15 Healthy Packaged Snacks for On-the-Go Women
FILL UP ON HEALTHY SNACKS
Sort of a cracker and sort of a chip, Hummuz crispz’ first ingredient is garbanzo flour – a flour made of the same bean that hummus is made of! Add to that a little whey protein and milk protein, and you end up with a high protein snack. Throw a serving’s worth in a baggie and toss it in your purse for an easy option between meetings and events. There are three flavors available, but we’re especially fond of the Roasted Garlic variety.
Whether you’re planning a get together or you need a quick filler in your lunch bag, a box of Artisan Nut Thins won’t let you down! These crackers are made primarily from brown rice flour and almonds, delivering two grams of fiber and three grams of protein per serving. Pair a serving with low fat cheese and apple slices for the perfect, well-rounded mini-meal.
I’ve had kale chips before, and wasn’t a big fan, so I was a little nervous about trying Rhythm Superfood’s version. But, I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised! Unlike the kale chips from my grocery store, these have no preservatives, and even the flavorings are all-natural and organic. For instance, the Mango Habanero version is made from organic kale, organic mango, organic sunflower seed, organic tahini and so on. To increase your veggie intake, just pack a serving with your daily soup or sandwich to round out a mid-day meal.
Eat Your Vegetables definitely taste more like chips than crackers, and would go great paired with a rich and healthy Greek yogurt dip. Each serving counts for one serving of vegetables and delivers three grams of protein and fiber! Plus, they’re gluten and wheat free, kosher and vegetarian, so they’re the perfect option for individuals with allergies or food restrictions.
Sometimes you just want a creamy, indulgent treat, but many pre-packaged yogurts and smoothies are mega-sized and filled with sugars or artificial sweeteners. Enter: the Chobani Bite. These bite-sized yogurts come in delicious flavors and offer 8 grams protein for every 100 calorie serving. While they’re not necessarily low in sugar, the portion size is controlled, limiting your sugar intake compared to most other varieties on the market. Our favorites? The coffee with dark chocolate chips and raspberry with dark chocolate chips.
You may not always have time for breakfast, but that doesn’t mean you should skip it! Earnest Eats’ Hot & Fit Cereals come in individual servings that you can throw in your bag or keep in your car’s console for an easy option when you’re short on time. Made from whole oats, amaranth and quinoa, plus a variety of add-ins like nuts, berries and spices, you’ll get at least five grams of fiber and six grams of complete protein per serving. It’s the perfect way to stay full until your next meal.
A BETTER BAR
Oats are a filling, fiber-rich whole grain, perfect for mid-meal cravings, but when oatmeal isn’t practical, the Corazonas Oatmeal Squares are. These bars feature six grams protein and five grams fiber, all packed inside delicious-tasting squares in flavors like Chocolate Brownie & Almond. Plus, every bar is infused with plant sterols, which are proven to lower cholesterol.
Made from organic whole foods like nuts, seeds and dried fruits, ChiBars taste both healthy and delicious. For a break from the common bar, choose from exotic flavors like Mango Ginger, Papaya Pineapple and Cacoa Cherry, each made primarily from almonds, pumpkin seeds and fig paste, with their namesake ingredients to differentiate the bars and keep things exciting. Even your kids will like these tasty treats as a quick hunger-suppressor after sports practices and before dinner.
Who doesn’t love a rice crispy treat? The only problem with the marshmallowy elementary-school-staple is the simple carb and sugar content. You can treat yourself to a rice crispy alternative by picking up a few of the Promax Fit ‘n Crisp bars. Unlike the homemade variety, these deliver 13 grams of protein and only 10 grams sugar per 140 calorie bar. For women on special diets, these are also peanut-, soy-, milk- and egg-free vegetarian bars.
Skip your standard chocolate bar! Active D’Lites bars look and taste like a chocolate treat, but are stevia-sweetened, low-calorie options that are enhanced with up to nine grams fiber and a slew of prebiotics and probiotics to help enhance digestion. At only 100 calories each, you can fit one in to practically any healthy eating plan.
These bite-sized sweet snacks are made from one of the only complete proteins found in the form of a grain: quinoa! Pick up your choice of almond, cranberry cashew, chocolate sea salt or ginger peanut. While they taste great as a quick snack between meals, we like crushing them and sprinkling them on top of a serving of Greek yogurt – yum!
Okay, so these cookies were actually developed by a duo of physicians to help breastfeeding moms increase their milk supply (hence the name), but they’re truly an indulgent snack that any busy woman (or man) can feel good about! Made with whole wheat flour, oats, flaxseed and other tasty add-ins, these chewy cookies are a snack you’ll look forward to eating. Sub one in as a breakfast when you’re short on time, or enjoy with a glass of milk as a mid-afternoon treat. Each cookie is preservative-free and contains three grams fiber and four grams protein.
DRINK TO YOUR HEALTH
Not every snack has to be food! Juice drinks are easily digestible and can be quite filling if they’re packed with whole foods like kale, mango and banana. Samabazon Freshies offer an easy-to-drink alternative to whole fruits and veggies. We’re especially big fans of the Supergreens flavor featuring a rich ginger flavor. A single serving is packed with vitamins, minerals and omega 3s, 6s and 9s, not to mention two grams of fiber!
If you’re trying to ditch your soda habit, but you find yourself craving a little carbonation mid-afternoon, it’s time to stock up on TheBU Kombucha. This fermented tea drink offers a zesty, carbonated flavor with the health benefits of green or black tea supplemented by a multitude of live probiotics. While TheBU comes in four different flavors, we’re especially fond of Lavender – who could have guessed that a flower could make tea taste so good?
The coconut water craze may be a little overblown, but the fact is, coconut water is a great post-workout alternative to sugary sports drinks. Filled with naturally-occurring electrolytes like sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, Vitacoco’s single-serving drinks are only 45 calories and are never made from concentrate.
Source: Girls Gone Sporty