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Pack these portable snacks so you can nourish yourself when you're out and about.

By Jennifer Anderson
Updated July 29, 2020
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It happens: Your morning routine hits some snags, and you're forced to head out the door without breakfast. Afternoon meetings stretch into lunchtime. Or the kids have a soccer game and the only thing to eat while you watch on the sidelines are those gummy fruit bites you swiped from the team's snack supplies. Trust us, there is a better way. With a little planning and prep, you can be snacking on delicious, nutritious bites no matter where you are.

Grab and Go

Select a few of your favorites from our list of go-to grocery-store snacks to stash for when the hunger pangs strike. Our list includes seasoned roasted almonds, jerky or all-natural meat sticks, fruit and nut bars, coconut oil- or olive oil-popped popcorn, dried fruit, and whole-grain pretzels or crackers.

Make a DIY Snack Pack

When you have a little time to spend in the kitchen, whip up some of our favorite homemade bites for portable snacking. Pack them in individual servings to parcel out or stash the whole batch in your desk or trunk so you're well supplied when hunger strikes. Our Vegan Granola Bars are the perfect all-inclusive snack. These chewy bars are filled with whole grains (oats, quinoa, wheat germ, and oat bran), nuts (macadamias and pecans), and dried fruit (dates, blueberries, cherries, and papaya). Customize each batch to your taste by switching up the nuts and fruit if you like.

If you prefer your snacks to be a bit salty and sweet, our Baked Sweet Potato Chips are a good option—and they're more nutritious than classic potato chips. Wafer-thin slices of sweet potato are tossed with cumin, paprika, and just a smidgen of olive oil for a savory, crave-able, and vitamin- and fiber-packed snack. Another delicious combination? Dry-Roasted Edamame with Cranberries makes for an unexpected pair that we want to make again and again. Not your typical trail mix, this combo of super-crunchy home-dried edamame and chewy cranberries are the ultimate in satisfaction. For something so simple you'll wonder why you haven't made it before, make our Apple Chips. Healthy and so delicious, everyone will love these crunchy circles. With your nutrition arsenal fully stocked, you can sidestep the vending machines forevermore, saving money and avoiding empty calories.

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