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Healthy Snacking On the Go

Portable Healthy Snacks for Work or Travel


Updated February 15, 2014

To keep your metabolism going strong and to prevent overeating, it's important to have a healthy snack around every three to four hours. If you are at home, it's fairly easy, but what about everywhere else? Here are some ideas for portable healthy snacks:


In Your Car:


  • Almonds (unsalted preferably)
  • Animal crackers
  • Fruit snacks
  • Graham crackers
  • Mixed nuts
  • Trail mix


Your Desk Drawer at the Office:


  • Canned fruit
  • Fruit (apples will store the best)
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Canned shakes (e.g. Carnation Instant Breakfast, Slim-Fast)
  • Microwave soup cups (broth-based and low sodium preferably)
  • Peanut butter and whole grain crackers


In the Mini-Fridge at the Office:


  • Egg (hard-boiled ahead of time)
  • Low-fat or non-fat yogurt
  • Single serving orange juice bottles
  • Single serving tomato juice cans
  • Reduced-fat pudding packs
  • Sliced veggies and reduced-fat salad dressing


In Your Purse or Backpack:


  • Baked or reduced-fat potato chips in a zipper bag
  • Baked tortilla chips in a zipper bag
  • Cereal (low sugar preferably) in a zipper bag
  • Cereal bar
  • Granola bar
  • Mixed nuts in a zipper bag
  • Popcorn (preferably air-popped) in a zipper bag
  • Pretzels in a zipper bag
  • Raisin mini boxes
To find out how many calories are in your favorite snack foods, check out About.com's Calorie Count.
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