People who are trying to eat healthy inevitably face situations where hunger strikes and an acceptable food choice is not available. For those who have health issues, such as Diabetes, Celiac or a food allergy, the challenge may even be classified as an emergency. Packing portable snacks in a purse, pocket or backpack is vital to successfully navigating long periods away from ones home turf, traveling, or unforeseen events that could otherwise become a food emergency.
Keeping children fed and happy on a day trip or while running errands is even more important, especially if they have food allergies or other dietary restrictions.
Of course, each diet and each individual has differing requirements or restriction, but here is a list of possible snack suggestions to inspire you as you plan your own selection of portable snacks.
- Popcorn, pre-popped or microwaveable. Popcorn is filling and inexpensive. Microwave packets are easy to tuck into a tote. Pre-popped popcorn can purchased in the chip section of the grocery or convenience store, or you can pop your own and packaged it in a zipped plastic bag.
- Packaged Peanuts are easy to carry in purse or pocket They can be found in any convenience store if you forget to replenish your supply.
- Praline Pecans, the Frito-Lay brand, can be purchased ahead of time and tucked in a pocket or bag, to provide a high protein, lightly sweetened, crunchy treat in situations where friends may be munching on cookies, candy bars or other forms of junk food. Many convenience stores carry them, as well as other nut based snacks.
- Sunflower seeds are as convenient as nuts, but are less likely to be allergenic.
- Fresh fruit may not fit as easily into a pocket or purse, but can be carried in a tote or backpack. They provide quick energy and can keep blood sugar levels from plummeting when a meal has to be delayed.
- Fresh vegetables, such as celery sticks or baby carrots provide some crunch and satisfy the need to munch. They are also a fairly neat option when traveling with babies and toddlers.
- Dried fruit, such as dates, prunes, apricots or raisins are not easily crushed and provide quick energy when it is needed.
- Trail mix, a balanced blend of salty and sweet, protein and carbohydrates, is designed especially to provide portable nutrition that will keep you on your feet when other food supplies dwindle.
- Dry cereal, such as Cheerios, or Chex can quiet your tummy, or a fussy toddler or baby, even in an informal church service or a doctor’s office.
- String cheese is a good choice, except when the weather is extremely hot. A good balance or carbohydrate and protein, they are prepackaged and easy to carry even in the smallest purse or pocket.
- Boiled eggs are a portable, high protein fuel in cooler seasons. Of course, if you’re actually planning ahead, you can carry a small cooler to prevent spoilage and carry boiled eggs any time of year.
- Beef jerky is not exactly health food, but it is an extremely portable source of protein that can lend staying power in an emergency situation.
People who must eat gluten free should read all packaged labels, because gluten can pop up in the most unexpected places, such as cocoa dusted almonds or honey roasted peanuts. Ingredients may vary greatly from brand to brand.
Other food allergies can make quick food choices difficult and also require careful screening to avoid such offenders as peanuts, wheat, Xanthum gum, tree nuts, lactose, or other hazards. This is all the more reason to plan ahead in order to safeguard your health without sacrificing the freedom to live your life to the fullest.
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