15 Energy Sustaining Snacks for When You’re on the Go!

LA fitness member Chrissy keeps snacks on hand because she is always on the go

This article was contributed by Debbie M., MS, RD – 

When it’s time to eat on-the-go what can you grab to tide you over?  The best option is something that you have brought with you, so you get the energy benefits of a healthy snack without having to purchase from a vending machine at inflated prices. Of course, your snack choice must survive the temperature and abuse your gym bag goes through during the day…so don’t choose anything that will melt, spoil, or crumble into 100 pieces!  To help you get started, here are some healthy options.

  • Take a look at fruit snacks that you can pick up at the store:
Bare Fruit® apple or pear (2.6 oz bag)
174 Calories        1 gm Protein       48 gm Carb (6 Fiber, 42 Sugar)       0 gm Fat     102 mg Sodium
 
Mariani® Mixed Dried Fruit (1/4 Cup)
110 Calories        1 gm Protein       25 gm Carb (4 Fiber, 17 Sugar)       0 gm Fat        20 mg Sodium
 
Ocean Spray Craisins® (1/3 Cup)
130 Calories        0 gm Protein       33 gm Carb (3 Fiber, 26 Sugar)       0 gm Fat     0 mg Sodium

 

  • Here’s a run-down of some popular granola bar options that are easy to find:
Kashi® Trail Mix chewy granola bar
140 Calories         6 gm Protein        20 gm Carb (4 Fiber, 6 Sugar)          5 gm Fat        95 mg Sodium
 
Nature Valley® Oats N’ Honey granola bars (2)
190 Calories         4 gm Protein        29 gm Carb (2 Fiber, 12 Sugar)        6 gm Fat        160 mg Sodium
 
Planters® NUT*trition Heart Healthy bar
160 Calories         5 gm Protein        19 gm Carb (3 Fiber, 9 Sugar)          8 gm Fat        130 mg Sodium
 
Quaker® Sweet and Salty Crunch granola bar (2)
150 Calories         3 gm Protein        24 gm Carb (2 Fiber, 8 Sugar)          5 gm Fat        210 mg Sodium

 

  • Here are a few salty, crunchy potato chip options:
Rold Gold® Honey Wheat Braided Twists pretzels (8)
110 Calories         3 gm Protein        24 gm Carb (1 Fiber, 3 Sugar)          1 gm Fat        220 mg Sodium
 
Smartfood® White Cheddar Popcorn (1 oz)
160 Calories         3 gm Protein        14 gm Carb (2 Fiber, 3 Sugar)          10 gm Fat      290 mg Sodium
 
Somersaults crunchy nuggets (15 = 1 oz)
150 Calories         7 gm Protein        14 gm Carb (3 Fiber, 1 Sugar)          7 gm Fat        260 mg Sodium
 
SunChips® Original Multigrain (1 oz)
140 Calories         2 gm Protein        19 gm Carb (2 Fiber, 3 Sugar)          6 gm Fat        120 mg Sodium

 

  • Among nuts and seeds, these options are ready-to-eat (shelled or edible)
Blue Diamond Almonds whole, natural 100-Calorie pack
100 Calories         4 gm Protein        3 gm Carb (2 Fiber, 1 Sugar)            9 gm Fat        0 mg Sodium
 
David Pumpkin Seeds (1/2 of 2.5 oz package)
140 Calories         7.5 gm Protein     3 gm Carb (1 Fiber, 0 Sugar)            11 gm Fat      10 mg Sodium
 
Kar’s Salted Cashews (1 oz)
160 Calories         5 gm Protein        9 gm Carb (1 Fiber, 1 Sugar)            14 gm Fat      80 mg Sodium
 
Planters® Salted Peanuts (1 oz)
170 Calories         7 gm Protein        5 gm Carb (2 Fiber, 1 Sugar)            14 gm Fat      115 mg Sodium

Remember, you can’t eat what you don’t have.  To make portioning super easy, shop for individual packages that come in single servings. Also, don’t forget to take a minute to pack your bag in the morning, or better yet, the night before.  Happy snacking!

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Posted on June 17, 2013, in fitness, Health, Helpful, LA Fitness, LA Fitness Blog - Living Healthy, la fitness reviews, Motivation, Motivational Tips, Nutrition, Simple, Top Tips, Weight Loss and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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