6 Dietitian-Approved Packaged Snacks for When You're Short on Time
Here are some healthy packaged snacks a nutritionist actually eats when they need something fast and easy.
Just like everyone, I have busy days and end up hungry and in desperate need of a snack. When it comes to packaged snacks, I like something with protein, fiber and nutrients to fuel my body, but also want my snacks to taste good. Picking packaged snack foods at the grocery store or convenience store on a whim can get expensive over time, and can lead to food waste with excess packaging.
There are some snacks that make the cut for me. These snacks aren't too expensive. Though some items on this list are in single-serve containers, they are worth the extra cost and packaging for me, since they will store longer and I don't end up tossing half eaten packages in the trash. Plus, they are pre-portioned and ready to go whenever I am. Whether it's to fight an afternoon craving or to keep you full until your next meal time, these dietitian-approved healthy packaged snacks are ready to grab and go for whatever your day brings.
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Bear Naked High-Protein Granola
Real Jerky Co.
Sabra Hummus Singles
Especially when you are on the run, .) That's only $1.25 per bar, which is cheaper than most gas stations sell them for, so it pays to plan ahead. My personal favorite is the Almond & Coconut flavor, which has 190 calories, 2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein per bar.
Chobani Greek Yogurt
Whether it's for a quick and easy breakfast or a grab-and-go snack, I am always relying on Chobani's individual serving Greek yogurt cups. They are super affordable and nutritious. You can buy a four-pack at for less than $4, that's less than $1 per yogurt. (Buy it: $3.96, contains only 80 calories, 14 grams of protein and 15% of your daily calcium needs. I usually add fruit and sweetener, like honey or maple syrup, myself to avoid the added sugar in fruit flavors.
Cabot Cheddar Cheese Snack Bars
Cabot cheese is always at the top of my snack list, because they make delicious cheddar. I usually buy a few individual slices, so I don't need a cutting board and knife ready every time I want to enjoy some cheese. They make 0.75-ounce snack bars that are perfect for lunch boxes, or for when you just need something small, creamy and delicious. Each bar has 80 calories, 5 grams of protein and only 10% of your daily sodium needs so you can feel nourished and full from this cute little snack. Pair with sliced apples or whole grain crackers for a heartier snack. You can find Cabot products at most major grocery stores.
We all have days (or weeks, if we are being honest) where the last thing on your mind is cooking a snack from scratch. Being busy doesn't mean you need to sacrifice eating healthy, and these snacks are proof. Plus, it can save you money, help you plan ahead and also can cut down on food waste as well. Whether it's a single serving of cheese or yogurt, flavorful granola or savory beef jerky, these are a few dietitian-approved snacks I rely on in busy weeks.