5 Healthy On-the-Go Snack Ideas

Life doesn’t stop for cravings. When the drive-through lane beckons, the knowledge that your bag holds satisfying snacks can give you the willpower to drive past. Some prepackaged snack foods contain so much sugar and fat that they’re no better than fries. The ideal snack provides between 100 and 200 calories and a combination of carbohydrates and either protein or healthful fats, says dietitian Sarah-Jane Bedwell, in an interview with Today’s Dietitian magazine.

Fruits and Veggies

Yes, fruits and vegetables are obviously healthy, but they make a good snack for a reason. With tons of fiber, they can keep you full until mealtime, and their crunch or sweetness can satisfy cravings. Oranges and apples travel well whole. Wash berries or grapes and stow them in plastic food storage boxes to protect them. Dried fruits are even easier to prep, but because they’re loaded with sugar, albeit the naturally occurring kind, stop at a few handfuls. Baby carrots, grape tomatoes, sugar snap peas and celery sticks taste appealing drizzled with salad dressing.

an apple is a great healthy on-the-go-snack idea

an apple a day…

Energy and Granola Bars

Wrapped bars made with oats and nuts seem like a healthy snack, but this is one food that requires careful label reading. In one Consumer Reports test, the 24 bars studied contained anywhere from 2 to 20 grams of sugar and as many as 270 calories. Search for bars with low sugar, fat and calorie contents, or make your own at home so you can control the ingredients.

diy no-back granola bars mean you control how much sugar goes in

DIY granola bars

Crackers and Dips

Look for single-serving bags of pretzel chips or rods, whole grain crackers, baked tortilla chips, sweet potato chips or popcorn, or prepare small snack bags of them yourself. Any of these salty treats makes an easy snack as is, but small containers of salsa, guacamole, bean dip or even peanut butter make them even tastier. Look for individual, shelf-stable packages of dips so refrigeration isn’t an issue. Maneuvering a container of salsa and a bag of tortilla chips isn’t easy while driving, but chips and dip makes a satisfying stationary snack.

cheese and crackers will give you a good mix of carbs, fats and proteins

can’t go wrong with cheese and crackers

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds make the ultimate on-the-go snack. Keep a container in your car or desk and grab one handful when your stomach grumbles. Munch on unsalted sunflower or pumpkin seeds, or combine them with a little shredded coconut for a simple trail mix. Unsalted or lightly salted nuts are packed with healthy fat, but limit your consumption. One ounce of nuts contains between 160 and 200 calories, sufficient for a snack.

almonds are a perfect snack

raw almonds are portable and delicious


A small sandwich that combines protein and carbohydrates gives you energy and keeps you full for a while. Make half a sandwich by folding over a single slice of bread. Fill the sandwich with peanut butter and jelly, turkey and mustard, leftover roasted meat, or sliced hard-boiled egg and a piece of cheese. Stuff hummus and vegetables into half a pita. In a pinch, make a few mini sandwiches by layering peanut butter, jam and fruit, or deli meats and cheeses between crackers.

delicious and nutritious! a sandwich with avocado, tomato and hummus is a perfect healthy on-the-go snack idea

avocado + tomato + hummus = delicious

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