It seems like I am constantly on-the-go, and with that I need to sneak in meals and snack times. Sometimes I’ve even got to eat and run just to keep up. While I’m always a fan of making my own meals and snacks, when time isn’t on my side there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are a few of my favorite grab-and-go, zero-prep-involved food options.
10. Fruchi Smoothies– These are fantastic for athletes of all ages, it’s like a Go-Gurt for smoothies. Fruchi is a Schwann’s product, so next time your Schwann man or woman knocks on your door be sure to ask about the Fruchi Smoothies. It’s no-mess, no-prep for those who like smoothies but don’t want to dig out the blender. It’s super easy to grab from your freezer and thaw while you are traveling out the door.
An 8 oz Fruchi offers one full fruit serving and is 140 calories or less. Available flavors– Island Splash, Berry Blast, Raspberry Rush, Strawberry Banana, Cherry Limeade and Pineapple Passion.
The Cherry Limeade and Pineapple Passion have no sugar added, and the remaining flavors will become no-sugar-added this coming spring/summer. I’ve also heard that Schwann’s is currently developing a Fruchi protein smoothie that will work as an excellent post-workout option. Woo hoo!
Search for Fruchi in your local supermarket in the frozen department, it’s usually set with the frozen fruit. I am envisioning enjoying a Fruchi on a hot summer day this summer to provide me some quality carbs before I head out for a run. Oh, summer when will you get here?
9. Wild Garden Hummus & Pita Chips pack – For you salty snack-lovers out there, use hummus as a healthy dip option. Hummus has skyrocketed in popularity in the past few years. This yummy bean dip is available in all kinds of flavors (roasted garlic, sun-dried tomato, roasted red pepper etc.), and is great served with pita chips, veggies and pretzels. Wild Gardens now offers the snack combo of hummus and pita chips, the perfect pick-up-and-go snack option.
8. Nesquik-Flavored Milk – This training season I’ve had a small obsession with Nesquik, specifically the vanilla-flavor. It is so tasty. I’ve got quite a sweet tooth, and so naturally I love this super-sweet beverage. I only use it solely to help fuel myself for workouts. The bottles are shelf-stable as they have been ultra-pasteurized at a higher temp, so they are travel friendly.
In the morning before my track workouts I’ve been known to sip about a ½ cup of Nesquik to give myself a “quik’ boost of carbs. Then post-workout I’ll down the rest to refuel with another dose of carbs and some high-quality protein.
7. Quaker Real Medleys – Apple Nut Harvest Multigrain Fruit & Nut Bar – I rarely eat granola bars or protein bars as I’m just not a huge fan of them. However, I got an opportunity to sample these bars and I was blown away by how tasty they were. The apple flavor is definitely the best and has a nice soft, chewy texture. Nutritionally, they offer 160 calories, 25 g carbs, 2 g fiber and 3 g protein. So if you prefer to chew your pre-workout or during-workout snack instead of drinking it, this would make a good option.
6. Planters Trail Mix Fruit & Nut – These pre-made trail mixes are convenient. The next best step is to make your own in advance using dried fruit, nuts, seeds and chocolate. They make a great combination of salty & sweet, crunchy & chewy to satisfy all sorts of food cravings and hunger pangs.
5. 100% fruit puree pouches – Fruit puree pouches have taken off in popularity not only with kids, but adults as well. They are shelf-stable and very convenient to carry along in your purse, backpack or fuel belt as they don’t even require a spoon to eat. Available in various flavors and another great option for getting in daily fruit servings.
4. StarKist Tuna Packets + Crackers – Great source of protein and omega-3s in tuna, and the packets are convenient to pack in your travel bag. Pair with a whole-grain cracker for a satisfying snack.
3. Greek yogurt – “Greek” is a hot word these days in the food industry as it’s being associated with healthy. The benefits of Greek yogurt is that it offers over twice as much protein as regular yogurt. It’s thick, creamy and satisfying. It also is easy to pack in a cooler or mini-fridge at work.
2. Dry-Roasted Edamame – If you like a good crunch in your snack, than these may be just the ticket for you. The Roland lightly-salted, dry-roasted edamame has 130 calories, 13 g protein and 7 g fiber which makes this a super-filling snack option. Mix together with a trail mix if you like variety.
1. String cheese – Every time I eat string cheese it brings back memories of my childhood. It was a staple in the family travel cooler, and now is a staple in the coolers I pack when I travel. String cheese will offer some high-quality protein, calcium and other key nutrients. It’s kid-friendly and pairs well with fruit and/or crackers.