It can be hard to make healthy eating choices when you’re on the go. Stopping by a fast food drive-thru is temptingly easy, but you can make smarter snacking choices by planning in advance and packing a few things in your bag! Here are a few of my favorite easy on the go snacks.
Eating fruit has endless benefits. It’s like nature’s candy! Fruits with a protective peel or skin, like apples and oranges, are easy to throw in your purse. Plus, they last longer than melons and berries without refrigeration.
Who doesn’t love popcorn? As long as you choose carefully, popcorn can be a great low calorie snack. Try and look out for an unbuttered option. SkinnyPop makes convenient prepackaged snack bags. I like to buy them in bulk so I always have one to grab from the pantry. If you can’t find the individual ones in the store, buy a large bag and make your own individual baggies!
If you find yourself craving a crunch, kale chips are a fantastic alternative to regular potato chips! You can buy them at the store or make your own at home.
Be wary with snack bars. Not all are health friendly, as some are loaded with sugars and saturated fats. However, there are a few that I really like. Kashi products are great, Kind Bars are made of nuts and fruit, and come in tons of yummy flavors like Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt. I even found a bar called Made Good at Costco that hit the spot! Remember, this is a snack and while some bars are high in fat, take in account that if nuts are one of the ingredients, it will be higher.
Trail mix is so easy to pour into a Ziploc baggie and take with you. Plus, it’s totally customizable – you can add what you’d like! I make a big batch and start with a granola or dry cereal base and add plenty of nuts and sunflower seeds for protein. For sweetness, I include some cut up dried fruit, like mangoes, dried cranberries or apricots. A touch of dark chocolate mixes in well, too, and it’s full of antioxidants! Again, it’s all about portion size, so keep it under 1/2 cup per baggie.
I love these snacks because they’re easy, inexpensive and don’t require refrigeration. Next time you’re going on a road trip or out for the day running errands, by packing a few of these healthier alternatives you won’t be tempted to stop by a fast food restaurant or a vending machine when you need a little munch!
Snacks are supposed to be just that, a snack. If you’re buying a packaged product like Skinny Pop, then portion it out because it’s so easy to eat a whole bag! Some products boast healthy ingredients, but it doesn’t always mean that it’s the healthiest choice. If you need a snack, ‘cleaner’ type of snacks like fruits and veggies are healthier choices, but sometimes you feel like having something a little more indulgent. I know I do! My advice – have it! But, one portion. Make sure that you enjoy it and make it part of your healthy attitude and lifestyle!
Do you bring snacks with you when you’re on the go? I’d love to hear about it!
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