Healthy, Easy, Portable Snack Ideas
On-the-go snacks are a must for busy lifestyles. We all get a craving for a little crunch, or something sweet, and since most of us don’t have time to step into the kitchen and whip up a delicious omelet whenever we want, it really helps to have a quick pick-me-up on hand.
Healthy nut mixes that can be kept in a bag in your purse, or energy-dense superfoods that might already come individually packaged can be the difference between a terrible hangry afternoon, and a happy, satisfied wait until dinner.
Hear are a few of my favorite portable snacks!
The Crunch Nut
I am a big nut eater and love to make my own nut mixes. Fill a cereal bowl with 1/2 cup toasted pecans, ½ cup cashews, ½ cup pepitas, ¼ cup dried cranberries, and ¼ cup dark chocolate chunks. Stir and enjoy!
The Tropical Breeze
Tropical fruits are packed with vitamins and antioxidants and the natural sugars are a great way to nip any sweet craving in the bud. It is easy to buy a selection of dried tropical fruits, chop them into even sized pieces, and stir them together. For a little texture, add unsweetened toasted dried coconut flakes.
The Superfood Ball
Energy balls can be ideal for popping in your mouth in an instant. They are packed with all sorts of goodness and have just a touch of natural sweetness. My favorite recipe is from my cookbook: 2 cups quick-cooking oats, 2 teaspoons chia seeds, 1 cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips, 1 cup ground flaxseed meal, 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, 1 cup sunflower seed butter, ½ cup wildflower honey, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
To make, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl mix together the oats, chia seeds, chips, flaxseed meal, and sea salt, set aside. In a small bowl mix the sunflower butter, honey, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the oat mixture until evenly distributed. Then pinch pieces of the mixture off with the fingers and rolll them into 11/2-inch balls. Place the balls on the baking sheet and chill for 2 hours until set. Serve!
The Power Bar
Store-bought granola bars can be delicious, but they are often packed with sugar and other processed ingredients. Make a large tray of them at home instead and wrap them individually so you can take them in your purse.
Here is my favorite homemade power bar recipe:
2 ½ cups rolled oats, 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut, ¼ cup pepitas, 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into pieces, 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, 1/3 cup wildflower honey, ½ dried apricots, finely chopped.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the oats, coconut, and pepitas evenly on it. Toast the oats for 8 to 10 minutes, turning them a few times with a spoon, until they are lightly golden brown. Transfer them to a mixing bowl to cool. Line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper and spray well with cooking spray. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt over medium-low heat. Stir just until the butter is melted and everything is combined. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes. Then pour the mixture into the bowl with the toasted oats, add the honey, and mix well until everything is combined. Use a spatula to fold in the apricots and the oat mixture. Spoon into the prepared baking dish and press evenly into the pan, using dampened fingertips or a wet spatula. Press the mixture well to make it as compact as possible. Freeze bars for 2 hours. Then transfer to the refrigerator until ready to cut. Before cutting alllow the bars to thaw for 10 minutes at room temperature. Store in a sealable container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.