20 Healthy, Portable Snacks That Don’t Need To Be Refrigerated
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Whether it’s work, school, or a day out adventuring, packing healthy snacks can sometimes be a challenge. Many nutritious treats often require refrigeration or add ons that can weigh down your purse or backpack.
Often times, this setback can cause us to reach for unhealthy treats or snacks. Cut the habit by creating your own fresh, healthy snacks at home instead. These recipes work great for adults and kids alike as they include a variety of flavors that anyone can enjoy.
Don’t let healthy snacking become an oxymoron. Choose foods instead that help fight off unhealthy cravings, and bring a boost back into your diet plans. Here are twenty snacks that are perfect
1. Ants On A Log
Revisit your childhood with this delicious protein-filled snack. Made with celery, peanut butter, and raisins, this easy-to-make meal is exactly what you need to fight off mid-afternoon cravings.
2. Rice Cakes With Peanut Butter, Dried Cranberries And Coconut
Meet your sugary cravings head-on with this yummy treat. The sweetness of the dried cranberries and coconut pairs beautifully with the creamy peanut butter, and the crunch of the rice cake.
3. Gluten-Free Pretzel Twists
Don’t miss out of your favorite snacks due to gluten-sensitivities. These rice and corn based pretzels are great for those who are looking for a salty crunch with their next snack.
4. Salmon Jerky
Get a powerful punch of protein with this tasty dried salmon treat. Infused with garlic powder, brown sugar, and spices, this jerky has texture and dimension that will leave you feeling satisfied.
5. Pomegranate Seeds
Pomegranate seeds are the perfect combination of tangy and crunchy. While these seeds are tasty on their own, they also taste great topped on yogurts, granolas or creamy ricotta cheese.
6. Trail Mix
Crunchy, salty, chewy, and sweet, this notable snack is a favorite of children and adults alike. So, go ahead, and pack a bit extra. It’s going to go quickly.
7. Frozen Grapes
Yes, I understand that the word “frozen” requires a refrigerator. However, they can be taken on-the-go without worries of spoiling. After grocery shopping, places your grapes into the freezer to chill the fruit.
Once you’re ready to eat, take the grapes and place into a zip-lock bag for a chilled sweet treat. The grapes will thaw out throughout the day and will have leave you with a cold, refreshing taste.
8. Vegetable Chips
Trying quit potato chips for good? Try making vegetable chips instead. Use a light oil to flavor the veggie slices and roast until golden.
9. Dark Chocolate Squares
While chocolate may not sound like the healthiest treat, dark chocolate is surprisingly good for you. According to The Telegraph, small amounts of dark chocolate are known to improve your circulation as well as your heart’s overall health.
10. Sweet & Spicy Nut Mix
Add a bit of kick to your snack time with this sweet & spicy nut mix. Mixed with cayenne pepper, chili powder, and cumin, these protein packed treat is great for those who need a little spice in their life.
11. Double Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Who doesn’t love a tasty muffin? Filled with healthy alternatives such as yogurt and whole wheat flour, this recipe turns the traditional pastry on its head.
12. Apple Almond Butter Stacks
Talk about a mouth-watering! These beautiful apple stack features some regularly seen favorites of snack time. Filled with almond butter, apples, and granola, these yummy, crunchy treat will leave you feeling full and oh, so satisfied.
13. Chocolate Snack Bites
Don’t believe that chocolate belongs in a healthy snack? Think again! These simple snack bites are perfect for those who need a sweet treat that won’t break the scale.
14. Sriracha Edamame
Looking for a protein-filled snack that packs a punch? This sriracha edamame is perfect for you. It’s crunchy, spicy and bold. It’s a flavor combination that can’t be beat.
15. Roasted Chickpeas
Traditional nuts can get boring. Change up your snack routine by adding roasted chickpeas. It’s a delicious mix of creamy, crunchy, spicy, and salty. It’s a flavor profile that you don’t want to miss.
16. Multi-Grain Rice
If you are looking to add more fiber into your diet, try snacking on multi-grain rice. Minute Ready creates small packs that are tasty on their own, but also can be used as a part of a larger meal.
17. Cocoa, Banana And Almond Butter Wrap
Sweet, creamy treats are never a bad idea. Fill up on yummy goodness with this cocoa, banana and almond butter wrap.
18. Barbecue Pumpkin Seeds
Trade out your barbecue potato chips for these barbecue pumpkin seeds. Same amount of tangy crunch with way less calories.
19. Sunflower Lentil Spread With Pita Squares
Upgrade your traditional chips and dips with this creative spread. Simply blend up lentils with a few healthy additives to create a no-refrigeration needed dip. Add yummy pita squares, and you have yourself a wonderful snack.
20. Popcorn With Parmesan
Popcorn doesn’t have to be fattening. Use light, non-buttered popcorn, and add shavings of sharp parmesan into the mix. At only 150 calories, this snack is worth every last bite.
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