Eating healthy on the go can be a monumental task in and of itself. I’m sure that during your commute to work, you don’t see too many salad drive-thrus or fast food smoothie bowl places… They don’t exist! (Believe me, I’ve been searching.) On top of that, the vending machines we pass are always filled with chips and candies and, unfortunately, even the ones that are marked “healthy” or “low-fat” are still filled with sugars, lots of sodium, and not too many nutrients…
Rather than looking to drive-thrus and vending machines to curb your appetite, try out some of the quick and easy healthy snack ideas below to stay fueled and focused during the workday!
1. DIY Trail Mix (Customizable!)
Ingredients (makes about 5 cups)
- 1 ½ cup raw nuts: i.e. almonds, cashews, pecans, etc.
- 1 cup cup seeds: i.e. pumpkin, sunflower, etc.
- 1 cup unsweetened dried fruit: i.e. cranberries, raisins, apricots, etc.
- ½ cup of dark chocolate bits, 1 cup popcorn, or 1 cup pretzels
2. Rice Cakes and Nut Butter
Now this may sound like a bore to some, and trust me I used to be the same way! Rice cakes seem like the epitome of lame healthy food… Buuuuut with a healthy coating of almond butter and a few chopped up strawberries this snack goes from zero to hero!
3. Apples and Almond Butter
This is a snack that truly stands the test of time. As a kid, I remember eating apples and peanut butter all the time and here I am today, still doing the same! The only difference is, I’ve swapped out the PB for almond butter. This is optional, but I do recommend that if you’re getting peanut butter to be sure to find an all natural brand with no sugar added!
4. Avocado Drizzled with Sriracha and Sea Salt
Avocado is just one of those amazing foods that not only tastes delicious but is also really good for you! Avocados are loaded with healthy fats and they actually contain more potassium than bananas! Now, I unfortunately can’t speak to the same degree on Sriracha; but, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! When it comes to the deliciously spicy condiment, just remember, moderation is key!
5. Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups
This snack is perfect if you’re trying to increase your protein intake, and it’s delicious! I just take a piece of turkey and, depending on my mood, either sharp cheddar or provolone cheese and roll them together! Optional: I’m a huuuge condiments person and I love to put some sort of sauce, dressing, or spread on literally everything I eat, so I like to add a bit of mustard to my roll ups for a little added flavor (with 0 added calories!)
6. Homemade Energy Bites
Ingredients (number of balls varies based on size)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup nut butter: i.e. almond, peanut, etc.
- 2 tbsp. ground flax seeds
- ¼ cup honey OR 3-4 ground up dates to add sweetness
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
Once all of the ingredients are combined and formed into balls, just pop them in the fridge overnight and they’re ready for a great snack to have throughout the week!
7. Veggie Crisps
These are one of the easiest things to make and they’re the perfect replacement for chips! Just thinly slice veggies of your choice, such as carrots, potatoes, beets, or zucchini and lightly brush them with avocado or olive oil. Once that’s done, pop them in the oven at 225 degrees for about 2 hours or until they reach desired crispiness. So yummy!
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful and that you’re able to integrate some of these recipes into your weekly routine. If you make them, share your creations with us on Instagram and Twitter, be sure to tag @6am_health !