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Healthy on-the-go snacks that won’t break your budget (or your belt)

I was reading some of the stories that the Beachbody homepage has up, and I came across one that I found to be beneficial and wanted to share it with you. Traveling for long periods of time, or even just a couple hours, you have to find ways to fill your belly when it starts calling your name. The easy solution – stop at the next fast food chain or greasy spoon that you come across. Not only will it cost a pretty penny for some not-so-satisfying food, you will feel it later (and remember, you’ll be in the car… NOT FUN). So here is a list of 7 on-the-go snacks that can be packed at home, brought with you, and are ALL UNDER 200 CALORIES!!

1. Fruit – the high fiber and water content will help keep you full longer. Prepare fruit ahead of time at home so it’s not so messy while you’re in the car – remember to pack forks, spoons, cups, or bowls. Calories per serving: 85-105

2. Kale chips – chop kale into bite size pieces, drizzle with olive oil being sure not to soak it too much, sprinkle with salt (or any seasoning you like to use), in a 400 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes and place them into bags or Tupperware containers to bring with you. Calories per serving: 51

3. Shakeology packets (of course I’m putting this on the list) – bring your Shakeology shaker cup, fill it with cold water, and shake it up! Order them at http://www.myshakeology.com/jaclynmcd. Calories per serving: 130-160

4. Nuts – while nuts are high in calories they are also full of healthy fats like omega-3s. Choose unsalted, unshelled nuts like almonds, walnuts, or cashews so you don’t have to dispose of a shell. Calories per serving: 130-180

5. Chopped raw veggies – baby carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and celery all travel well. If you have a cooler on hand you could also pack a healthy, low calorie veggie dip, hummus, or even bring peanut butter. Calories per serving: less than 20

6. Dried fruit – it is definitely higher in calories than fresh fruit, but it keeps well for long periods of time and it is better than grabbing a pack of skittles. Calories per serving: 150

7. Seeds – again, another higher calorie snack, but they are full of minerals and protein, which will help keep you full longer. Pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds can be found in almost all grocery stores, or even better, you could roast up your own! Calories per serving: 160.

dried fruit and nuts

 

 

Also – check out my blog post from Monday! The giveaway for the Hamilton Beach blender is still going on!

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