Eating real, unprocessed foods should always be goal #1 but sometimes life gets in the way and you’ll find that’s not always possible.

Whether you’re running from meeting to meeting, traveling or out doing errands for the day there will be times when you don’t have access to a kitchen or the time to cook.

However,  There are healthy foods you can always keep with you for those times when you’re extremely busy or away from home.

Below are seven healthy, portable snacks that not only taste great but you can take with you anywhere.photo3-e1440794408612-225x300

1)Kale Chips

Commonly referred to as a “Nutritional Powerhouse” kale is high in

  • anti-oxidants to help protect against numerous cancers
  • vitamins A, K, and C
  • fiber

I really like “Alive & Radiant Kale Krunch” not only because it tastes good but it, also, contains nutritional yeast and organic chia seeds.  It can be a bit pricey but if you buy it on Thrive Market you can save a fair amount of money.

2)Meat Sticks

I really like Nick’s Sticks.   The Beef sticks are 100% grass-fed, contain no

  • dye-free
  • Nitrate-freephoto21-e1440793975729-225x300
  • hormone-free
  • sugar-free

The Turkey sticks  are free-range and and contain no

  • antibiotics
  • dyes
  • hormones
  • msg
  • sugar

Jerky is another good option.  Just be sure to look for a jerky that has as little sugar as possible.

3)Food Bars

Food bars are another good option as you can keep them with you at all times.  Just make sure you’re using a quality food bar.

When selecting a food bar look for one that isIMG_0355

  • low in sugar, carbs
  • high in protein
  • high in fiber
  • high in good, quality fats such as coconut oil, almond butter, etc.

Refer to my previous article Three Quality Food Bars on my favorite food bars.

4)Chomperz Crunchy Seaweed Chips

I got to admit.  I’m not much of a fan of seaweed.  That was until I tried these seaweed chips.

They are really good and you can barely taste the seaweed.  Also, They are low in calories.

As stated on their website seaweed is high inIMG_0358

  • iodine
  • calcium
  • sodium
  • magnesium
  • potassium
  • iron
  • zinc
  • copper
  • selenium

5)Nuts

Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc. are another great option that you can take with you anywhere.

When choosing nuts try to find ones that are organic, and raw.  There should only be one or two ingredients on the package and that is the nut and/or salt.  Nothing more.

  • Almonds are loaded with antioxidants “a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry even revealed that a one-ounce serving of IMG_0357almonds has a similar amount of total polyphenols as a cup of steamed broccoli or green tea.(1)
  • “Walnuts are good sources of plant-based omega-3 fats, natural phytosterols and antioxidants that are so powerful at free-radical scavenging that researchers called them “remarkable.”(1)

6)Avocados

One of my favorite foods avocadosIMG_0361

  • contain a lot of healthy fats, fiber, and many important nutrients such as Vitamins K, C, E, etc.
  •  are very high in potassium which has been shown, among other benefits, to help reduce blood pressure
  •  are very high in monounsaturated fats, specifically oleic acid which has been shown to reduce inflammation in your body

All you need is an avocado, a knife and maybe a little Himalayan pink salt or Celtic sea salt and you’re all set.

7)Nut Butters

Nowadays you can buy different types of nut butters such as cashew, walnut, and pecan, etc. IMG_0360

A great source of healthy fats you can buy them in small pouches making them a terrific, portable snack.

Maybe put some cashew butter on an apple or some pecan butter on some celery.

As with the nuts try to find nut butters with only one or two ingredients on the label and that is the nut and maybe some salt.

 

Hopefully this will give you some ideas and show you that you can eat healthy when you’re busy, don’t have time to cook or don’t have access to a kitchen.

Let me know in the comments below what you think and if you have any healthy snack ideas!

 

Sources:

  1. “Eating Raw Nuts May Improve Your Heart Health.” Mercola.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.
  2. “12 Proven Benefits of Avocado (No. 5 Is Very Impressive).” Authority Nutrition. N.p., 16 Sept. 2014. Web. 12 Feb. 2015.
  3. )“Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Kale.” MindBodyGreen. N.p., 02 Apr. 2012. Web. 28 Aug. 2015.

 

Full Disclosure:  I am an affiliate of Thrive Market, Nick’s Sticks, and Amazon Associates.

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Alisa on June 17, 2016 at 2:35 am

    This is a great list! I love seaweed, and it makes me really happy to see that list of health benefits. Unfortunately though delicious, nut butters are pretty pricey where I’m from, or anything healthy really. But the list still gave me some interesting ideas, never thought about meat sticks!

    • Matt Avoyer on June 17, 2016 at 2:59 am

      Alisa,

      The seaweed chips are really good esp. the barbeque.
      Things can get pricey so just do the best you can!

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