Having easy grab-and-go snacks on hand is a game changer to fuel you through busy days. It’s all about planning ahead for no-fuss snacks that will satisfy you until your next meal while avoiding the vending machine, drive-through window, or office break room treats.
But what makes for a healthy yet satisfying snack? Whether you’re snacking at your desk or munching in the school pick-up line, it’s important to look for snacks that range from 100 to 250 calories and are filled with fiber and protein. When you’re making your snacks try out some of these delicious options:
- Low Sugar Jerky or Meat Bar
Jerky is an awesome portable protein option that doesn’t require any refrigeration, making it perfect to keep in your bag for an emergency snack. Just be sure to stick to varieties that are nitrate free, low fat, and low sugar and look for ones that have 3 grams or less of both fat and sugar. Or try a meat bar such as Epic Chicken Sriracha bars.
- Individual Hummus/Guacamole with Veggies
Forget about packing Tupperware. Try out individual cups of hummus or guacamole instead. Packed with fiber and healthy fats, these yummy dips are perfect to scoop up with sliced veggies. Baby carrots, snap peas, and mini bell peppers are all delicious vegetable options that travel well.
- Single-Serving Greek Yogurt or Cottage Cheese with Fruit
When a craving for something creamy and sweet hits, try enjoying some low-sugar Greek yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit. Individual cartons are ideal for storing in the office kitchen so you always have a protein- and calcium-packed snack option on hand.
- Low-Sugar Ready-to-Drink Protein Shake
No refrigerator? No problem! Keep a low-sugar protein shake ready to grab for when you need a satisfying snack but only have one hand to sip. To make for a balanced snack, try pairing it with some fruit.
- Fruit and Nut Butter Packet
Keep a convenient nut butter packet on hand to squeeze onto an apple or banana. No knife or spoon is required to get a dose of healthy fats and fiber while on the run.
- Dried Beans and Edamame
Mix up your snacking with some dried broad beans, dried edamame, or dried chickpeas. They are just as portable as a baggie full of nuts, but all come with an extra dose of protein and fiber to keep you fueled.
- Homemade Trail Mix
Usually, there’s actually the same amount of sugar (and less calories) in a chocolate chip cookie than in a classic trail mix, thanks to the high sugar dried fruit and chocolate pieces. But the good news is you can create your own portable snack (but keep it low sugar) by combining heart-healthy nuts, low-sugar freeze dried fruit, and either whole grain cereal or air-popped popcorn in a baggie.