Many of us struggle with trying to eat healthy while on the go. We are running to work, kid’s events, don’t have time for a lunch break, etc. Whatever the reason, here is a list of quick, portable, healthy options to keep you on track even when you are on the run!
Snack & Meal ideas:
- Hard-boiled eggs: This one is nice and easy because you can cook up an entire batch on the weekend and enjoy all week long.
- Ants on a Log: Slice celery sticks, cover with peanut butter and sprinkle raisins on top.
- Peanut Butter, Apple, and Raisin Sandwich: Core and apple and slice into round slices, about 1/2 inch thick. Cover a slice with peanut butter and sprinkle raisins on top. Top with another slice of apple to complete the sandwich. Wrap in Saran wrap to take with you.
- Trail Mix: I highly recommend making your own trail mix, as most of the ones you will find in the store are actually not that great for you (high in salt, fat, etc.) Choose your ingredients carefully, and beware of extra sugar! Dried fruit, chocolate chips, and other ingredients all add sugar and sometimes fat. I like to start with a main base of something healthy like plain Cheerio-Os or air-popped popcorn (lightly salted), throw in some almonds or pistachios (they are higher in protein than other nuts), and build from there. Some ingredient suggestions: raisins, dried cherries, dried blueberries, roasted pumpkin seeds, pretzels, figs, apricots, whole wheat crackers, and dark chocolate chips (use sparingly!!)
- Peanut Butter, Apple, and Granola Wrap: Take a tortilla, cover with peanut butter, sprinkle in chopped apples and granola. Roll up in Saran wrap to take with you.
- KIND granola bars: I love these granola bars! My favorite is a Chocolate Chunk with only 150 calories. Normally, I advise staying away from granola bars because of their high fat and sugar contents, but KIND does granola bars right. Using a base of healthy nuts, these make a great snack!
- Cottage Cheese & Fruit: This is another easy one, because you can portion out the cottage cheese into 1/2 cup portions in Tupperware containers at the beginning of the week. Also portion out your fruit (strawberries, blueberries, etc) in 1/2 cup portions at the same time. Then just grab a container of cottage cheese and a container of fruit and go!
- Deli Wrap: Take a tortilla, fill with low sodium turkey, a sprinkle of cheese, lettuce, tomato, celery, or any other veggies you want. Wrap in Saran wrap, and head out the door!
- Shakes & Smoothies: There are so many varieties to list here, but my favorite is 1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology (or any chocolate flavored protein powder), 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 tablespoons of PB2, and a banana.
- Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies: Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please!
- Ranch Dippers: Make this awesome healthy ranch dip. Then, fill the bottom of a travel mug with the ranch dip. Put long slices of carrots, celery, cucumber, snow peas, or any other veggies you like lengthwise in the mug, so they are sticking into the ranch dip. Put the lid on the travel mug and go! The travel mug will help keep the ranch cold while you are on the go, and it’s super easy to eat while in the car.
- Fruit Skewers: Take fruit (grapes, strawberries, pineapple) and layer on skewers. Wrap the skewers in Saran wrap, grab and go!
- Meat & Cheese Skewers: Take diced turkey and cheese and arrange on skewers. Wrap the skewers in Saran wrap, grab and go!
- Overnight Oats: I’m a huge fan of these, because they are ready in your fridge in the morning, and you can just head out the door. Plus they are a hearty meal that really fills you up. I absolutely cannot pick just one recipe, so here are 19 recipes for overnight oats!
- Egg White Breakfast Burritos: I make these ahead of time and freeze them, so I can just grab them in the morning and head out the door. I microwave them at work, but if you don’t have a microwave available, they can still be eaten cold after they have thawed. They aren’t as good of course, but still edible!
- Whole Grain English Muffin Sandwich: This one you can make ahead and freeze too, so you can just pull it out in the morning and head to work. Fry up some turkey bacon on a frying pan or griddle. Using an egg ring, cook egg whites until done. Toast whole grain english muffins, and layer on the egg white, turkey bacon, and a slice of cheese. Wrap in Saran wrap and then in tinfoil and freeze. Grab and go in the morning! I microwave them at work, but if you don’t have a microwave available, these can also be eaten cold after they have thawed.