Healthy Snacks to Grab on the Fly

by in Healthy Tips, March 12, 2012

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With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there’s often very little time to plan for meals and snacks, let alone cook. So what do you do when your stomach grumbles when you’re on-the-run? If you’re super hungry, maybe you grab those month-old candies at the bottom of your purse or the candy bar sitting around since Halloween. It truly doesn’t have to be this way. With a little advanced planning and some creative HealthyEats ideas, you can grab nutritious and delicious snacks even on your busiest days.

Homemade

Store-Bought

  • String cheese and whole grain crackers
  • Breakfast bars
  • Snack bars
  • Drinkable Greek yogurt
  • Fresh fruit like apples, bananas, oranges, pears and grapes
  • Small veggies like baby carrots, mini cukes, snap peas, or slice up  your favorite vegetables in advance and bag them individually
  • Unsalted pretzels
  • Hummus bowls
  • Almonds packed in perfectly portioned snack tins

Think Ahead
Whether you choose a homemade or store-bought snack, you need to make sure they’re close when hunger strikes. Stock up on ingredients so they’re readily available to grab-and-go. Wash fruits and store in a bowl on the countertop. Store yogurts in the fridge with a stack of disposable spoons. Stash granola, breakfast bars or individually packaged granola or trail mixtures in your desk, purse, or backpack—just be mindful of expiration dates. If you’re making muffins from scratch, make a double batch, wrap individually, and store in the freezer.

TELL US: Which healthy snacks do you grab on the fly?

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Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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  4. Helathy snacks are not that difficult to find at al, they are on sale in all the supermarkets, just more often when we think about the snacks junk ffood comes to our mind first and we go to buy some hambuergers or chips instead of some healthy food!

  5. @Snack_Girl_ says:

    Great post! My favorite website for healthy snack ideas is http://www.snack-girl.com/

  6. Magda says:

    So it's true that snacks can be healthy. Thanks for creating a healthy choice to eating good tasting food!

  7. swisstraveler says:

    Great post – there is an alton brown recipe for a granola bar that easy to make and bring along on a hike or to work as a snack. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/gr

  8. our2kids says:

    Thanks for the post, but I have to comment on the hummus bowls. How is that a healthy snack? Those little bowls have 250 calories each, and 200 of those calories are from fat! Not to mention the whopping 22 grams of fat per bowl! That's almost half of the fat a woman should have in an entire day. I love hummus, and the roasted red pepper one sounds delicious, but there's no way I could eat that stuff without gaining 50 lbs. I'm sure they paid to have their product listed here, but it's very misleading to anyone looking for a healthy snack.

    • tobyamidor says:

      Hi our2kids,
      Thanks for your comments. You are right that it does have about 250 calories in the snack, but much of the fat comes from healthy unsaturated fats. The fat takes time to digest, which means that you will feel full for a longer period of time.
      If you are trying to lose weight or are concerned about the calories, then have half and save the rest for another time or share it with a friend (oftentimes I will share it with my husband and pack some extra cut up veggies too).
      -Toby

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