Having healthy snacks on hand is critical for keeping your body satisfied and your hunger at bay. We all know how easy it is to dash into the nearest convenience store for a bag of chips or a candy bar when the hunger hits and we aren’t prepared.
That’s why we’ve gathered this list with some of our favorite, shelf-stable, travel-friendly snacks that you can keep in your bag—so that, when your stomach starts to growl, you’ll have healthy snack options on hand to stifle the grumble and keep you satisfied until your next meal.
We love the bang chickpeas offer for their buck! When roasted correctly, chickpeas are like textural nirvana—crispy and crunchy on the outside and smooth and creamy within. And, with 8 grams of protein packed into a 1/3 cup serving, you can be sure they have the fuel necessary to keep you satisfied.
You can find pre-roasted bags of seasoned chickpeas (we love all of the flavors offered by Saffron Road!) but they are also ridiculously easy to make at home. Try this recipe from Love & Lemons and feel free to switch up the seasonings according to your taste preference.
Hummus Snack Pack with Veggies or Crackers
Speaking of chickpeas, enjoying them as a creamy dip is another delicious snack option. And munching while on the go is made even easier now that this satisfying dip is available in portable snack packs (We love these hummus snack packs from Sabra which include pretzels for dipping). Simply pop one into your bag along with a few carrot and celery sticks, sliced bell pepper, or your favorite whole-grain crackers for a snack that will ease your cravings thanks to a much-needed shot of protein.
If you are a volume eater (meaning you like big snacks that are sure to fill you up), popcorn is the snack of your dreams. It’s low in calories, high in fiber, and guaranteed to leave you feeling full. And if you want to make that full feeling last, spray your popcorn with olive oil spray then sprinkle with a couple of tablespoons of nutritional yeast before packing it in your container. You’ll add a whopping 8 grams of protein to your snack.
Peanut or Almond Butter Packets
Peanut butter was made for snacking, but it hasn’t always been the most convenient to transport…until now. We love the pre-packaged packets of nut butters made by the folks at Justin’s. They offer both peanut and almond butters in a variety of flavors that are perfect for drizzling over celery sticks, apple slices…or directly into the mouth. Each packet provides two tablespoons of nut butter and around 5 grams of protein.
If you want to pack a snack that is guaranteed to hold you over until your next meal, you won’t find a better option than dry-roasted edamame. This is a protein powerhouse, with a mind-boggling 14 grams of protein in a 1/3 cup serving.
We love this brand from Seapoint Farms…and can we talk about their wasabi flavor for a minute? Crunchy, spicy, and unbelievably addictive!
Eating on the go doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health or the quality of the snacks you consume. By thinking ahead and packing healthy, protein-packed snacks, you can ensure you tummy stays happy and filled with nutrient-dense snacks while you are out and about.
Eat well, be well, friends. That’s what it’s all about.
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