By Laura Slatalla, Recent ASU Nutrition Student
Are you lacking in quick and easy snack ideas? Healthy snacks like yogurt and hummus aren’t easy to eat while on the run, but having something handy while doing errands or going to class will keep you from stopping at a vending machine or fast food joint. Take a look at these convenient snack ideas for when you’re on the go.
Design your own trail mix tailored to your likes. Start with some nuts like peanuts or almonds. Add seeds, dried fruit or berries, or some pretzels or crackers. The mix can be personalized and have the perfect ratio for you specifically. Portion it out into bags or reusable plastic containers and keep it in your purse.
Craving something crunchy? Kale chips will satisfy without all the fat and calories that come along with your average potato chip. They are oven baked with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Check out Fill Your Plate for the recipe.
Pitas can be stuffed with veggies like spinach and bell peppers, turkey or chicken, and cheese. They require a little prep, but once they’re made and stored in the fridge, you can just grab one before you leave. They’re filling and won’t be messy if you need to eat them in the car. Everything stays contained in the pita.
I avoid fruits that need to be peeled or cut- like oranges or kiwis, but apples, pears, and grapes are all tasty options. Hardier fruit won’t bruise as easily in a bag, but harder containers can be used for berries and softer fruits.
These beans make a crunchy snack that’s high in fiber. They’re rinsed, tossed in olive oil, seasoned, and baked at 450 degrees for a half hour.
Raw vegetables can be eaten as finger foods. Go with carrots, sliced bell peppers, or celery. Snacking is an awesome way to up your vegetable intake.