Whether you’re someone who needs a nutritious, on-the-go option when waiting for practice to wrap up or you’re a student who is suddenly starving in the middle of a lecture, having some easy, healthy snacks on the go can be a game-changer for your busy days!
By planning ahead and focusing on nutrient-rich foods, snacks may support weight management goals by managing hunger and keeping you satisfied between meals
When your next craving hits, aim for whole foods that add nutrition to your day instead of highly processed, less nutritious options.
Chickpeas, the base ingredient of your beloved hummus, boast an impressive 50 grams of protein in one cup.
Bonus: It also packs plenty of healthy fiber and carbohydrates, both necessary for keeping you going throughout a busy day.
A portion of healthy mixed nuts—meaning varieties without added flavoring or salt—are protein-packed snacks that will last for weeks.
Your best bet is to add an ounce of pistachios to a mix that includes peanuts for an additional 6 grams of protein to your snack.
Apples and almond butter
This snack is the perfect mix of sweet, savory, and protein. Simply cut up one regular apple and then dip it in unsweetened almond butter.
One serving of almond butter is approximately 2 tablespoons and works out to about 7 grams of protein.
Hummus and veggies
Hummus, created with chickpeas, is now sold in single-serving packages that you can grab on your way out the door, making it a great snack.
These 2-ounce packages clock in at 4 grams of protein, so just slice up some vitamin-packed red pepper, carrots, or celery for a healthy alternative to gas station-bought potato chips and dip.
Kale is incredibly healthy, as it’s loaded with fiber and antioxidants like beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.
It’s also a good source of minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus. It has a lower level of oxalic acid, an anti-nutrient that impairs calcium absorption, than many other leafy greens.
Pairing kale with olive oil not only makes more delicious and crispy chips but also a more balanced and filling snack.
Cherry tomatoes with mozzarella
Tomatoes and mozzarella cheese are a nutritious and yummy way to add more veggies to your diet.
Mix tomatoes with mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, and a drizzle of olive oil for a snack with protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
This tasty and fresh snack can also double as a side salad for your next meal.