Our society is constantly on the go. Our lives are usually fast paced and focused entirely on getting to the next thing. Unfortunately, when our lives become hectic, healthy options are the first thing to go. In hopes of combatting this, I have created a list of some of my favorite healthy, on-the-go snacks.
These are delicious options for mid morning, post lunch hunger strikes or post workout if you aren’t going home right away. These are great if you’re busy with classes or have a long day of work ahead.
These are wonderful because of the nutritional quality and very small number of ingredients. Most are only made with dates, nuts, and fruit, all natural ingredients with no added preservatives, or added sugar. They’ll hold you over until the next meal!
2. Apple (or Banana) and Peanut Butter
One of my favorite snacks is apple (or banana) and peanut butter. I honestly have this almost every day at some time. Fruit is an excellent source of nutrients and has fiber to help keep you full, but when paired with peanut butter it’s even better at keeping you fuller longer, due to the healthy fats in peanut butter. Simply grab a piece of fruit and put a spoonful or two of peanut butter in a small Tupperware and throw it in your bag for later!
3. Homemade Trail Mix
I prefer making my own trail mix, but there are good ones out there you can buy. Just be careful of the chocolate to nut ratio. It usually ends up being a lot more chocolate and added sugar on the dried fruit, which raises the sugar content a lot. When I make my own, I put almonds, cashews, raisins, banana chips, gluten free Chex cereal, cashews, and gluten free pretzels in a large Tupperware and mix all together, then take out little plastic bags worth when I want some. You can also add dark chocolate chips, craisins, dates, apple chips, or walnuts (or any type of nuts you like) in as well.
4. Crackers and Avocado
Simply take your serving of crackers in one bag and 1/2 an avocado in another bag. You can either cut out little chunks of avocado to put on top of the crackers or if you’re lucky and the avocado is really smooth, then you can scoop it out with the crackers. I personally use gluten free crackers, but you can use any type you like. Avocados are a great source of healthy fats to help keep you feeling fuller longer.
5. Fruit and Granola
You can put any pairing of fruit you would like together, but I love mixing raspberries, blueberries, grapes, and mango in a cup and adding gluten free granola on top for a little treat. If you have fridge access while on the go or at work, I recommend adding low fat yogurt to make a parfait and for added nutritional benefit.
These are just some of my favorite options, but the options are truly endless! I hope these help you in preparing ahead of time and making sure you always have healthy options with you to prevent vending machine snacking!