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Quick & Healthy On-the-Go Snack Recipes

By , Anne Mauney, MPH, RD
You know the drill – by the time the late afternoon rolls around, you’re starving and the office candy jar starts looking better and better. Save yourself the temptation and try one of these simple, healthy, and satisfying portable snack ideas instead.

A bonus: not driving home starving means much less temptation to hit the drive through!
  • Medium-size fruit (or 1 serving dried fruit) with 1 serving unsalted nuts (any kind)
  • Greek yogurt (just store a few in the fridge at work!)
  • Medium-size fruit (banana) or veggie (celery, carrots) with 2 TBSP nut butter
    • Tip: try buying the pre-portioned nut butter packets – easier to bring to work than a whole jar, and then you have portion control built in! They are usually sold in 100 calorie packets at the grocery store.
  • 1/4 cup hummus with as many chopped veggies as you want (carrots, celery, peppers, etc.) 
If you have a little time one night (or over the weekend), try some of these healthy snack recipes, too. Just make a batch ahead of time and pre-portion them out into baggies or tin foil so all you have to do come morning is grab one and go!

5-Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars
 (vegan, gluten free if you use GF certified oats)  

Carrot Cake Muffins
 (vegan, whole wheat)

Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bars
 (gluten free)

Vegan & Gluten Free Granola Bars

Almond Butter Banana Bars
 (vegan, whole wheat)
What’s your favorite quick and healthy portable snack?

Want some more health tips for busy lifestyles? Check out my previous DailySpark guest posts:

Anne Mauney, MPH, RD is a Washington D.C.-area registered dietitian with a master's of public health in nutrition from UNC Chapel Hill. Anne owns an online-based nutrition counseling private practice and is also the writer of fANNEtastic food, a healthy lifestyle food and fitness blog she uses as a way to motivate others to lead happier, healthier lives.

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I dont find the recipes. When clicking on the "links" all it shows os a photo 🤷🏾‍♀️ Report
CECELW 8/22/2020
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Recipes won’t open on my phone. No computer available to see if they’ll open on there. Report
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I can never get the recipes to open either. I can get it to work on my laptop, but not my phone. Report
I can not get the recipes to open. When I click the link the picture just shows up. Suggestions? Report
I can not get the recipes to open. When I click the link the picture just shows up. Suggestions? Report
Great ideas. Report
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
Good recipes to try. Thank you. Report
i would love to try the dark chocolate quinoa bars. Report
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Great article, thanks. Report
some good recipes Report
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Quite a few good ideas shared with some simple recipes. Very interested in the granola bar recipe :) Report
great article Report
Yummy suggestions. Thanks Report
some of these look good Report
looks good Report
Look easy to make. Report
Very yummy! Report
Upon finding these recipes a few hours ago, I already tried one and it was one of the best muffins that I've ever baked. I tried the Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Muffins.
which baked not at all as I was expecting them to be too moist and not
sweet enough. I cut back on sugar in all my recipes, so I used only about 1/4 cup brown sugar instead of the 1/2 cup plus 1 packet of stevia; and they were still sweet enough. As I thought they would not be sweeet I also added about 1/4tsp. of a mix of brown sugar and cinnamon and a few ground pecans which I had moisten with a tsp. of butter on top of the muffins and didn't even need the extra sweetness. Also, I used white whole wheat flour and about 3/4 cup of unbleached flour and added about 1/4 cup of ground flax seed with the dry ingredients. The texture was just right and moist and taste almost like having carrot
cake. Loved them and can't wait for my husband to try them as he loves carrot cake
and these took much less time and more healthy than all that sugar in carrot cake and the icing as well. Report
Most of the snacks seem very sweet-heavy, but maybe they are healthy sweets? I do better with a whole fruit and some nuts.

Also, I hate seeing anyone advocate buying those individual packs of anything--convenient, yes, but just more garbage going into the land fill. We need to become responsible for more than just our own personal issues. Report
The hummus and veggie snack is becoming one of my favorites Report
I keep peanut butter, crackers, granola bars and cheese wedges at the office. That really helps when I don't have time to really sit down for a lunch break or when I stay a little later. Otherwise, I'll munch like crazy when I get home. Report
Very helpful... love the gluten free options!! Report
These recipes look good, but some of the ingredients are very expensive and some are not even available in my neck of the woods.....also suggesting buying pre-portioned nut butters, well those cost at least 3 times more than a jar and a jar is very simple to bring to work. Report
These "healthy" snacks are loaded with sugar and other simple starches. SP needs to kick its sugar addiction. Report
They look good, but would be more tempting to try if the nutrition info was already calculated and included with the recipe. Perhaps if I have the time, I will calculate these and see if they are something that fits my nutritional needs. Report
Bananas. Perfect food. Report
Very tempting! Report
The chocolate quinoa bars look good and I plan to try them but sure wish they had nutrition info with them. every recipe we recommend here should have nutrition info already figured. This is a healthy lifestyle website after all not Bon Apetit Report
Will be trying some of these recipes very soon!!! Thank you! Report
Those look yummy! Report
Thank you for sharing these great ideas and recipes. I can't wait to try them! I should probably get started right away :D Report
So excited to see gluten free recipes! Report