Finding yourself munching mindlessly as you go through your day? You’re not alone: most Americans consume as many Calories through snacks, small bites, and sips as they do from actual meals.
Even healthy snacks can add up fast: while we tend to consider things like nuts, trail mix, granola, protein bars, and dried fruit to be healthier alternatives to chips, candy, and other processed snack foods, the Calories are often similar, if not higher.
While you should always aim to keep snacking to an absolute minimum rather than a daily habit, it’s helpful to have a list of perfect to-go snacks for days where the time between meals stretches to more than 5 hours.
If you’re trying to get a firm handle on your snack routine, consider these five snacks your perfect to-go snacks picks.
Water packed canned or vacuum sealed tuna or salmon.
This high protein, shelf-stable option is relatively low in Calories: 70-100 Calories per can or vacuum sealed pack, with no added sugar. Perfect snack attributes that are hard to replicate in a shelf-stable format. Consider this your best swap for a protein bar.
Dried fruit may seem more convenient thanks to its shelf stable nature, but it’s also higher in Calories since the water has been removed in the dehydration process. Fresh fruit keeps you fuller, longer, and for fewer Calories.
If you’re trying to wean yourself off cheesy chips or crackers, string cheese is a convenient, fresh pick in a portion-controlled package, with more Calcium and Protein than a processed snack food.
High in Calcium, VItamin D, and protein, greek yogurt is more satiating in regular yogurt, and offers a sweet hint of flavor that can help stave off your craving for breakroom goodies.
If you’re watching your weight, raw veggies are the way to go. Packing very few Calories for a large amount of volume, snacking on cut crudites can help you make it to your next meal without post snack regret.