Last week I wrote about my plan to give up snacking on protein bars and meal replacement treats. For me, these are trigger foods that don’t satisfy and leave me wanting a second or third. (9 days without and still going strong!)
As usual, you guys had tons of great snack ideas for me. (Thanks so much!)
But my problem wasn’t so much that I couldn’t come up with healthy snack options but more that I needed healthy EMERGENCY snack options. You know, no fork, no fridge required. Snacks that could sit in your backpack or purse or glove box for more than a day or two without turning mouldy and going bad. Snacks that could be eaten in the car between clients and before grocery shopping!
When I started buying protein bars, I did so for just that reason. To have healthy emergency snacks readily available for days when I ended up with too few clean eats in my cooler. Yep, it happens to me too.
Over the last week, I’ve spent several hours perusing various grocery stores and markets searching for options. My criteria?
- Each snack must combine complex carbohydrates with lean protein.
- Added sugars (and fake sugars) are to be avoided wherever possible.
- Single servings packs are preferred (although more expensive and less environmentally friendly, these aren’t every day snacks, but things I might rely on once a week)
- Refrigeration not required.
- Finger food wherever possible.
Note that numbers 1 and 5 do require cutlery; do you know how hard it is to find protein with a shelf life?
Now it’s your turn.
What would you pack in your healthy emergency snack pack?
And where do YOU buy individual servings of nut butters?