As a general rule in my life, I like to bring an easy to grab, healthy snack with me when I know I’ll be out of the house for a few hours. It’s always a rough feeling to be away from home when you’re hungry. Your mind has a funny way of convincing you to go ahead and eat fast food. Mine tells me that I need a Big Mac. What does yours tell you? Sometimes that’s fine but if you’re trying to be healthy and want to save that kind of food for another day then it’s important to be prepared.
I keep several options on hand to make things easier for myself. My preferences are unprocessed foods that fit in my handbag, are easy to eat while driving, and preferably don’t need to be refrigerated (with one exception but I’ll get to that later).
My top choices include:
There’s always a bag of almonds in my house. They’re a healthy, easy snack. Other nut choices work well too but almonds are one of the healthier options. I get usually get unsalted since it can be easy to get way too much sodium from salted ones.
2. Pumpkin Seeds or Sunflower Seeds
Pay attention to ingredients with these. Yes, ingredients! Many times companies will mix these with some type of unhealthy oil and salt. I look for seeds that are either plain or have just salt although I try to stay away from the salted ones.
3. Cheese Sticks
This is one of the exceptions to the no refrigeration requirement because they’re just so easy to grab on the way out of the house. This snack is perfect for if we’re heading to my father in law’s for lunch and I’m hungry but the drive is about an hour so a cheese stick is the perfect amount to hold me over. I love part skim milk mozzarella cheese sticks.
4. Protein Shake
I’ll either have one right before I leave the house or pack a scoop in a shaker to drink later. I always bring a larger bottle of water with me wherever I go so I mix in water whenever I’m ready to drink the shake.
Super easy, super fast to grab, easy to eat in the car. Just be sure to throw the banana peel in the trash the first chance you get so your car doesn’t smell.
I’ll wash this first and pack a paper towel for it because of the juices but overall it’s pretty easy to eat while driving.
7. Healthy Snack Bars
My go-to snack bars are RX Bars and Larabars. These are my least common snacks since they have a lot of sugar in them from the dates but sometimes we’ll have them if Derek or I have a training class for work and might not be near a refrigerator to keep regular food. Most snack bars are loaded with processed ingredients and to be honest, are pure junk. I feel like Rx and Larabars are healthier options despite the sugar because the ingredients are whole foods.
Two other great options are hard boiled eggs and jerky. They’re not included in my list of snacks because they are ones I never have on hand but if I’m on a road trip, I’ll buy them at Wawa since they’re good protein sources.
Keeping these foods on hand has been a game changer for me on my health journey. It’s a good feeling to know I can stay on track with foods that are tasty and easy to grab on my way out the door without having to prep anything.