These make snacking healthy!
Skinny Ms. brings you our favorite Top 10 Healthy On-the-Go Snacks from fruit and nut bars to refreshing beverages. First of all, you don’t have to buy all of your snacks and drinks for your lunch or a road trip. When you have some down time at home, it’s a great opportunity to whip up a smoothie to store in the freezer or bake a couple batches of fruit and nut bars to toss into baggies to have on hand right before heading out.
1. One great homemade fruit and nut bar recipe we found by Pixie Crust is awesome and is healthy for you, too. Here’s the delicious recipe:
Recipe Type: Snack
- ½ cup flax seed meal (Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1 cup quick cook oats (Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup chopped pistachios (roasted, unsalted)
- Pinch of salt
- 3 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1/2 cup water + approx. 1-2 tbsp
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- Place cherries in a mini-chopper or food processor and pulse until chopped.
- Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add water and knead or stir until mixture is pliable and forms a ball.
- Press mixture firmly and evenly into the prepared pan. Cut into squares with a sharp knife or pizza cutter before placing in the oven.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes.
2. KIND PLUS Gluten Free Cranberry & Almond Bars are wheat free, gluten free, and dairy free, which makes them safe for the whole family. KIND bar come in a variety of flavors such as Blueberry Pecan, Almond Walnut, Almond Cashew, and many more flavors. They are a great source of fiber and no trans fat or hydrogenated oils.
3. Larabar Fruit & Nut Bars are a gluten free snack as well as equals a full serving of fruit! Larabar normally makes gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan, and uses all whole foods, depending on which bar you choose. It’s great a great snack no matter what your in the mood for.
4. HomeMade Fresh Fruit Coolers are a great way to get your daily fruit serving while making an ice cold drink quickly. Don’t fall for those “healthy” fruit drinks at the neighborhood market that is packed full of sugar. Instead, make your own!
You will need:
- 1/2 cup of ice
- 3/4 cup of sugar-free sparkling water
- 1/3 cup of melon or berries
- Chopped mint leaves or citrus slices (optional)
Place ice, sparkling water, and fruit in a blender. Blend until slushy, pour into a glass and garnish with mint or citrus slices. Serves 1 with only 18 calories per serving.
5. Infused Water (Spa Water) is a wonderful alternative to plain bottled water and so simple, you don’t have to visit the salon or spa to get one. Just choose from the following and mix into a glass of filtered water and voila! Try sliced citrus fruits or zest (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit), crushed fresh mint or other herbs, peeled, sliced fresh ginger or sliced cucumber.
6. Individual Organic Mozzarella String Cheese is great source of calcium and protein and is a snack the whole family can enjoy on the go. Try a low-fat or skim milk portion and toss it in your bag and you’re good to go.
7. Grapes (red preferrably) are perfect for quick on the go snack with no mess and no hassle. You can easily prepackage grapes into 100 calorie snack size ziplock baggies and whenever you’re at the park with the kids or heading to the little one’s soccer practice, they are sure to hit the spot. Red grapes are a low glycemic snack and 1 cup offers about 30% of your daily recommended vitamin C.
8. Home Made Lemon Cranberry Muffins are great warm from the oven as you head out to start the day or they keep beautifully for a few days so the kids can grab one on the way out to school. Choose your favorite flavor and make a batch this afternoon. If you don’t have time to make your own, try Breads from Anna, Gluten Free Cranberry Muffin Mix, which is corn, dairy, gluten, rice, and nut free.
9. Skinny Ms. Strawberry Banana Smoothie is great to whip up first thing in the morning or the night before to serve the kids and yourself on the way to school or morning errands. It’s packed full of nutrients and energy to get you going. And with around 122 calories, how could you we say no?
10. Sliced RAW Bell Peppers, you can try green, red, and yellow mixed together for a healthy, delicious snack and just one cup gives you 200% of your daily vitamin C along with almost 60% of your daily vitamin A allowance. If you don’t care much for bell peppers, try dipping them in a fat free or low fat dressing or mixing them with some other crunchy vegetables. Prepackaged ziplock bags of bell peppers should keep in the refrigerator for at least a few days.
So, now you see snacking on the go doesn’t have to be unhealthy and you don’t have to buy sugary, processed foods or drinks to have around the house when you’re in a hurry. Just whip a few things from our list and the next time your rushing the kids out the door for karate or dance practice, you will already be prepared!