Eating healthy is hard enough for someone who has their days free to plan and prepare fresh meals. It’s even harder when you live a busy life, travel often, or juggle dozens of different responsibilities. Luckily, there are some quick and easy foods that can provide essential nutrients when hunger strikes, keeping you away from the drive-through and helping you stay on track toward your health goals.
Fresh produce. It probably goes without saying, but fruits and veggies are the smartest snacking choice you could make. They are easy to transport, require zero preparation, and provide essential nutrients. Plus, you can’t really overdo them in most cases, so eat all you want!
Hard-boiled eggs. Eggs are full of protein, which keeps you feeling full longer. Plus hard-boiled eggs are convenient. Boil a dozen each Sunday for use throughout the week, or grab one at a convenience store that sells them.
Fruit and nut bars. These are filling and delicious, but look for the ones that contain five grams of sugar or less. Alternately, you can make your own at home using ingredients that appeal to you.
Protein shake. Many convenience stores now carry protein shakes. You can also carry individual servings of powder to mix into water.
Nuts. Nuts are packed with protein and heart-healthy fats. Just remember to keep your serving sizes small or you could easily exceed your caloric intake for the day.
Cheese. Low-fat mozzarella cheese sticks, cheddar cubes, or other small servings of cheese make excellent snacks. Plus, the protein will help tide you over between meals.
Peanut or almond butter. You can purchase these in individual single-serving packets and pair them with fruit or whole-train toast for a quick, nutritious snack in a hurry.
Packaged tuna. Canned tuna can be a bit difficult to consume on the go, but now food suppliers are packaging this protein-heavy fish in more convenient pouches. Keep a few at your desk, in the car, or anywhere else hunger tends to strike.
Jerky. Chicken, beef, and venison jerky are low in calories and high in protein. Just remember to check the label as some varieties contain added sugar.
Unsweetened applesauce. You can find individual packs of applesauce at just about any grocery or convenience store. Keep a few disposable spoons on hand and you can enjoy it anytime you need a snack.