I recently wrote about the importance of slowing down. For me, slowing down also includes simplifying things to make everyday life just a little bit easier. I spend a lot of my day out of the house and instead of worrying about when and where I’m going to be able to find a healthy meal, I like to just keep a couple of healthy snacks hidden in my purse to hold me over when needed. It sounds so simple, but it really takes a lot of stress out of the day – if I’m running around working, playing with Timothy and doing chores until late afternoon, I don’t have to worry about finding and fitting in time for lunch. I can just reach into my purse for a snack to tide me over. Summertime can be a little trickier just because with the heat, I can’t carry around things such as cheese snacks and yogurt. Instead I have these key go-to snacks that I know won’t melt or spoil in the heat:
Mix My Own Cereal: I love this product, it’s such a cool idea – it’s a website where you can create your own cereal!! They have gluten free and grain free options as well. Each 16oz bag is about $10 (price depends on what you create), so it’s a little pricey, but totally worth the splurge. Makes for a great breakfast, or I put some in a ziplock bag and take it with me to snack on throughout the day.
Crazy Richards Single Serve Peanut Butter: I rely on these for long days out of the house when I need a quick pick-me-up. These cute little single servings of peanut butter are loaded with healthy fat and some protein to help get me through crazy, busy days. I’m a HUGE fan of all of Crazy Richard’s products.
Sakara Life Granola: Sakara Life has 3 types of organic granola mixes and each are equally as healthy and delicious, boasting different “super foods.” The chocolate is amazing when I’m craving something sweet. I like to keep a little baggy of their granola in my hand bag for when hunger comes on.
The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas: These roasted chickpeas are the perfect combination of salty and sweet! They come in many flavors, but my favorite is the classic sea salt flavor. Chickpea’s have a natural sweetness to them and combined with the salt, they’re just delicious! Another good snack that won’t melt in your bag 🙂
It’s Kale Chips: This is my go-to when I’m craving something crunchy with a hint of salt. These are definitely the best kale chips I’ve tried because they actually taste like chips. They also have chia seeds so you get a an extra boost of healthy Omega 3’s.
The Yes Bars: They’re called bars, but I think of them more as healthy cookies! Yes Bars are made with only natural, healthy ingredients. The base is grains and nuts and they’re naturally sweetened with maple syrup – they’re gluten free, grain free, soy free, dairy free. Each “bar” only has about 7 grams of sugar and lots of healthy fats, so Yes Bars are a treat you can feel good about eating anytime of day.
Smartfood Popcorn: I am addicted to popcorn! I could eat an entire bag in one sitting. I love that popcorn is low fat, high in fiber, and very filling for only 35 calories a cup. Smartfood just came out with a sweet and spicy delight flavor and it is SO tasty. I portion it out in little baggies and bring it on the go with me. Popcorn is a great snack when I’m anxious or just need a tide me over.
Let thy Food: I’m obsessed with these new dips! From Spinach and Artichoke to Chili Con Queso, they pair deliciously with rice crackers, veggies, pitas, you name it. They are all 100% plant based and Non-GMO as well as have zero added sugars, starch, fillers or preservatives. The founders are raising $ now for their kickstarter campaign and I hope to see these sold everywhere soon.
These tasty and healthy summer snacks are really great for preventing “hangry” moments! I’d love to hear from you, what are some of your favorite summer snacks!?
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!