Does summer’s pending departure have you refusing to accept it’s time to settle back into a structured routine? For parents, this means schlepping kids from Point A to Point B while simultaneously trying to squeeze in everything needing to get done, like eating, on the go. For others, this means enduring downtime at airports when traveling for work or long days at the office that leave no time to eat. When hunger pangs strike, it’s easy to pull through those golden arches or grab a bag of chips from the vending machine. But eating on the go isn’t mutually exclusive from eating healthy on the go.
Here are 5 tasty and healthy “go to” snacks when hunger strikes. Each is packed with protein so you’ll feel fuller, longer. Best part – these can be quickly prepared ahead of time or grabbed on your way out the door!
JIFFY TO GO + APPLE SLICES ||
Whoever came up with this idea at Jiffy is no stranger to adulting. These little cups of peanut butter heaven just made snacking on the go literally effortless! The hardest part (barely) will be slicing the apple. After that, just tear off the lid and dunk whatchya like. Snacks on the go have never been so easy!
Blueberries. Blackberries. Raspberries. Strawberries. Everywhere there’s berries! Grab a cupped handful of these in between meetings or hand them off to your kids after school. Don’t forget to pair with some protein like cubed, string or sliced cheese. If you’re in the mood for something crunchy, combine with walnuts, cashews, pistachios, or almonds.
Grab your favorite lunch meat (we love Heinen’s Two Brothers Sliced Turkey or Chicken Breast) and roll it up with a slice of cheese! Make it gourmet by adding pickles, chopped veggies, mustard or hummus. These little treats can be rolled in advance, poked with a toothpick and stored in sandwich bags for future use (don’t add a dressing until you’re ready to eat).
ANTS ON A LOG ||
Slice celery, fill the inside groove with peanut butter and top off with raisins. If you meal prep and the celery is already cut, preparing this delicious and filling snack will barely take any time. If peanut butter ain’t your thing, substitute with cream cheese instead – yummy!
SELF CONTAINED FRUIT ||
Simple and sweet! If you and your kids need a super quick fix as you’re walking out the door or driving to work, grab some fruit! By self-contained, we’re talking anything that doesn’t need to be cut. Think oranges, apples, bananas, pears, peaches…you get the idea. These are better options over anything sitting on a pantry shelf and just as easy to grab and go. Did we mention they’re wholesome (no additivities) and make for a great pick me up (carbs give you energy) before giving an important presentation, sitting through a meeting or sending your children off to soccer practice?
When it comes to packing lunches, do you find yourself playing the “everything but the kitchen sink” game in the mornings; scrambling to construct a moderately healthy yet appealing lunch for the ones you love? Or, are your lunches the pillar of health and come Monday morning, everything’s been washed, chopped, prepared, packaged with love and sealed with sticky notes for the next 5 days.
Regardless of where you tend to fall on this spectrum, packing lunches doesn’t have to be stressful.
Check out this blog on the 7 things you can immediately start doing to save your time and sanity!