Spring is a busy time. When you are running from here to there, it can be hard to fit in a nutritious meal. Having healthy snacks on hand while you’re on the go can save you from making a less than nourishing choice when you are desperately hungry. If you have kids around, it’s especially important to have a healthy snack at the ready so that you can expertly keep spirits high and hunger low.
Here are our four ‘go-to’ snacks for when you need a healthy option on the go. These snacks travel well and are quick to prepare.
Prepping batches of snacks ahead of time sets you up for success. Whether you’re running errands, hitting the sports fields, or just going back and forth to school, no one wants to have to worry about where to get the next bite to eat. Prepping ahead takes some planning, but will be worth the time when you can quickly fend off the hangries.
Get the kids involved! They will love making and eating these chocolate earth balls, a less fancy version of grown-up truffles. The best part? No baking required!
A good trail mix provides both good nutrition and flavor. While there are no hard and fast rules, the foundation is most always nuts and/or seeds that provide good quality plant protein and healthy fats. The addition of dried fruits such as raisins, dates and figs provides natural sugars for energy along with a wide range of nutrients. Building a terrific trail mix starts with choosing nuts and seeds, then adding some extras you personally favor… we love adding some dark chocolate for antioxidants (and deliciousness!).
In this recipe we include some unexpected popcorn which brings lightness, crunch and a healthy serving of whole grain goodness.
Having fresh fruit on hand is one of the simplest and most nutritious options for the car. Things like organic apples, grapes, berries, cherries and stone fruit like nectarines, peaches or plums are easy to eat with one hand on the wheel. In the winter I love to carry clementines because they stay fresh for so long and in warmer weather dried fruit is a good option because it doesn’t spoil if left in a hot car.
Cookies? Yes… just make them healthy! Cookies can be a nutritious choice if you make them with the right ingredients. Choose whole grain flours and sweeten them with dried fruit instead of simple sugar. This 5 ingredient cookie recipe is packed with nutritious ingredients and fast to prepare.