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When you are hungry, you don’t have time to think about what is a healthy snack. It happens to all of us from time to time. You are out and about when the day seems to get away from you, and you realize that you are starving. You need to get something to eat right now, and there are no healthy options in sight. You try to pick the healthiest item from a list of bad choices.

While it may not make a long-term difference in your health if the above scenario happens every once in a while, for many people, it happens on a daily basis. This scenario can easily be prevented with a little planning.

When you know you are going to be away from home for more than 2 hours, have healthy snacks prepared so you can eat on the go.

Find snacks that appeal to you and are easily transported. You can keep snacks in an insulated sack with a freezer pack, if needed. This way you are never stuck without a healthy option when hunger strikes.

Healthy Snack Options for Home or On the Go

Energy Trail Mix                                                        Energy Bites

Mixed berries or other favorite fruit                     Green Smoothie

Simple Paleo Reese Cups                                      Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Hard-boiled Eggs                                                      Kale or Zucchini Chips

Simple Mills crackers                                            Roasted Chickpeas

Leftover Vegetables                                                 Almonds and dried cranberries

Carrot or cucumber sticks & hummus                 Quality, grass-fed beef jerky

Apple slices and nut butter. May add cacao nibs or pieces of dark chocolate

Make your own trail mix (example: almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts and coconut)

Unsweetened greek yogurt – add fresh berries

Protein Bars (the ones with protein are filling, and have less sugar) (My favorites)

Shredded coconut mixed with unsalted sunflower seeds

Organic tortilla chips and guacamole

Make your own healthy ‘treats’ ahead of time (check out this site for a healthy banana bread recipe)

 

You don’t have to be a slave to junk food, fast food or the vending machine for your snacks or when you are on the go. With a little forethought, you can always have healthy snacks with you, helping you avoid the sluggish feeling that comes from eating empty calories.

When you do select snacks that are already packaged, always read the label. Choose snacks that are low in sugar and have protein or healthy fats in order to avoid blood sugar level spikes.

Take control of your diet and make progress toward living the healthy lifestyle you have been envisioning by preparing healthy snacks. You will be rewarded with more energy and better results in your weight loss efforts. It only takes a small time investment to begin reaping the rewards!

What are your favorite healthy go-to snacks that you enjoy?

Want a small, printable list of snacks to keep inside a cupboard door or in your pantry for quick ideas. Just enter your first name and email and you will immediately receive the link to print for a handy reference.


 

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54 comments

    • Karen says:

      Have you found a good, healthy tortilla chip? A few years ago my son threw Tostidos in the compost pit. The bugs wouldn’t touch them and they did not disintegrate for a long time. I knew then that if they don’t naturally go bad, my body must struggle with digesting them.

    • Karen says:

      Surprisingly I am finding it isn’t costing me as much as I thought. I eat a lot less when I am eating healthy, so I don’t buy as much. It took me a while as I slowly switched out my buying the junk to the good stuff, but I now don’t see much difference. Just a little more. There are definitely options of making your own. Also it is a matter of pay a little now to feed your body or pay later with poor health and doctor bills.

  1. I’m really conscious of this, Karen. I travel a lot with the dogs–cross country, often. And I always load up on tangerines, nuts and mixes, etc. That keeps me from gorging on potato chips from the convenience store!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Lisa, for trying to comment again. I appreciate it. Yes, the fast food junk will definitely zap energy after a short spurt. Too many things advertise as healthy that aren’t.

  2. I have never gone into a fast food joint like McDonalds, Burger KIng, Wendy, Taco, etc.. I do have healthy snack bars as I use Usana, but also carry fruit, water, nuts. Will give some of your ideas a try. My downfall is potato chips. If I avoid them I start dreaming of them so I have some every now & then.

  3. Tamuria says:

    I recently tried some roasted chickpeas with the most delicious spice mix and they are my new favourite snack. I used to be good about having healthy snacks at the ready but lost the art once my kids grew up. Now, with Goddesses often in tow, I’m taking that little extra time to plan and avoid the packet of chips. Great list, thank you.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for suggesting roasted chickpeas. I used to eat them until once I made them and something went wrong. Oh let’s just say I didn’t want them, but now that you mentioned them, I might have to try again.

  4. I always carry nuts and fruit with me when I am on-the-go. Also our high protein MySmartBars always come with me too. So many of the snack bars are high in sugars (even if it is from dates), so I agree that making sure the protein is the key macronutrient, is so important. Lots of choices here for everyone, so there really is no reason to get caught off-guard without healthy and nourishing snack foods. That goes for being at home or being out and on-the go. Thanks for the suggestions, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Beverley, all that work with you are lucky to have your knowledge and your caring spirit. Thanks for your kind compliment. I agree no reason to be caught off guard and these really aren’t more time consuming to make sure you have available.

  5. Carol Rundle says:

    These are some great suggestions, Karen, that I’m happy to share with my tribe. The shredded coconut with unsalted sunflower seeds caught my eye. I’m going to try to tomorrow since I have both on hand. Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Carol, glad something caught your eye. Will be curious to hear if you like it. Thanks for being willing to share with your tribe. We can eat healthier if we just explore some great real foods to eat…nuts, seeds and coconut are easy.

  6. Joyce Hansen says:

    I’m always looking for healthy snacks and there are some great ideas here. I’ve never tried chickpeas but the comments are favorable, so i”ll give it a try. I also like organic popcorn. That seems to satisfy the urge to nosh.

    • Karen says:

      I usually don’t eat popcorn because much of it is GMO and I try to limit my carbs because the carbs I consume add up so fast, but if you can find organic popcorn that can be a great snack.

  7. Janet says:

    Great tips! I love carrots and cucumber with Hummus, in fact, I love making my own hummus too, flavoured with paprika.

    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

    Janet

  8. All your snacks sound good. I’m focusing more on healthy eating — carrots and celery with hummus or if I’m feeling really wild and crazy, I’ll make my own pita chips (whole wheat, of course) and eat them with hummus. Also applies, raisins and bananas. I try to stay away from anything that has a lot of processed carbs because then I just crave more.

  9. Glad to get new ideas for what sounds like great, healthy snack ideas. On the days when I am working at my desktop, I tend to keep munchies nearby and they are not always healthy choices.

  10. debbie says:

    Karen,

    I love coconut and would never have thought of it as a snack and mixed with sunflower seeds? Very interesting! I will have to try that for sure. It is good to see a practical list of great snacks and I love that you separated them into the two categories. Thanks for linking up at TaDa!

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