I am the queen (read it: QUEEN) of forgetting to bring snacks with me when I’m out and about and have a jam packed day. It’s quite honestly one of the worst things I can do for myself, too, since I start to loose my cool around the time of being slightly hungry. What does this look like for me? While some people call it “hangry” and lash out at any and everyone around them, I get eerily quiet. Almost mute. I start to not be able to make decisions and get incredibly fatigued. Anything but convenient when you’re trying to be productive :) Chris often jokes that he needs to set an alarm to make sure I’m fed. It’s one of his main priorities, and quite frankly I don’t blame him.
But recently, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make it so this doesn’t keep happening. I wanted to share some of my tricks with all of you in case any of you are in the same boat. I’m not a huge fan of meal prepping, but snack prepping is something I can totally get behind, and it leaves me feeling so calm and put together when I’m headed out the door – rather than a frazzled mess trying to look for anything that’s able to throw into my purse (hint: not much since I try not to buy packaged foods!)
- First and foremost, I keep a box of Lara Bars in my car since these are my favorite favorite favorite. They have all but 4 ingredients, all of which you can pronounce, and are actually quite filling. I also keep unsalted almonds and chewing gum in my car in case I need to be held over. Gum helps.
- Grapes & RX bars. I’ll take a bundle of grapes and 1/2 an RX bar and create little snack bags and throw them in the fridge. This way, when I’m heading out the door, I simply grab one and go.
- Apple & PB sandwiches. I de-core an apple using this amazing tool (bummed I didn’t get this long ago) and slice it into circles. Then, I take peanut butter (or almond butter) and spread it across both sides. If I’m feeling really crazy ;) I’ll sprinkle some granola on there, too. Then close it on up for a delicious Apple & PB sandwich. *Tip, make sure you dry the apple with a paper towel otherwise the peanut butter won’t stick!
- Trader Joes individual mixed nuts. They have the cutest little individual servings of nuts which makes it so easy to grab it on the go and throw it in your bag. I love the ones with the craisins.
- Roasted chick peas. I used to make these all the time when I was vegan, and I’m not sure why I stopped. You batch bake about 2 cans, sprinkle some cumin, salt and pepper and bake them at 350* for about 20 minutes.
- Sweet Potato chips. Pretty much the same as above, but you’ll want to up the heat to about 400* and bake them for about an hour. I like mine crispy, so make sure that they’re spread apart and not on top of one another.
- Fruit pouches. This is embarrassing because it’s basically considered baby good, but they’re good and good for you! I’ve been known to bum one off of my niece and nephews in the past ;)
- Brown rice cakes. They have so many flavors, though I try and stick with plain, sans salt. If I have a sweet tooth, though, I’ll go for the cinnamon.
So there you have it! My go-to snacks for when I’m headed out the door. Short and sweet post, but I hope this helps! x