So, like me, I’m sure you have the best of intentions when it comes to food. You think about all of the nice, healthy foods that you should be eating and think something along the lines of “Tomorrow, I’ll start eating healthy,” while munching on a chocolate chip cookie.
It’s okay! I’ve totally been there – way too many times. And for me, “tomorrow” rarely arrives.
But eating healthy is HARD! I mean, come on! We all live busy lives, right? I have so many things I have to do that making the time to create a healthy snack is a pretty low priority.
But it gets worse when I’m trying to get out the door fast, and I’m late because this often results in an unhealthy choice.
What we need is a list of things we know are good and we can take with us on the go, so I compiled this list of easy-to-grab, healthy snacks for the busy professional on the go.
1 – Edamame (Or Sugar Snap Peas)
Eda-what? That’s what I said the first time I heard about it. It appears to look just like a sugar snap pea, but it’s actually an immature soybean. I’ve never tasted it personally, but I know that you are NOT supposed to eat the outsides! Only the pods on the inside! The outsides are apparently really hard to chew, and it doesn’t really work for eating. This simple little snack is super easy to pop in the fridge and snag on your way out the door for a refreshing and healthy bite! Add some salt for extra flavor as well! If you decide you don’t like edamame, sugar snap peas work too. They are super tasty, crunchy, and not to mention, healthy!
2 – Hard Boiled Eggs
Now these require some prep work. On the weekend while you are doing laundry, boil some eggs for the week ahead. For perfect hard-boiled eggs, make sure you let them sit in the water until it’s cool before removing them from the pot. This allows them to cool down gradually instead of all at once. Only after the eggs have been cooled should you put them back into the fridge. And there you go! A quick, easy, and nutritious snack to grab as you head out the door.
3 – Nuts, Dried Fruit, and Dark Chocolate
Another name for this is “Home-made Trail Mix.” This is one of my personal favorites! I bring some of this with me pretty much all the time because it’s delicious, easy to transport, and does not require refrigeration. Plus, it’s way cheaper and healthier than the stuff you get at the store! Assembly is simple.
- Add 1 cup of any kind of dried fruits you desire into a gallon bag (I use raisins, but other options include dates, plums, apricots, mangos, etc.).
- Add 1 cup of nuts (again, any kind works! I like peanuts, but there are a lot of other types of nuts to choose from such as walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, etc.).
- Add 1 cup of dark chocolate chips! (Dark chocolate can actually be good for you, so make sure you use dark chocolate more often than milk chocolate!).
You can double this recipe, or cut it in half, to suit your needs.
4 – Air-Popped Popcorn
This is super easy. Find some plain (no butter!) air-popped popcorn from the store and keep it in your cupboard. While you’re getting ready to head out the door, stick it in the microwave and let it pop! When it’s done and you’re ready to go, dump it in a gallon bag and head out the door. You can also pop it ahead of time if that works better. Add some salt (or black pepper, or cinnamon, depending on what you’re feeling that day) for additional flavor!
5 – Smoothies
Now before you dismiss this last idea as silly and utterly contradictory to the title of this article, hear me out. Smoothies, like hard-boiled eggs, merely require a few steps of prep the night before! It’s easy!
- Add some frozen fruit to your blender (it can be any kind of fruit).
- Add some milk or Greek yogurt (again, any flavor of Greek yogurt will do!).
- To avoid adding sugar, add a tablespoon or two of honey, stevia, or maple syrup for sweetness.
- (Optional) Add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (or any kind of nut butter).
- Find some glass mason jars with screw on tops and pour your smoothie into the jars.
- Close the jars and refrigerate until ready to drink!
When you’re getting ready to go in the morning, just grab a smoothie, shake it up, and it’s ready to drink!
Bringing it Together
Well, there you have it! 5 snacks you can grab and eat on the go!
And now I am going to say something obvious that you probably already knew.
In order to be able to have these snacks on the go, you must have the ingredients. I know, right? Way too obvious. What I mean is, if you only have healthy things available to grab, then you will eat healthily! It’s that simple! Making these 5 snacks readily accessible will make getting out the door with a healthy snack that much easier.
Let me know which of these snacks you have already tried, and which ones you are looking forward to trying!