Portable Snacks for the Office or the Beach
We’ve all hit the four o’clock slump where you reach for that over-crumbled Nature Valley bar in the bottom of your bag that you can’t remember when you put there. As your blood sugar dips down and stomach churns, you decide to rip open the packet to find a sad looking silver packet of granola pieces instead of an intact bar. Perhaps that’s a bit dramatic -- but you get the image. Whether you’re at the beach on the weekends or in the office from Monday thru Friday, snacking is an important way to feel fueled and energized throughout the day. However, those quick small meals shouldn’t take the same amount of time to prepare as your full meal prep. So, here are a few portable snack ideas that are quick to make, awesome to eat, and will make your neighboring friend or coworker relieved that your hanger pains are satisfied. Whether you need a little carb, protein, or veggie boost, or perhaps have a sweet tooth, we’ve got you covered with these clean recipes.
Trail Mix: Make your own gorp by combining your favorite nuts, seeds, whole grain cereals, dried fruit and bit of chocolate. Check out 15 Mix n’ Match Ingredients to customize your own bagged trail mix here.
Turkey, hummus and veggie lettuce wrap: No longer just for dipping, try spreading some hummus on a large lettuce leaf and top with 2 slices of your preferred deli meat (turkey for us), shredded carrots, thin cucumber slices then roll it up. If you want a bit more substance, add a few slices of avocado for some healthy fats and flavor.
Roasted Chickpeas: Yes, roasting involves an oven but I promise you this recipe is fool proof and incredibly easy. Simply season with olive oil, salt and some cayenne pepper and throw them into a pre-heated 450-degree oven for about 15 minutes. Let them cool...then boom. Done.
Stock up on some Justin’s Almond Butter and Peanut Butter packets. Very portable and no prep time needed.
If those didn’t persuade you and you’re still a bar person, here are some of our favorite clean options. Even though those Nature Valley bars seem appealing, sorry to break it to you but you might as well be eating a candy bar. When looking at the granola bar labels, make sure to keep an eye out for grams of sugar (<8g) and for optimal protein and fiber. Also, try and keep the ingredient list under 10.