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Healthy Portable Snacks

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It can be tough to make healthy choices between meals—especially if you’re out and about when hunger strikes. But despite the convenience of pre-packaged goodies like chips, many are packed with sugar, sodium, and other unhealthy ingredients. The good news: With a little preparation and foresight, snack time can be healthy, tasty, and hassle-free. Just throw one of these wholesome snacks in your bag.

Pumpkin Seeds
Bake a sweet or savory batch of pumpkin seeds. They make a quick, crunchy snack that’s packed with vitamins.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls
It’s easy to pack protein powder in your bag, but blended protein shakes tend to be more satisfying than any drink you can whip up on the go. To get a protein fix and some flavor without a blender, try protein balls instead. Full of healthy fats and chocolate (yum). (Recipe Below)

Dark Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls
Makes about 9 balls
Ingredients:
1/4 cup chia seeds
4 Tbsp. almond butter
3 Tbsp. protein powder (I used vanilla)
3 Tbsp. dark cocoa powder (or cacao powder to keep it raw)
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar
1 Tbsp. coconut oil (melted, but not hot)
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Additional 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling
Preparation:
Mix all ingredients together, either by hand or in the food processor. Roll the dough into 1-1/2″ balls and then roll each ball in shredded coconut. Pop in the refrigerator to set up. These will keep covered in a Tupperware in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Fruit and Dip
You don’t need to refrigerate most fruits, and they taste great with a dip like nut butter. Simply pick a fruit to dip (apples and bananas are always winners), put a few scoops of nut butter in a small container, and hit the road.

Dark Chocolate
It’s true: Chocolate can be a healthy snack. The key is to stick with dark varieties and pair it with a healthy sidekick, like clementines or pomegranate seeds. Just try not to eat the entire bar. Moderation is key, after all.

Energy Bites
You can make energy-packed delights. Fill with sunflower seed butter, blueberries, oats, agave, and more, they’re the perfect healthy treat or pre-workout bite if you’re fueling up for an intense cardio session.

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Fresh Veggies
Carrots, bell pepper, and sugar snap peas are just a few veggies that can be packed as a snack and enjoyed throughout the day. Tip: To keep them fresher, longer, store vegetables in a Tupperware instead of a plastic bag.

Whole-Wheat Zucchini Muffins
It can be tough to get the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in a day, so adding them to snacks certainly makes it easier. You can make zucchini muffins that are full of fiber and vitamins, plus they’re suitable for those who prefer the dairy-free or vegan lifestyle.

Vegetable Salads Rolls
Salad is difficult to eat while on the run, but salad wrapped in boston lettuce is great. Simply slice your favorite veggies, add a little sauce, wrap them up, and they’re good to go.
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