Would it surprise you to learn that the average American spends nearly 10 hours in their car every week? Whether you are a salesman making your regional rounds, a busy suburban mom running the kids to piano lessons, soccer practice, and orthodontist appointments, or a resident of an area with little to no public transportation, those hours can sure add up.
As you are no doubt painfully aware, it can be incredibly difficult to eat healthfully when you’re on the go. That’s why we’ve gathered up this list of healthy snacks on the go for adults. Grab a cup of coffee and your grocery list, and keep reading for delicious inspiration!
Make Your Own Snack Mix
Pre-made snack mixes are expensive and not very good for you. Skip the high sodium levels, artery-clogging oils, and preservatives by making your own snack mix. It’s easy, easy to customize to your own tastes, and much more economical.
Start with simple corn- or rice-based cereal without excess sugar or flavoring. Then add small pretzel sticks, pepitas or sunflower seeds, and any combination of nuts. You can add rye chips or tiny cheese crackers, as well. Coat the mixture with butter, Worcestershire, and seasonings, then let all the flavors meld together in your slow-cooker for a couple of hours.
Fill small plastic containers or bags with your mix once it’s cooled, and you’re set for many snacks to come!
Get Going with Gorp
Remember gorp? The name of this summer-camp and after-school snack fave is actually an acronym — it stands for Good Old Raisins and Peanuts. Of course, your gorp can be anything you want it to be.
Cashews or almonds are good peanut subs, and try some dried cranberries in lieu of the raisins. Heck, you can even put M&Ms in there, like your favorite babysitter used to.
Try Charcuterie for a Classy Snack
You’ve heard of charcuterie. Now get ready for charcuterie! This offers the same snackable cheese chunks, cured meat, tangy olives or gherkins, grapes or figs, and nuts as those beautiful grazing boards that are all over Pinterest.
For charcuterie, simply arrange these treats in a portioned reusable container. A bento box works great for this purpose!
Here’s another portable snack idea adapted from old-school appetizers. Take a slice of deli turkey, ham, or salami and schmear some cream cheese in a stripe down the center. Top with a dill pickle spear or cut your favorite raw veggie into strips, then roll the whole thing up. It’s essentially a tidy, compact sandwich sans bread.
If you’re avoiding dairy or want an extra punch of protein, substitute hummus for the cream cheese.
Did you ever have a Chia Pet? They were all the rage for a while, but it turns out that the iconic seeds are actually edible — and really healthy for you, too! Use them to make a super-simple pudding that you can grab as you’re running out the door.
To make chia pudding, combine 1/2 cup chia seeds with 1 1/2 cups milk (dairy, almond, soy, or coconut all work well). Add a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup, and any flavorings you want. Cocoa powder, peanut butter, jam (use Certo for a delicious homemade version), and berries are all great additions. The beauty of this “recipe” is that it’s infinitely customizable.
Portion the chia pudding into individual containers and let them sit for a few hours or overnight. Voila, a portable breakfast or snack that’s loaded with nutrition.
The Incredible, Versatile Egg
Eggs are one of the most versatile foods around, and many preparations make excellent on-the-go snacks. Hard-boiled eggs are easy to make and transport, and need only a little salt and pepper to bring out their flavor.
Deviled eggs are a little fancier than their hardboiled cousins, but can be a little messy and will need to be kept cool. That said, if you have some downtime and can actually sit down to eat, take a couple of deviled eggs in an insulated tote.
Another good option for busy egg-lovers are egg muffins, also known as mini quiches or mini frittatas. Baked in a muffin tin for perfect portioning, these are made of beaten egg and whatever other flavors float your boat: bacon, ham, sausage, mushrooms, spinach, artichoke hearts, bell pepper, broccoli, cheddar, feta, mozzarella…. Egg muffins are a great “clean out the crisper” recipe.
They’re also good for movers and shakers because they can be eaten cold, at room temperature, or warmed up in a microwave or toaster oven.
This ought to be a no-brainer, but we’re adding it just in case you’re not familiar with the extraordinary variety of energy and protein bars out there nowadays. The best part is that many of them, like RBar energy bars, are made with wholesome, all-natural ingredients. That means you can find a bar that caters to your allergies, sensitivities, or diet, but also to your taste buds!
A Snack from the Sea
If you have ever eaten a sushi roll, you have tasted seaweed. Nori, the dark green wrapper used for many rolls, is just one of many kinds of edible seaweeds. These are also called “sea vegetables,” but whatever you call them, they’re incredibly nutritious.
Toss a few single-serving packages of toasted and flavored nori into your glove box. They’ll last for a long time, and they provide a great vitamin and mineral boost. Best all, they have a light, crunchy texture that satisfies even the strongest urge to snack on chips.
How much time do you spend in your car? What kind of snacks do you like to keep within easy reach, to keep yourself fueled and feeling great while you’re out and about? We would love to hear about your favorite healthy snacks on the go for adults.
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