deliver around 755 mg of potassium. You can easily toss some in a Ziploc bag and carry it with you throughout the day as a handy sweet snack.
However, be careful to not eat too many because dried apricots are also high in sugar.
Bugs Bunny’s potassium levels were probably through the roof. A cup of carrots contain 390 mg of potassium and are a great source of vitamin e as well.
Carrots are inexpensive and can easily be eaten on the go. They taste great alone or can be paired with hummus to add a bit of protein and additional to flavor.
Getting enough potassium each day doesn’t have to involve cooking or stressing. Throughout the day you can be adding sources of potassium to your diet and feeling better and energized!