About 2 months ago I gave up on that bar life. No, not the one that serves you drinks (not that crazy!), but the kind that come in colorful packaging and are popping up all over the place promising you high protein, high fiber, low net carbs, all natural, and all other kinds of health claims. For a snack that is supposed to help you out when you’re on the go, I started relying on them almost daily as a supplement. They were quick, easy and kinda felt like I was eating a treat, but I never felt super satisfied for a long period of time. My wallet was also feeling the effects as each bar can cost between $2-3.50. I wanted to change my habits a bit to make sure that I was eating more healthy snacks that were prepped at home or easy to grab at a store, and only using bars as a quick snack when I was out and had no access to foods or while traveling.
So I’ve been turning to these other healthy snacks for a quick easy to carry on-the-go snack. When mentioning that I no longer rely on bars people ask what my go-to healthy snacks are. A few friends have also been less interested in eating meat or have recently converted to vegetarians, so I decided to create a list of 15 easy to prep & carry with you healthy snacks. Check out the list below for ideas and feel free to get creative!
If you’re in need of a few good storage containers, I’m a big fan of glass food containers of all sizes to help with each snack size need, which you can purchase online or in any home goods store a la Target, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, etc.
Greek yogurt (unsweetened). Mix in some berries, or other fruit to use as a sweetener. Try this parfait recipe for a “heavier” snack or modify it to you liking. Carry with you in a mason jar.
Chopped veggies + hummus
Veggies + almond butter. My go-to’s are celery & carrots.
Rice crackers + nut butter + pumpkin/hemp seeds + berries
Tempeh. What is tempeh, you ask? Tempeh is made up of cooked and fermented soybeans usually along with some other grains to form a rectangle or triangle patty. Slice tempeh in strips. Heat up 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil in a skillet and sauté tempeh until brown on each side, about 3 min. per side. Season with cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic & onion powder, S & P for a homemade tempeh taco. Put into a to-go container & snack away.
Baked eggs to-go. Easy to carry with you. A little more exciting than boiled eggs, though those are always an option, too!
Fruit + nut butters Think apples, pears, bananas, figs, dates, frozen berries.
Green smoothie. Use either a small piece of frozen fruit, 1/2 c. berries, or a small bit of roasted and peeled sweet potato, a handful of spinach and 1/2 to 1 scoop of protein powder for this carry with you snack! Easy to carry with you in a tumbler or mason jar!
Dr. Praeger’s veggie burgers. Heat them up before you leave the house or let them defrost in your tupperware (my secret fave way to eat them)
Chia pudding Follow the ratio of 1 c. non-dairy milk + 3 tbsp. chia seeds. Add a splash of vanilla & a touch of maple syrup or honey. Choose your spices to your liking. I’m a big fan of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or chai spices.
Roasted veggies. Again, don’t be afraid to break out the fork for healthy snacks. I batch cook a bunch of veggies 1-2x/week and store in a glass container in the fridge. I often dish out 1 cup or so for a bring along with me snack. Add some hummus and you’re golden! Roasted veggies are also easy to buy at a hot bar in many grocery stores.
Oven roasted chickpeas (homemade or store bought)
Avocado toast + tomatoes, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds
Sweet potato + almond butter (or sweet potato toast + mashed avo)
I keep a batch of roasted sweet potatoes in the fridge for stuffing, slicing, and blending into smoothies. I usually go with the smaller Japanese sweet potato (more of a caramel-esque flavor) and roast at 400F for 25-30 min. On occasion when I forgot to pack a lunch (or was just too lazy) I would bring one to work, poke it with my fork a few times and microwave for 3 minutes and stuff with almond butter.