Finding healthy snacks can be tricky, especially when you don’t know where to start. Having snacks on hand throughout the day can fuel your body and minimize excess spending on food. After taste testing multiple snacks, we landed on these great options below.
1. Beef Jerky
Beef jerky is high in protein and often packaged in small-sized bags. However, it is also easy to buy in bulk and separate into smaller containers. Beef jerky comes in multiple flavors, along with grass-fed cattle and organic options. A great woman-owned brand is Lorissa’s Kitchen. Lorissa started making beef jerky to fuel her kids throughout the day and has dedicated her business to busy moms across the country.
2. Pre-Cut Fruit and Veggies
Packing pre-cut fruit and vegetables ensures you are receiving enough nutrients daily. Celery, carrots, and cucumbers are a few vegetables that can be easily chopped and bagged for on-the-go snacks. Add a small container of your favorite dipping sauce on the side for your veggies.
3. Bobo’s Bars
Bobo’s bars are delicious and inspire weight management, gut health, and lower blood pressure. This women-owned company was founded by Beryl Stafford and her daughter “Bobo” in the Boulder, CO area. The bars come in many flavors and there are kosher, gluten-free, and vegan options. They can be found in grocery stores across the country or online. The bars are a filling mix of soft and crunchy.
4. Smart Sweets
In the mood for something sweet? Woman-founded Smart Sweets might be the perfect solution! Only 100 calories per packet, Smart Sweets come in 10 varieties including favorites like gummy worms, gummy bears, licorice, peach rings and sour watermelon. Additional varieties are plant-based and low sugar. They are on the chewier side but hit the sweet tooth spot. Widely available, they are a perfect alternative to higher calorie treats.
5. Salted Chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas are a great option in the middle of the day when you may feel inclined to snack out of boredom. They have a nice crunch and come in multiple flavors. Chickpeas can be found in stores and online. These can also be purchased in bulk and portioned.
6. Bare Dried Fruit
Bare Dried Fruit is tasty and healthy. Three of their most popular dried fruits are apple, banana, and toasted coconut. But you can also find medleys, variety packs and organic options. Bare uses real fruits and began selling their products at a Seattle farmers market. A perfect combination of crunchy and sweet, dried fruit is also easy to portion into smaller containers.
7. Quest Nutrition Tortilla Style Protein Chips, Chili Lime, Baked
These protein chips come in packs of twelve and are a tasty replacement for the typical potato chip. The ranch flavor is outstanding!
8. Hard Boiled Eggs
Easy to make and quick to eat, hard-boiled eggs are a simple snack to have during the day. Place six eggs in the air fryer at 270 degrees for 15 minutes, and then place in ice water. This process makes the eggs easy to peel.
9. Chobani Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
Low fat greek yogurt has fewer calories and has much less fat than regular yogurt. You can also find dairy-free or almond milk/coconut milk based greek yogurt. This is a nice snack to have in the morning that will keep you full while fueling your body. Spice the yogurt up by adding granola or sliced fruit.
10. That’s It.- Bars
That’s It. bars are so yummy! There are several flavors, and each bar is around 60 calories – a great sweet snack. Each fruit bar has less than seven ingredients. You can buy these in stores and in bulk from warehouse clubs.
For more ideas on how to fuel your body, check out our simple four ingredient smoothie recipes.