These simple healthy snacks are easy to pack up when you’re on the go. There’s nothing like having a healthy snack handy when you’re hungry and busy.
I really like to put together snacks and meals that are simple, easy and tasty. That’s a theme of mine, keeping things simple because life is already so busy.
Before I started working from home as a writer, I held plenty of office jobs. The last job I had right before I started my writing career was as an admissions representative for an online college.
I worked from 8-5 and had a cubicle I would sit at all day. Many times work got so busy that our 8 hour days would turn into 10 or 12. I found myself going in before the sun came up and leaving work when it was already down.
When life gets busy like this I think it can be even harder to choose healthy options because our mind just wants to go for what’s convenient.
What I would do for work was pack lunch as well as 2 snacks everyday. I would have one snack before lunch and the other a couple hours after lunch.
This really helped me to stay full, and also ensured that I was eating healthy.
It’s so easy to stop and grab some fries on the way home from work because your starving, or buy chips that are just around the corner from your desk at the vending machine.
Um yes these are real examples of my decision making when I’m hungry and don’t bring snacks haha.
The same goes for a busy weekend running around doing errands, fighting traffic and crowds at the grocery store.
It never works out for me when I tell myself oh these errands won’t take me long. Sure enough a couple hours go by and I’m so hungry!
Also, whenever I look up snack ideas on Pinterest all these decadent ideas pop up like muffins, coconut date balls, or fruit and veggie platters. All those things sound amazing and I would love to cut little fruit shapes when I have time. But for the most part it just ain’t gona happen.
When you get off work and have to make it home through rush hour, you barely want to make dinner, let alone a whole tray of cute snacks.
Same for running errands, I’m usually exhausted when I get home from a Saturday grocery haul and I want to be able to munch on something quick and easy.
So, I thought I would share with you 6 simple snacks. These are the main snacks I go for, plus I like to have a variety. I get bored if I eat the same thing everyday.
Anywho on to the snacks!
1. Oranges With Salt
Oh yummy! I love this snack especially in the summer.
They’re a nice way to hydrate and replenish electrolytes, which are minerals in our body that help to keep things balanced. We can easily lose electrolytes when sweating in the hot summer sun.
All I do is cut up an orange or 2 and sprinkle some salt.
Many of the table salts found at restaurants or in processed food are stripped of necessary and important nutrients.
Sea salt and Himalayan are considered the healthier options.
We used to use Himalayan salt, but it didn’t work for us. We found ourselves having to use a lot of it because it does have a lighter taste.
Now we use Sea salt and we are much happier with it. It’s a bit on the pricey side but I think it’s worth the health benefits. We buy ours from sprouts, this is the place where it seems to be the cheapest. The brand we use is also sold on Amazon and you can check it out here if you’d like.
2. Apples With Peanut Butter
Aw this snack always takes me back to my preschool days. They would give us apples or celery with peanut butter.
I’m not really a fan of celery but I do love apples.
I’ll just cut up an apple and bring my peanut butter along in a separate glass container.
This snack is helpful for me especially when I’m craving something sweet. It’s definitely more nutritious than a little cupcake from the vending machine, or a doughnut from the grocery store.
Yes, even if the doughnut is vegan, this is still the better option hehe.
Oh and don’t forget to have some water handy with this snack. It’s a little rough having peanut butter stuck on the rook of your mouth.
This snack can be a little tricky for a couple reasons 1) because some people are allergic to nuts and 2) it can be hard to know what is the healthier option to buy.
However, nuts are a great source of nutrients and different ones offer different benefits. They are also a great source of fat so they can help keep you full throughout the day.
At work, I would usually eat these after lunch because that stretch of time before you clock out can seem like forever, plus you’ve still gota make it home and cook dinner.
So, if you aren’t allergic to nuts I would definitely recommend trying them out as a snack.
My 2 favorite types of nuts are cashews and walnuts, almonds are pretty good too.
The best type of nuts to buy from the store are going to be the ones in their rawest form, so unshelled and unsalted are the best.
I do buy trail mix from time to time, but lately I’ve just been buying the raw nuts and mixing them together when I’m ready to pack them for a busy day.
I’ll toss them in my snack bag and they’re ready to go!
This is also a great way of saving money because there are so many things you can do with raw nuts for dinner meals. There are so many dressings and sauces you can make with raw cashews. And of course there’s the homemade nut milk if you’re feeling adventurous.
So instead of buying a separate bag of trail mix and another bag of raw cashews, I just buy the raw ones and make my own mix.
4. Watermelon With Chili Powder
Now this spicy snack is a fun way to change things up a bit.
I am Mexican and there is a seasoning that many Mexicans love to put on their fruit and it’s called Tajin. This stuff tastes amazing with a little bit of spice and lime juice flavor but it does have the additive silicon dioxide.
I’m trying to avoid these types of additives in my food and here’s an article explaining what this is if you’d like to learn more.
So, until I can get my hands on some dehydrated lime juice to make my own Tajin seasoning, chili powder is a great option.
I simply cut my watermelon into bite size pieces and sprinkle on the chili. Mmm yummy, makes my mouth water just thinking about it haha.
The chili powder also tastes good with mangos!
5. Cucumber & Carrots
Now for a veggie option my go-to snacks are cucumbers and carrots.
I like to just cut them into “sticks” and pack them to go.
These can be nice and refreshing on a hot summer day too.
I mostly eat these while running errands or once I get home. I’ll pre-cut them the night before so I won’t have to worry about it if I have to rush off somewhere.
I also like these because I can eat them in the car and don’t have to worry about any juices spilling anywhere like with fruit.
If you’re a dipper haha and like to have something to dip your veggies into, The Genius Kitchen has this super easy recipe for a vegan ranch dressing.
This stuff is my favorite and I even use it for some of our dinner meals.
6. Simple Salad
So the last snack option on the list is a simple salad.
There are so many great options for salads these days, but sometimes I like to bring it back to the original, you know with lettuce, cucumber, carrots and tomatoes.
It doesn’t have to be big or grand but just simple and with your favorite veggies in it.
I do usually put tomatoes in all my salads but in the photo above I actually cut up a red bell pepper. Seems I forgot to buy tomatoes at the store, but that’s ok because this simple salad is a great way of using up veggies that might be going bad soon, or ones you only used half of during the week.
I had half the bell pepper leftover so I decided to toss it in my salad.
You can put some dressing like the ranch I just mentioned, or what I’ll do if I’m in a big hurry, I’ll just squeeze some fresh lemon juice on top and call it a day.
I don’t always like my salad all drizzled in dressings, it’s nice to be able to taste the freshness from each vegetable.
Another option is drizzling some apple cider vinegar over your salad. I recently read an article from Dr. Axe that suggests this as a great way of helping to kick your sugar cravings too.
Simple & Healthy
So there ya have it a few great snack options that are so simple and perfect for when you’re on the go.
We may not always be able to be prepared when it comes to snacking when we’re busy, but this sure can help. Not to mention we can beat that sugar crash that can come mid-afternoon.
Let me know if you decide to try any of these snacks out in the comments below, or if you already enjoy some of them.
To healthier snack options that keep us energized for those busy days!