As I’m always on a mission to clean up my diet, I’ve recently been focusing on reigning in my snacking. Whether I’m in the office or working from home, it can be tempting to munch mindlessly on whatever’s around. Of course, I end up feeling totally bloated and terrible after literally eating all day.
It’s funny– when I was on a steady effort to lose weight a couple years back, I actually ate more frequently, just with better foods. So lately, I’ve been exploring different healthy snacks that are also tasty and easy to put together for packing on the go. I thought I’d share three of my favorite go-to combinations that I’ve been packing for myself lately, perfect for those looking to eat healthier or who just need convenient options.
What I find helpful in terms of packing snacks— or lunches in general— is using a bento box for portion control. I personally have a bento lunch box which has three compartments and is totally leakproof, even between the interior compartments (super important for most of my favorite snacks). Using a bento box lets you portion out your lunch and snacks mindfully to help avoid overeating. Meal planning ahead of time will also help you stay on track– see how to do it on a budget here.
You can see how much food I can still fit inside in the below “snack packs” I often assemble for myself.
Healthy Snack Pack #1: Bell Pepper, Pita, Carrots & Hummus
- 1 whole wheat pita pocket
- 2 tbsp hummus
- 1/2 bell pepper
- 11 baby carrots
This snack pack is 185 calories.
Healthy Snack Pack #2: Apple Slices, Celery, Pretzels & Peanut Butter
- 1/2 small apple, sliced
- 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 2 stalks celery
- 7 thin twist pretzels
This snack pack is 330 calories.
Healthy Snack Pack #3: Cottage Cheese, Blueberries & Turkey Swiss Roll Ups
- 1/2 cup non-fat cottage cheese
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 3 slices of turkey & 3 thinly sliced swiss cheese roll ups
This snack pack is 271 calories.
These “snack packs” are on regular rotation during the week for me. Sometimes I even eat one of these as my whole lunch and I’m left totally satisfied. Depending on your own diet goals, these could be a great option for mid-day snacking while trying to eat healthy. Remember: eating clean doesn’t mean eating less, just eating smart.
More Lunch Box Options for Packing Healthy Snacks:
What are your favorite weekday snacks?