Snacking is serious business in our house. With a 5 year old, 3.5 year old and 1.5 year old, it seems someone is always eating, talking about food, or getting to that point of too hungry. Hangry kids are no fun! For those reasons, and because I also don’t want to become a hangry mom myself, I always make sure we are prepared with some kind of snack when we are away from home. Errands with 3 kids in tow always take longer than expected, so we usually roll back home later for lunch than I plan. That’s when our healthy snacks come in handy!
Maybe you are in the same situation, or maybe you’re just looking for some fresh snack ideas to help you push past that afternoon slump at work. Whatever you need them for, I hope these 10 healthy snacks for on the go help you out as much as they help us!
Build a balanced snack
I think of snacks as mini-meals. For all my meals I emphasize balancing carbohydrates, protein and fat. The 3 macro nutrients together keep me feeling great and balanced. I handle my snacks, and the snacks for my kids, the same way. I try and get all 3 macro nutrients into each snack, but sometimes I may only hit 2. For example, a carbohydrate source and fat source, a protein source and a fat source, or a carbohydrate source and a protein source. Fat and protein both help to keep you satiated longer, which I why I try and not just have a carbohydrate source if I want some staying power.
10 healthy snacks for on the go
- apple slices with natural peanut butter (or any nut/seed butter)
- hard boiled egg and baby carrots
- uncured salami and cucumber slices
- larabar + orange slices
- banana and walnuts
- raisins and almonds
- RX bar + blueberries
- hummus and snap peas
- dried apples (no added sugar), pecans and coconut chips (no sugar added)
- grapes and nitrate free turkey slice rolls
Bonus prep-ahead snack: try these cocoa peanut date balls!
If I’m packing a snack that will be sitting in the car, I simply throw an ice pack in the bag with a snack to keep it cool. I never stress too much about things staying ice cold. I hope these favorite snacks of ours can inspire your own healthy snacking adventures!
What is your favorite healthy snack to take on the go?