Summertime means getting outdoors and enjoying the weather! Read on for quick, healthy snacks to bring with you while you’re on the move!
Homemade Trail Mix
Combine nuts (like cashews, almonds, shelled pistachios or walnuts) with dried fruit (like raisins, mango or figs) and even unsweetened coconut flakes. Place your mix in individual snack bags or containers.
Pack easy-to-eat fruit like apples, bananas, pears, grapes, peaches, plums or sliced melon.
All snack bars are not created equal. Energy bars are loaded with protein and carbohydrates to support a day filled with activity while granola bars are high in calories and might not have nearly as much protein. Choose snack bars with at least 5 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein and fewer than 170 calories. Or, prepare your own healthy snack bars ahead of time!
Hummus and Vegetables
Any combination of baby carrots, sliced peppers, snap pea pods, sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and even fresh broccoli and cauliflower florets served with hummus makes for a fantastic, nutritious snack. Add the hummus to the top of a mason jar lid and fill the jar with the veggies for an easy, no-mess snack.
Prepare pumpkin, zucchini, banana or cornbread muffins at home so you can control what ingredients go into them. Try adding protein (like nuts) or even dried fruit for added nutrients.
Portion your favorite popcorn into individual bags or containers for a quick snack.
Nut Butter and Whole-Wheat Crackers or Bread
Add your favorite nut butter (like peanut or almond) to a sealed container and bring along whole wheat crackers or celery sticks for a satisfying snack. You might also make a homemade, classic PB sandwich on whole-wheat bread. If the nut butter container recommends refrigerating after opening, be sure to keep your container in the cooler.
An avocado is a healthy, filling snack that requires zero prep or packaging! Enjoy scooping the creamy innards of an avocado when it’s time to refuel. Bring along a knife to slice open the avocado. You might also bring a couple lime slices, if you have them – many enjoy spritzing fresh lime juice and a pinch of sea salt on their avocado or try a dash of cayenne!
Water is the best option, especially since it will keep you well-hydrated and will help you avoid drinking extra calories and added sugar. If you want a little extra flavor, add mint leaves or slices of lemons or oranges for a flavorful, refreshing beverage.