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10 Healthy Snacks On The Go

So I have recently been trying to eat better so that I can lose weight, and so has my sister-in-law (AKA Co-author, Cory Hammond). My husband has recently been focusing on healthier eating as well, and so I have naturally been trying to get my four year old daughter to eat healthy. Our biggest issue as a family, however, is that we are always on the go! We’re a busy family with a lot to do. My husband works, Vikki Beth has dance class, there are doctor’s appointments, social events, and we travel out of state at least twice a year. In any given month, we probably travel half an hour to three hours from our home at least one or two times. During the summer, this number rises to at least double. While it is great to be on the go and we love our hectic, exhausting lifestyle, it is a real hassle to get healthy food this way. I cook at home every night, but what about snacks? Where am I supposed to find healthy snacks amidst the chip and candy aisles? The idea is to be prepared. I’ve found that there are a number of awesome snacks that you can grab and take with you. Here are just twenty of those snacks:

1. Carrot & Celery Bags

Grab some baby carrots & celery sticks from the store. Place about 5 baby carrots into a ziploc snack baggie. Cut two large celery sticks up into four pieces each Place these into the snack bag with the carrots. Store them in your lunch meat drawer in your fridge so you can grab them whenever you are about to leave the house. Each  bag will only amount to around 40 to 50 calories each.

2. GoGo Squeez Applesauce

Delicious, healthy, and ranging from about $1.50 to $5.00 for a four pack, this is an awesome treat to take on the go. It’s only 50 calories a serving too! You can get the even cheaper

3. Homemade Trail Mix

4. 100% Fruit Pouches

These come in any number of flavors, from any number of brands. They are, essentially, pureed fruit. They are also incredibly delicious! The average 100% fruit pouches range in prize from $2.00 to $5.00 per four pack, and are only 60 to 90 calories a pouch. They are also packed with vitamins and antioxidants, so it’s a win-win situation!

5.  Lightly Salted Peanuts- Individual Serving Sized

These are a little higher in calories, but a single serving size (about 28 grams) gives you 2% of your daily calcium, 8% of your daily Iron, and 7 grams of protein. They’re convenient and easy to grab on the go, racking in just about 170-190 calories per serving. If you want to cut the calories on this snack, you can just cut your serving size. A smaller serving of about 14 grams will give you 1% of your daily calcium, 4% of your daily Iron, 3.5 grams of protein, and will only rack in 85-95 calories. Remember to get the lightly salted version to avoid all of that excess salt.

6. Raisins- Individual Serving Sized

An individual serving of raisins can cure or curb a sweet tooth naturally. You also get about 2% of your daily Iron. You can actually find 6 packs of individual servings of these tasty little snacks at your local Dollar Tree, so they’re pretty cost efficient as well. Just 45 calories a box!

7.  Bag of Grapes

Measure out half a cup of grapes and place them in a Ziploc baggie. Store them in your fridge until you’re ready to go. Half a cup of grapes has a trivial (less than 1%) amount of Vitamin A, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium. It also has 3% of your daily Vitamin C, and just over 2% of your daily Vitamin B-6. All for just 31 calories!

8. Apple Slices

Take one medium apple and slice it up, discarding the core. Place the slices in a Ziploc baggie. A medium apple has .5 grams of protein. It also has around 1% of your daily Vitamin A, Calcium, and Iron. Plus, it has 14% of your daily Vitamin C, 5% of your daily Vitamin C-6, and 2% of your daily magnesium. Plus, it only contains around 95 calories.

9. Brown Rice Cakes

While it doesn’t contain a ton of nutrients, a serving size of two full brown rice cakes is only seventy calories. This makes it a great snack for those trying to watch their calories so they can lose weight.

10. Popcorn (Light on the salt & butter!)

If you go easy on the salt and butter, one cup of air popped popcorn has only 31 calories! Plus, it’s a nice snack for fans of salty or crunchy snacks. The key is moderation, and seriously- going light on the salt and butter. So go ahead and grab some while you watch that movie at home…it’s not going to hurt your diet.

If you liked this article, check out Dieting Foods & Tips For People Who Don’t Diet for more great food ideas.

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