On-the-go foods that taste good and make you feel good can be hard to come by, especially if you don't know what to look for at the grocery store. And if (like us) you lead a busy lifestyle, you probably eat on the go every day. We're guessing you don't have time to prep snacks ahead of time either. Yep, neither do we. But one thing we have perfected is the art of snacking. It's important to keep your energy levels up, and they come in real handy when a meeting takes precedence over your lunch. Finding something nutrient-dense to hold you over until you have the time for a full meal can be challenging. After all, what you choose to snack on makes all the difference, energy wise.
Thus, we devised a handy list of snacks and healthy alternatives that will make busy days a little more pleasant and a lot healthier. Take a read through our on-the-go food options and get the full details on their corresponding health benefits, along with a few ideas on how to make them tastier. If anything, this will make your next trip to the grocery store more productive, with fewer aimless treks through the produce aisle.
Girl, Peas Get Your Greens
Snap peas and edamame are the best options to get your green eating on without much prep or effort. As mentioned in Livestrong, they're a great way to meet your vitamin K and vitamin C needs. If you prefer a crunchy consistency, go for snap peas. These are also a little easier than edamame if you're in a public setting because you can eat the entire pod, skin included. Plus they're super low-cal, so you can eat them by the handfuls guilt-free. On the other hand, edamame soy beans are an alternative source of protein if you're a vegetarian.
Pick Up (Sesame) Sticks and Happy Trails
If you want something on the hardier side, these two snacks are packed with flavor and are also super low-maintenance. While both options aren't as healthy as their fruit and veggie counterparts (thanks to higher sodium and carb contents), they're still a good option to hold you over. They're also better for snacking than super-processed chips or anything of that sort. Trail mix has plenty of wriggle room too in terms of ingredient combinations, so you can adjust your version according to health and flavor preferences.
Keep This Pear of Dried Fruit Handy
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but sometimes it can be messy and loud. That's when dried apples, pears, and peaches swoop in as a deliciously sweet and nutritional treat. Peaches and apricots offer the most value, according to Fitday. We're talking niacin, fiber, and calcium, so all the goodies that you should be getting but may not if you opt for fast food instead. Dried apples or pears are also great if you want something lower in calories.
Spread the Good Peanut Butter News
Speaking from experience, we know that peanut butter can be a very messy and sticky snack, making it less than perfect if you're on the go. But there are some ways around this. If you pack yourself some ants on a log (peanut butter spread onto a celery stick and topped with raisins), ahead of time, it's actually a no fuss food. And if you refuse to do any prep whatsoever, you can treat yourself to Justin's Almond Butter and pretzel snack. Since they're packed with sugar, pay attention to portion and don't overdo it.
Roast Your Garbonzos With a Grain of Salt
Perhaps the most underrated grain (often eaten in the form of hummus), garbanzo beans are the unsung hero of healthy snacks to eat on the go. They're super easy to make, and you can roast them in big batches to snack on throughout the entire week. Add in some spice for an extra kick and get even fancier depending on how much time you have to make them. This recipe from The Kitchn looks particularly mouthwatering.