No refrigerator or microwave at work? No problem. Need to find something you can easily stash in your purse? Going on a work trip and need to pack snacks for a few days? I got you. It’s hard to find both healthy and enjoyable snacks (aside from another Kind bar) that don’t need to be refrigerated or heated up. This top ten list of non-perishable snack ideas will help make eating on the go a little bit easier.
1. Jerky- beef, turkey, buffalo, and salmon are all good options. Think Jerky (a local Chicago company) comes in lots of tasty flavors and is nitrate free. Jerky can be a little high in sodium, but it is typicaly 99% fat free and is a great source of protein.
2. Fruit with peanut or almond butter. Banana, apple, pears, and oranges can all survive outside the refrigerator and travel well.
3. Olives to Go! I just want to hug whoever thought of packaging olives in a perfect little transportable container. Olives are full of healthy fat that will hold you over keep you full. They have black pitted, green pimiento stuffed, and kalamata.
4. Trail mix or nuts. While trail mix is a good combination of carb, protein, and fat- it can still really pack in the calories. Be sure to watch your portion ( 1/4 cup serving is typically appropriate) or opt for these 100 calorie nut packs.
5. Peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread. The old stand by, enough said.
7. Popcorn sometimes gets a bad rap, but it is really just the butter that makes it bad. It is a great way to satify a salty and crunchy craving and still get in a little protein and fiber. SkinnyPop and Smartfood are both great options and available in single serve bag. You could also pop your own.
9. Dried mango from Trader Joe’s. I don’t even really like mangos all that much, but these dried fruit slices are amazing and very nutritious. For a fruit, they have a good amount of protein and fiber, are an excellent source of vitamin A, and even have a little iron and vitamin C. Make sure you get the unsweetened ones, they are perfect just the way they are.
10. Granola/energy/protein bar. This is the obvious choice for an easy and transportable snack. Look for bars that have at least 5-6 grams of protein and 3-4 grams of fiber so it will actually help fill you up. My favorite picks: Kind bars (Plus, Nut & Spices, Strong & Kind), Health Warrior Chia Bars, and RX Bars.