Have you ever been running errands on a Saturday afternoon and suddenly become overwhelmed with hunger while sitting at a traffic light? Or maybe you’re at your kid’s all-day soccer tournament and the only sustenance you can find is an errant cheerio in the bottom of your purse?
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were some healthy snacks you could just grab and take with you for those awkward times between breakfast and lunch? Or when lunch isn’t in your future at all?
Luckily there are! Everyone at STRIVE with Janelle has come in contact with a case of the hunger pangs at an inopportune time more than once, so we compiled a list of our favorite snacks for people on the go. No cheerios needed! These portable snacks are all packed with protein so you can stay satisfied without piling on extra calories.
Hard boiled Eggs
At just 60-80 calories a piece, a couple of hard boiled eggs provide a low-calorie yet satisfying option. You can hard boil and peel a bunch on your own, and keep them in the fridge for easy grabbing and going. Or you may even be able to find ready-made packs at your local grocery store!
Just one String Cheese boasts 6-8 grams of protein so you can peel away hunger one string at a time.
Nothing satisfies hunger like a little crunch. Roasted chickpeas let you munch on five grams of protein per quarter cup, and they’re easy to make on your own. Just drizzle rinsed and drained chickpeas with olive oil and toss them with your favorite seasoning like cumin, pepper or paprika and bake at 425˚ for 45 minutes. You can buy pre-packaged versions of these as well; just make sure to read the label to make sure there isn’t too much sodium.
Fourteen little almonds have four grams of protein but only 100 calories. You can buy these in bulk and portion them out yourself to save a few bucks, or you can find pre-packaged packs at most grocery stores.
We won’t lie. We’ve taken a spoon to the jar of peanut butter more than once. It’s just so good! Fortunately, it’s also a good mix of healthy fat and protein so it makes for a great snack (within the right portion, of course). Companies have jumped on this habit and we can now get squeezable packs of peanut butter, and other nut butters, that fit easily in our purse or pocket. For added fiber, grab a banana or an apple to pair with that PB!
Do you have a delicious snack you’d like to share with our STRIVE community? Let us know in the comments!