Snack Time On The Go

My friends often comment on my out of the ordinary “snack game.” Snacks seem to have gotten a bad rep as crunchy, processed, nutrient-lacking “junk foods.” But it's time to re-think our snacking potential. Why can't snacks be full of nutrition AND satisfy our desire for something tasty? A few favorite snacks of mine include a mini fruit & veggie smoothie, bell peppers and fresh guacamole or fresh sliced heirloom tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and balsamic.In a perfect world, we’d all have enough time, a portable blender, refrigerator and cutting board to prepare delicious, fresh & healthy snacks from scratch on a whim. However, for many of use, these are far-fetched dreams leaving us confused & hungry. But fear not! There’s no need to suffer through between-meal hunger with these convenient AND healthy on-the-go snacks.Snack hunting can be an intimidating endeavor especially with the abundant options today. But don’t worry, I did the leg work for you. Perusing the isles of grocery stores I was on the hunt for nutritious snacks without funky additives. I was excited to find many new and interesting products, but was still disappointed to see sugar as a reoccurring ingredient. No wonder our world is so hooked on sweets! This made me determined to find options made whole-food ingredients & free of added sugar. Here’s what I found:


These are shelf-stable items you can carry with you on the go.

  • “Lara Bar” (at Target, Sprouts, Whole Foods & Trader Joe’s)
  • “Nothing but Fruit & Nuts” (at Trader Joe’s)
  • “R Bar” (at Sprouts, Whole Foods & many local markets/coffee shops because locally made in Tucson!)
  • “RX Bar” (at Sprouts, Whole Foods & Target)
  • “EPIC” meat bars (at Sprouts, Safeway, Whole Foods & Target)
  • “EPIC Performance Bar” – Peanut Butter (at Sprouts, Safeway, Whole Foods & Target)
  • “Go Raw Organic Sprouted Bites”
  • “Go Raw Organic Sprouted Grow Plant Protein Bar”
  • “Go Raw Organic Raw Super Cookies”
  • “Go Raw Super Simple Sprouted Flax Snax”
  • “Base Culture Energy Bites” (at Sprouts)
  • “Bare” Apple and Banana Chips with “Wild Friends” or “Crazy Richard’s” squeeze almond/peanut butter (at Sprouts or Whole Foods)
  • "Dang" Coconut Chips pair with dried fruit (at Sprouts, Whole Foods & Target)
  • Dried Fruit/Freeze Dried Fruit with a handful of nuts (Trader Joe’s, Sprouts and Target have endless options in this category. Just be sure to pick one without added sugar. Many even have pre-portioned nuts)
  • “Just Beets” (at Trader Joe’s – dehydrated beets, that’s it.)
  • “Crispy Crunchy Okra” (at Trader Joe’s)
  • Kale Chips (“Sprouts Sea Salt Kale Chips,” “Rhythm Super Foods” Kale Chips & “Brad’s Plant-based Vampire Killer” Kale Chips (at Sprouts)
  • “Seed & Bean Medley” (at trader joe’s, roasted seeds and beans. A satisfyingly crunchy snack)
  • Dry Roasted Edamame by “Seapoint Farms” (at Sprouts)
  • “Biena” Sea Salt Roasted Chickpea Snacks (at Sprouts and Whole Foods)
  • “Saffron Road” Crunchy Chickpeas – Sea Salt (at Sprouts and Whole Foods)
  • “Jica Chips” (at Sprouts & Whole Foods)
  • “Siete” Grain Free Tortilla Chips (at Sprouts & Whole Foods)
  • Trail mix. Be sure to pick one without added sugar. The “Go Raw Trek Mix” at Trader Joe’s is just nuts & raisins. Or make your own with your favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
  • “Super Seedz” spicy pumpkin seeds (at Sprouts)

Grab & Go

These are items you could stop and pick up at a grocery or convenience store.

  • Cherry tomatoes & olives (from the olive bar at Sprouts, Whole Foods or Safeway)
  • Sliced jicama sticks and Guacamole (pre-sliced jicama at Safeway, Fry’s and Sprouts, individual guacamole cups at Trader Joe’s, Sprouts & Safeway)
  • Baby carrots & hummus (“Lantana” White Bean and Edamame individual hummus at Sprouts)
  • A piece of fresh fruit & nut butter
  • Sugar snap peas and olive tapenade
  • Hard boiled egg & a Pickle (“Almark” Eggs & “Oh Snap Pickling Co.” in the deli section at Sprouts)
  • Plain Greek yogurt/cottage cheese and blueberries
  • Mozzarella stick & grape tomatoes
  • “Curried Cauliflower Salad” (at Trader Joe’s)
  • “Balela” Chickpea Salad (at Trader Joe’s)
  • "Curry Cauliflower Quinoa Salad" (at Trader Joe’s)
  • Roasted Seaweed Avocado Roll up (Make it yourself with seaweed paper at Trader Joe’s or Sprouts and an avocado)
  • Green Drink (pre-made at Sprouts in the deli department)