Healthy snacks and convenience foods. Do they even exist?
The answer is YES!
Why do you need them? Because everyone needs a snack sometimes. H-anger is real. Our blood sugar drops and then we get MAD….. *sorry Tommy* lol
When you’re stuck at the office working on a project or in stop and go traffic in a state of starvation, you’ll need to have a snack stash somewhere.
It’s taken me quite awhile to find some good, healthy snacks that are nutritious and not all chemical [email protected]# storms. All 5 of these snacks are super healthy, don’t require hardly any work (if any), and taste amazing.
1. Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips
I know these won’t be for everyone. But hear me out.
This brand of kale chips is bomb. They have a bunch of different flavors, like Zesty Nacho, Kool Ranch, and Mango Habanero. These are a great substitute for regular chips, and have the same type of crunch. They come in small-ish bags, and would be great to store in your car or at work for a quick and satisfying snack when you need one.
They’re also not complete chemical [email protected]# storms like regular chips, and use natural ingredients and flavors.
Plus the fiber….don’t get me started on all that fiber. Mmmmm……um okay, moving on.
If you can’t decide what flavor to get, grab a 4 flavor variety pack here!
You can also buy these at Natural Grocers, New Seasons, or Whole Foods. Although, the first time I found these, I was at Grocery Outlet. So yeah, bargain shopping.
When Tommy and I went on Whole30 for a hot minute, we bought these. They’re pretty minimalistic as far as ingredients go, and made with whole foods. They all contain 9 or less ingredients, and you can actually read the ingredient list without being confused. They’re super filling too, which is something that I struggle to find in snack and protein bars. Larabars come in all kinds of delicious & different flavors (Coconut Cream Pie, Peanut Butter Cookie, Cinnamon Roll, Apple Pie, etc) and are so easy to stash places for emergency hunger. You know the hunger I’m talking about. The hangry type.
You can buy also these at most grocery stores, I’ve seen them almost everywhere.
*Side note* Whole30 was kind of ridiculous and Tommy and I both felt worse at the end of it than we did when we started. The way I eat now (the same way I promote on this blog) is what has me feeling my best. Whole grains, lean protein, and plenty of veggies for me all the way.
3. Homemade Trail Mix
This one actually might be cheaper than buying it already made. But it’s just as easy.
Whenever I make my own trail mix, I just go to the bulk section of Winco or Fred Meyer, and buy it all by the pound. I personally don’t like the chocolate, raisins, or the peanuts in regular trail mix (lol so basically all of it). So I get cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and dried blueberries.
Mix it all up and voila! I have my own personal trail mix to stash away for future hangry Megan to find later.
A good guideline to follow is to to put in a combination of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Obviously you can put in chocolate or something sweet if you want, it’s your trail mix! Just try to limit it, and not make it a bag of chocolate with the occasional nut.
Other possible ingredients: dried bananas, raisins, peanuts, chocolate covered sunflower seeds, dried mango, coconut flakes, dried cherries, pecans, etc.
4. Dry Roasted Chickpeas
I just made these the other day and they are surprisingly easy to make. You drain a can of chickpeas, and dry them out on a paper towel for about an hour. Then you put them on a baking sheet and sprinkle them with seasoning (I used salt free fajita seasoning but you can use anything you want). Just bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes. When I made these, I shook the pan a couple times throughout that 45 minutes. Then, I turned the oven off, got distracted, and actually forgot about them for like 3 hours (oops). When I finally remembered they were in there, I pulled them out and tried some. They were crispy like corn nuts, and so freaking good.
These make an awesome snack that you could literally just throw in a drawer and eat like a month later.
5. Nut Butter and Whole Grain Crackers
This one is easy. You can buy individual almond or peanut butter packets and stash them away with some whole grain crackers.
Heck, you don’t even need the crackers. You could just down that nut butter by itself. #noregrets lol
Well, there it is. 5 healthy snacks you can store anywhere for when the h-anger is real.
What are some of your go-to healthy snacks when you just can’t even? lol