Top 5 Healthiest On-The-Go Snacks: Protein / Produce / Carbs

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It's very easy to justify eating junk food when you don't have healthy options around; making sure you don't binge on crap means ensuring you have access to healthy snacks on the go.

Trust me, as someone who binged for 30 years, I know that of which I speak. I spent a lot of years giving in to "snack-attacks" because I didn't understand anything about nutrition and how to make eating healthy easy.

I'm sharing my lists of favourite on-the-go snacks to help you on your quest for better health.

The criteria:

Snacks that are easy to make.
Because if it's not easy to make, you won't make it.

Snacks that are easy to carry. 
Because if it's not easy to carry, you won't bring it.

Snacks that are satiating.
Because if it doesn't take the edge off your hunger, you'll go looking for more (potentially unhealthy) food.

Here are my Top 5 Snacks in each of the following categories: Protein, Produce, Carbohydrates.

Top 5 Healthiest on the Go Snacks - PROTEIN

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Hands down the healthiest option. Boil a dozen eggs ahead of time using The Pioneer Woman's method which ensures easy-peeling. Grab-and-go from the fridge any time you need. Carry them in a Tupperware with a mini ice-pack.

Tuna / Salmon Pouches or Cans (with pop tops)
Easy to carry, easy to open, zero prep except ensuring you've got a fork with you. Carry in a plastic baggie or Tupperware with a napkin and fork.

Raw Nuts: Almonds / Cashews / Walnuts (optional: add dried cranberries, apricots, or raisins)
Fill a small baggie or Tupperware, carry everywhere. A small handful of nuts is surprisingly satiating. You can also find bagged nuts in almost every gas station; it will be difficult to find raw nuts, but plain roasted and salted (without any added flavourings) is your next best option.

Individually Wrapped Cheese Sticks
You can of course cut-up your own cheese and put it in a baggie or tiny Tupperware container, but if you want to make your life even easier, just buy individually wrapped cheese sticks. If you want to get a little fancier than cheese-strings, how about a triangle of Laughing Cow or a little round Babybel? Don't forget your mini ice-pack, if it's warm out.

Nut Butter Wrap: Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter, etc.
A nut butter sandwich is a great option but it can get messy. Wraps are more 'contained', so you can fill the centre with nut butter, and then roll the whole thing up. Presto, ready to go!

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Top 5 Healthiest on the Go Snacks - CARBOHYDRATES

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All of these require ZERO prep; just fill a baggie or Tupperware and you're good to go.

Gluten-Free Organic Brown Rice Cakes
I like the thin square ones - 'stackers' - with a little sea salt; they're great for making nut-butter sandwiches. In the US, Trader Joe's carries them, and in Canada, there's a brand called Lundberg available. (Come to Canada Trader Joe's!)

Multi-Grain Pretzels
I love the multi-grain pretzels by Snyder's of Hanover. (Regular pretzels are ok too; they're certainly better than potato chips and can be found in any gas station.)

Gluten-Free Seed Crackers
My favourite are Mary's Gone Crackers. They're very crunchy, and are a nice complement to the cheese you might also have in your snack box.

Gluten-Free Rice Crackers
I like either Good Thins Sesame Rice Crackers or Rice Crisps Sesame Crackers. Again, very crunchy, and just the right amount of salty.

Top 5 Healthiest on the Go Snacks - PRODUCE

All of these require ZERO prep; just rinse where necessary, fill a baggie or Tupperware and you're good to go.
  1. Mini Cucumbers
  2. Baby Carrots
  3. Cherry Tomatoes
  4. Apple
  5. Banana
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Those were my Top 5 Snacks in each of the following categories: Protein, Produce, Carbohydrates.

If you can only carry one thing, pick something from the Protein category because it will be the most satiating.

But if you have somewhere to stash a small Tupperware container, pick one thing from each of the above categories for a truly well-balanced snack box.

Whenever I take a road trip and am unsure of when and where I'll find decent food, I always have a  Tupperware with a few hard boiled eggs, mini-cucumbers, and a bottle of water (and my mini ice-pack of course). That can literally keep me going all day until dinner-time.

Examples of a healthy and easy to pack on-the go "box"
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Brown rice cakes
  • Mini cucumbers
  • Cheese sticks
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Pretzels
  • Tuna
  • Seed Crackers
  • Baby Carrots
  • Nut-Butter Wrap
  • Banana
It's really easy to eat healthy on the go; all it takes is developing the habit of stocking your fridge and pantry with these grab-and-go items. With time, it becomes a routine.

Eating healthy isn't hard; it's just about developing good habits.

And healthy snacks is a great way to start.

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