With a little strategy, healthy snacking on the go is easy! And it will help keep you on track to meet your health and wellness goals. So the next time you pack your bag to head out for the day, pack snacks, too.
Pack apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, clementines, celery sticks, edamame, and carrot sticks. They fit easily into plastic bags and can go a few hours without refrigeration.
Single-Serving Nut Butters
Pair some almond-or peanut-butter with fresh fruit slices or spread on whole-grain toast.
Cubed cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese sticks, and mini cheese wheels are the perfect portion sizes and taste great with almonds.
Many convenience stores carry premade hard-boiled eggs, which are perfect for any time of the day.
Fruit & Nut Bars
Choose a bar that contains 5 grams of sugar or less. Or make your own. Use rolled oats, dried fruit and seeds to make an easily packed snack.
There are numerous ready-to-drink protein shakes at convenience stores. Or bring along your own protein powder to mix with water or stir into oatmeal.
Plain Oatmeal Packets
This quick and easy breakfast (or snack) pairs perfectly with dried fruit, berries or nut butter, and is easy to make.
Raw, unsalted or lightly salted almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts or (enter favorite nut here) travel well and are easy to snack on. The trio of fiber, protein and healthy fats found in nuts makes them a nutritious snack that fights hunger.
Dried fruits are packed with potassium and fiber, but watch out for sources of added sugar. Raisins, tart cherries, prunes, dates, and apricots are great choices—just make sure they are unsweetened. Watch your portions: A serving of dried fruit is about a ¼ cup.
Individual bags of popcorn provide healthy whole grains, are low in calories and are chock-full of antioxidants like polyphenols. Of course, we’re not talking about movie theater popcorn here, but one cup of “naked” air-popped popcorn clocks in at only 31 calories.
Although these are usually refrigerated, they pair perfectly with carrot sticks, celery, and edamame. Store them in a cooler, or pick some up from a local grocery and store them in the hotel mini fridge for a convenient snack.
Individual containers of applesauce are easy to pack and provide a tasty alternative to traditional apple slices. You can also get them in squeeze tubes for easy eating on the go. Go for unsweetened applesauce to limit excess sugar.
Beef, turkey, chicken and venison jerky can be an excellent snack that’s low in calories and high in protein. Make sure to look out for added sugar sources; aim for jerkies that are less than 3 grams of sugar per serving.