It can be hard to eat healthy when life gets busy. You may be running back and forth to class or work, and if you have to do any errands on the way home it can be hard to resist temptation which is why we’ve come up with a list of tasty, easy and healthy snacks to eat on the go!
High in protein and fibre, edamame is a great snack to eat on the go that will leave you feeling full between meals. We buy the pre-shelled frozen packages of these tasty soybeans that contain about 150 calories per serving, along with 12g of protein and 4g of fibre. We also love how fast and convenient they are to cook: just put them in a microwave-safe measuring cup with salt and hot water, and microwave for 3-4 minutes. Drain and add any other spices you like–we usually give them a sprinkle of Tex Mex seasoning!
Almonds and Nuts
Nuts such as almonds, cashews or peanuts are contain good fats and are easily eaten on the go. Pack some in a Ziploc bag and throw them in your purse. They provide healthy fats, tons of protein (9g per serving) and fibre. Go for 15-20 whole, raw almonds with no salt, avoiding the roasted ones you find in the candy aisle of the grocery store. You can even add dried fruit like apricots for extra fibre and a bit of sweetness!
Natural Protein Bar
Natural protein bars are an easy carry-on snack. Make sure you read the label before buying; a good note is that you want to aim for a bar with 10 to 15 grams of protein with a least 5 grams of fiber and less than 15 grams of sugar. Questbar has 20 grams of protein, is gluten free and does not have sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Greek Yogurt and granola
This is one of our favourite snacks, especially in the morning. We use Not Yer Granny’s Granola which comes in three different flavours; their maple granola is by far our favourite flavour! Greek yogurt is better to use than traditional because it contains more protein (16g per serving) and, depending on the brand and flavour you choose, less sugar. We buy either Oikos or the PC brand, and we top our Greek yogurt with just a bit of granola and some berries for a wholesome snack.
We love protein smoothies for a burst of on the go sweetness. Add protein powder–we love Ultimate Nutrition’s IsoWhey Protein powder in Vanilla flavour–it is a whey protein that is low in sugar and has 30g of protein per serving for only 130 calories! We mix our smoothies with a variety of nutrients, including at least one green vegetable, a banana for potassium and natural sweetness, and then some frozen berries for a pop of flavour and anti-oxidants. We highly recommend getting a Magic Bullet for fast nutrition on the go!
Apple & Peanut Butter
Even though one of our favourite childhood snacks is a somewhat higher calorie snack, it is great for your energy levels. Just make sure you choose natural peanut butter over regular to avoid high levels of sugar and processed fats. Peanuts are a good source of natural, healthy fats which ultimately helps your body burn fat and build muscle. A single serving of natural peanut butter contains 7 to 9 grams of protein and 1 gram of fibre, and an apple contains a little more than 3 grams of fiber. It’s a great and yummy snack while on the go!
Chickpeas offer 7 grams each of protein and fiber per quarter cup serving. It’s super easy to make; just put dried off canned chickpeas in a bowl with olive oil and your choice of spices; we love to use cumin, salt, pepper and chilli powder, then bake them in the oven preheated to 425 degrees for 45 minutes!
Kale chips are one of our favourite snacks and can be really addicting! Chop your kale into 1 inch size pieces and put into a large bowl. Massage kale leaves with olive oil and sea salt, and place on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake in the oven at 300 degrees for 10-15 minutes, watching closely. You might have to turn the pan around half way through to ensure an even bake. Though kale chips aren’t the greatest for filling you up, they are amazing when it comes to fulfilling your chip craving!
Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard boiled eggs are super easy to make and are high in protein with 6 grams per egg. Make sure to peel them before you leave the house so you can eat them on the go!
What are some of your favourite healthy snacks to eat on the go snack?