Having ready options for healthy snacks on the go can be tough, especially when you have a busy schedule!
Even when you don’t have time to prepare a meal, you can choose, find, or create healthy snacks to take with you and eat with your health in mind all throughout the day.
Healthy snacks are possible! And you can bring them with you. It’s easier than you think. You can either bring snacks from home or even stop at a gas station or convenience store to pick up some as well. Here are a few choices and tips about how to store them and make them.
High protein snacks on the go
High protein snacks are an efficient way to increase energy without consuming a large number of calories and carbohydrates, for those who need to focus on those. There are a variety of healthy snack options available that are easy to make, pack, and find in most stores. Many high protein snacks also serve as heart-healthy snacks on the go.
- Trail mix (watch serving size)
- Greek yogurt
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Dried broad beans or roasted chickpeas
- Apple with peanut butter
- A wrap with hummus and beans
- Hummus with carrots and cucumbers to dip
If you’re going for a hike or another destination that doesn’t have a refrigerator, a list of fridge-free snacks could be useful!
Homemade protein balls- Also called power balls or energy balls, these bite-sized snacks include a large amount of nutrition and energy in a small portion.
- Pita with nut butter with whole fruit spread
- Nuts, including almonds, peanuts, cashews, and pistachios or DIY trail mix
- Healthy crackers with nut butters like almond butter or peanut butter
- Air-popped popcorn
- Roasted seaweed
- Roasted chickpeas
Fruits and vegetables can be a great option for healthy snacks on the go for weight loss. Many fruits can be taken along as they are and peeled later or eaten with the peel, including:
- Bananas, pears, oranges, peaches, plums
- Dried fruit and trail mix – can include popcorn, nuts, seeds like pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
Vegetable snacks can help keep you going by supplying your body with additional nutrients, not to mention they can be very tasty! Here are a few great and quick vegetable snacks:
- Carrot sticks, sliced peppers, and celery sticks with hummus, peanut butter, yogurt dip, salsa, guacamole or another healthy dip
- Root chips with salsa and guacamole
- Root veggie chips
- Roasted edamame beans
Choosing a healthy snack on the go depending on your plans for the day
Depending on your activities for the day, you might want to choose your snack based on the type of nutritional content it offers. If you’re going to need a lot of energy, snacks with more protein and healthy fats can give you the boost you need. If you’re looking for cleansing snacks that can increase the amounts of vitamins and minerals you’re getting, go for the fruit and vegetable-based snacks.
In addition to snacks, it’s important to keep hydrated throughout the day! Don’t forget to bring plenty of water with you as well.
Storing and preparing snacks quickly
Often snacks brought from home can be stored in a simple reusable plastic or glass container, or stored in a lunch box. Snacks purchased at a store while out and about are often prepackaged, and can easily be thrown into a bag along with whatever else you’re bringing for your day.
If your snack includes meat or dairy, or other perishable items, be sure to bring an ice pack if you’re going to be out for more than a few hours.
It can be good to plan ahead to have food available when needed. Healthy snacks on the go are a better nutritious choice than stopping for fast food due to hunger while away from home.
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