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Summer is just around the corner, ladies! And with it comes all things outdoors, from park outings and trips to the zoo to ball games and family vacations; it’s amazing how quickly our calendars fill up. When you’re constantly on the go, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s most important — your family’s health and wellbeing. Making choices that are fast, easy and healthy can be tricky, but it’s key to keeping your family performing at optimal levels. Here are 9 easy on-the-go snack ideas for your busiest days.
Fresh fruit: Grabbing a piece of fruit before heading out the door takes only seconds. Pre-washed apples will provide you with antioxidants and fiber to help ward off hunger pangs until dinner. Easy-to-peel fruits like bananas and clementines also make for quick and easy portable healthy choices.
Veggies: Look for small packages of pre-washed vegetables such as baby carrots and radishes. You get the same amount of crunch as a bag of chips with zero fat and tons of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
String cheese: At just 80 calories and six to eight grams of protein per string cheese, this is a satisfying snack that will help you maintain portion control.
Justin’s Nut Butter Squeeze Packs: These all-natural single serving packets come in a variety of flavors and are made with real California almonds. They’re so convenient and durable, you can toss them in your purse without worry. Plus, they’re loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats and six grams of protein! Click here for more info.
LÄRABAR: “Simple. Pure. Delicious,” is their motto and it’s true! Nineteen different flavors are available and most bars are made entirely of nuts, unsweetened fruits, dates and spices. They are minimally processed and each flavor contains no more than nine ingredients, which makes it a super healthy choice for your entire family. Click here to see the LÄRABAR website.
GoGo squeeZ Applesauce: Just shy of a whole serving of fruit, these pouches are super easy and convenient snacks that are MESS free! They are 100 percent natural, gluten-free, wheat-free, with no added colors or flavors and NO added high fructose corn syrup. The package is even BPA free! Learn more here.
Almonds: These nuts are packed with vitamins and minerals along with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that are essential for heart health. It’s easy to overindulge, so make sure to portion out your servings using individual snack bags.
Popcorn: An easy make-ahead whole grain snack, air-popped popcorn makes a healthy alternative to other snack options. Simply pop with one teaspoon of coconut oil for a guilt-free snack.
>> Read more: 6 Healthy Popcorn Toppings
Trail mix: When you’re running low on snacks, simply throwing together a bowl of common pantry staples can excite your little ones. Nuts, seeds, popcorn, whole-grain cereals such as cheerios and unsweetened dried fruit all make for a healthy treat. For a little sweetness, throw in a few mini dark chocolate chips, carob chips or peanut butter chips. Try these 12 healthier trail mix ideas.
For more nutritious snack ideas, see 10 On-The-Go Snacks You Can Feel Good About.