It’s officially that time of year again! Long, lazy summer days are quickly morphing into packed schedules and never-ending to-do lists. There’s no other way to put this: back to school season is busy whether you’re doing everything you can to help your little ones start the school year off strong, or you’re juggling your own academic schedule with work and other obligations. Despite the hectic times ahead, one thing we know for sure when leaving the house each morning is to have an arsenal of healthy snacks at the ready in order to stay energized throughout the day.
Below are our favorite grab-and-go snacks that take less than five minutes to prepare! Each contains a good balance of healthy fats and protein to fill you up and satisfy cravings, and can easily go with you to work or with your kids to school. Best of all, they’re super easy to munch on while you’re multitasking (because – let’s face it – most of us are usually focusing on about a dozen other priorities while scarfing down whatever food we’ve prepared).
Sweet and Natural Trail Mix
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 1 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tsp. cacao nibs
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Combine all the ingredients in a snack bag, seal and shake to combine. For added flavor, toast the almonds ahead of time in a nonstick skillet for about 5-10 minutes until they release their aroma.
Loaded Baby Peppers
- 4 baby peppers
- 2 tbsp. hummus, any flavor (we love these with roasted garlic hummus)
Cut the top and stem off of the baby peppers and remove any seeds with a paring knife. Spoon about a 1/2 tbsp. hummus into each of the peppers to enjoy your veggies and dip without having to carry around separate containers for both!
Turkey Avocado Roll-Ups
- 1/4 avocado, sliced
- 4-5 slices turkey breast
Place an avocado slice on top of a turkey slice, and then roll the turkey up so the avocado is nicely tucked inside. Repeat for the rest of the avocado and turkey.
Stuffed Medjool Dates
- 3-4 pitted Medjool dates
- 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
Slice each date down the center and remove the pits. In place of the pit, spoon a small dollop (about a 1/2 tbsp.) of natural peanut butter, then pinch the sides of the date back together to seal it in.
Creamy Cucumber Stacks
- 1/2 seedless cucumber, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
- 1-2 tbsp. honey goat cheese (if you can’t find this, you can easily make your own by spooning some plain goat cheese into a bowl and drizzling a little honey over it, then mixing the two together)
Place about a 1/2 tsp. of the honey goat cheese on a cucumber round, then top the goat cheese with another cucumber round for a bite-sized, crunchy sandwich.
Now it’s your turn! Let us know what your go-to snacks are in the comments below.