Not all processed snacks are evil. If you pay close attention to the ingredients on the box you’ll find that these on-the-go grabs are pretty nutritionally sound and can fuel your body in a pinch.
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Whether you're a daily commuter, going on a road trip, or taking on a major trek, you know you're going to suffer some bouts of frustration and hunger.
And while you sit there, irritated as all hell and wishing you pee'd before you left, you might need a little something in your stomach to help you through this brief but dark time. Here are 13 somewhat healthy snacks perfect for just that. They satisfy your cravings without derailing your healthy eating regimen.
Many protein or meal bars contain added sugars and unnecessary, unhealthy ingredients. KIND stands out in the world of pre-packaged bars because they contain only whole, natural ingredients—all of which you can pronounce. All bars offer up some combination of nuts, dried fruit, and natural sweeteners. Opt for one from their low-sugar line, like Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt, which contains only 5g of sugar, plus 7g of fiber, and 6g of protein per bar.
You know the importance of protein in a healthy diet, which is why you reach for things like protein shakes when you need some fuel. Each Portable Protein Pack from Oscar Mayer offers three different sources of protein—meat, cheese, and nuts. One pack contains a hearty 13g (or more) of protein for fewer than 200 calories. They’re a great option when your usual routine starts to feel a bit bland.
It seems that meals on the run are even more doomed than snacks on the go. Most of the time you might feel like fast food is your only option, but with a little preparation, you can stock your fridge with good-for-you meals that you can carry out the door. PJs Organics Southwestern-Style Chicken Burrito is not only organic and GMO-free, but it also contains 17g of protein.
Described as an “aristocrat among plebeians,” this beef jerky is top-of-the-line stuff. Filet mignon on the go? Yes, please! Three Jerks Jerky is made with natural ingredients and without nitrates, nitrites, or preservatives, making it a cleaner snack option. A 1-ounce serving provides your body with 12g of muscle-building protein for only 100 calories.
Chips are hardly ever a good choice when it comes to snacking because they're almost always nutritionally void. These chips, however, have one major benefit—protein. One serving provides 7g. They’re also non-GMO, naturally gluten-free, and contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
While veggies and hummus would be the most ideal combo, these little snack packs are a great substitute when you’re limited in terms of time and resources. One serving pack has 10g of protein and 8g of dietary fiber. The roasted garlic option is especially good.
They may not look like much, but mini Babybel cheeses pack a big flavor (and nutrition) punch. One piece has the same amount of protein as an egg but only sets you back 50 calories. Throw two in your bag for a quick snack to help silence hunger pangs.
Greek yogurt has become a staple in the fit man’s diet. It’s loaded with protein—an astounding 18g per serving—and is also a good source of calcium. Try to stay away from the flavored varieties, as those come with unnecessary sugar. Instead, enjoy the plain version with a banana or your favorite portable fruit, if you need a flavor boost.
Keep a bag of these pumpkin seeds close by at all times. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are a great source of potassium, iron, and zinc. They’re also high in dietary fiber and contain 10g of protein per quarter-cup serving. Oh, and they’re pretty darn tasty, too. However, make sure to stick to a single serving since they are high in calories.
At first glance you may not know what kefir is, but it’s worth looking into because this drink is a probiotic powerhouse. Essentially, kefir is a creamy, yogurt-like smoothie. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Lifeway’s 8-ounce bottles are the perfect thing to grab when you’re running out the door. They deliver 11g of protein per serving and pack 12 live and active cultures that promote digestive health and immunity. They’re also 99% lactose-free making them easy on your system.
You scoop it into your smoothies and spread it on whole-grain toast—why not just eat it straight up? These handy 1.15-ounce single-serving packs are perfect for squeezing into your mouth anywhere, anytime. With heart-healthy fats and 7g of protein per serving, these snack packs can keep you on track with your healthy diet.
Yes, you can eat waffles! Two of Van’s Power Grains Waffles have 10g of protein and are full of awesome, healthy grains like steel cut oats, millet, and brown rice—which are slow-digesting carbs, which will fill you up and keep you fuller longer. If you’ve got no time for breakfast, or just want a feel-good snack, pop these suckers in the toaster and take them with you on the move.
If you’re running around all day, chances are your energy stores are running low. There’s nothing like a bowl of superfoods to keep your body and mind moving efficiently. Vigilant Eats Cereals, like the Goji Cacao, are stuffed with superfoods like goji berries, cacao nibs, and yacon powder, plus they have a hearty oat base. All you need to do is add water, and you’re good to go. Simple enough, right?