Because of our busy lifestyles, choosing healthy meals and snacks can be a bit difficult when we are on the go. When you get hit with those mid-day munchies, it’s easy to fall into the trap of buying a bag of junk food from the nearest vending machine. Unfortunately, I am all too familiar with the vending machine runs. But, with careful planning and a little bit of meal prepping, you can help ensure that you and your family maintain a well-balanced diet.
I like to package my family’s snacks in the little snack-sized Ziploc bags so that they can be easily grabbed and tossed into a lunch or tote bag for the day. By storing snacks in individual servings in the fridge or pantry, it also ensures that we only eat single servings, as opposed to overindulging on an entire container of grapes (guilty party here).
Here are some of my family’s favorite snacks that are healthy and also easy to grab when on the go. Best of all, a few of them can be stored on your desk, in your purse, or in your car.
Full of phytonutrients and antioxidants, grapes are a good choice when it comes to healthy snacks.
Bananas are full of potassium and B vitamins. This is my favorite when it comes to morning snacks.
According to the Mayo Clinic, nuts contain unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids which are good for your heart. They also contain fiber which can help lower cholesterol. They are high in calories, so be sure to watch your serving size.
My all-time favorite snack! Peanut butter snack packs are great on the go. They are excellent for dipping. You can even keep them in your desk drawer at work for a quick snack or in your car for emergency snacks for the kiddos.
Packed with antioxidants and flavanols, chocolate – DARK chocolate can be beneficial to you. If you love chocolate like I do, it will be easy to overindulge on this sweet treat. Keep it at two ounces MAX per day.
I’m not going to lie, I’m not a huge fan of yogurt. But it is packed with nutrients like calcium, potassium, zinc and B vitamins. It’s also full of probiotics which is my main reason for eating it. When you add fresh fruit, like raspberries or strawberries, it’s actually pretty delicious.
Hard Boiled Egg
Eggs are good for snacks and even breakfast on the go. Eggs are packed with protein and potassium. I like mine sprinkled with just a tad bit of salt and pepper, please.
Who doesn’t love cheese? String cheese is great with crackers or it can be eaten by itself.
Veggies and Hummus
Hummus packs are great for dipping your vegetables. I like mine with carrots or celery sticks. Just pack your veggies in a Ziploc bag and toss your hummus pack in and you’ve got a delicious healthy snack.
Air popped corn is a great option if you are one to crave potato chips. Popcorn is healthier than chips and is chock full of fiber.
What are some of your favorite on the go snacks? Share them with me.