This simple blog post has snack ideas for you that are great for when you’re on the road, at work, or are too busy to whip up a quick recipe.
Usually I’m a big advocate of eating whole, unprocessed foods, but sometimes life happens. That’s when it’s a good idea to be armed with a list of healthy grab & go snack options that you can buy at the grocery store.
Here’s a quick checklist:
- Tuna kits
- Apple and 1-2 tbsp. of almond butter (Justin’s sells pre-packed single-serving nut butters, or you can make your own)
- Low-sugar, single serving Greek yogurt (make sure sugar content is 8 or fewer grams of sugar per serving)
- 100-calorie serving of nuts (prepacked at grocery stores, or make your own with 1/2 – 1 ounce serving of nuts)
- Fruit & nuts (add some berries, or have a peach, pear, or kiwi with your nuts)
- Chia seed bars (packed with fiber to keep you feeling full)
- Grass-fed jerky (make sure it’s low in sugar and sodium, check the label)
- Plantain chips or crispy chickpeas (watch your serving sizes, because they are addictive!)
- In a pinch, try an RX Bar, Forte Bar or Kind Bar (these contain whole food ingredients)
- Roasted pepitas or pumpkin seeds
When in doubt, make sure you scour the nutrition and ingredient labels. There should be a short list of ingredients, with no hydrogenated fats or chemical-sounding names you can’t pronounce.
Basically, you’re looking for a balanced snack with protein, healthy fats, and some fiber to keep you feeling full until you can refuel with a balanced meal. It also should be low in sugar and sodium.