My biggest challenge has always been having ready to go easy snack and meals that will transport and be ok out of refrigeration for a few hours. I know that healthy snacking is a crucial part of any healthy eating plan. But when your running late or the only convenient option is a bag of chips or cookies what do you do? If your not organized then you reach for the vending machine or stop somewhere that is not good for you.
As I struggle to get my weight back in shape here are some ideas that I have. My problem is much like a college student in a dorm. I don’t have much freezer or frig space, I cant really access a kitchen to cook a big meal and I cant buy a lot of ingredients. When I do buy I try to buy something that will last the week or just a couple of things (like apples) at a time.
This is a cute idea and if you can imagine for a moment all these colorful veggies nestled in a mason jar with peanut butter at the bottom! Peanut butter is a good source of Omega 3 and just a tablespoon a day will help you meet your daily minimum.
I love cottage cheese, and if it’s not for you try Greek yogurt (which I can’t stand!! lol) Of course any berry or fruit in season works well with cottage cheese, but I don’t see the black top mine would have from all the pepper I toss in there.
I like this idea for two reasons, first it is in a portable baggie and second there are individual portions of dressing and peanut butter. Most of the time I won’t get individual portions but sometimes, it just makes sense.
I keep stopping to look at the packs in the dairy section of my store of the cheese, nuts and dried fruit. At close to $3 a piece, with what little is in there I just can’t bring myself to buy it. After seeing this I think this is something that will work for me on a lot of levels. If summer ever gets here the fresh veggies will be nice and along with some cheese and crackers not a bad option! CVS puts containers of nuts on sale nearly once a month so I can stock up on that and it will store easily!
Kidney bean salad looks delicious and I know it’s full of nutrients and fiber! I just need to figure out how to make a much smaller amount to store in the frig. Will check out the grocery store and see if they offer smaller cans of the beans. I’m not a fan of kidney beans and might switch out to black beans…recipe to follow next week!
This one I can’t wait to try! It’s a burrito in a jar and it looks delicious. I’d have to do it in a small jar like that and thinking of adding refried beans in the bottom with taco seasoning added to it. Not so sure about the sour cream on top, I need it to last a few hours to be a mid morning snack or early small lunch. Might switch out for sliced avocado (yuck! but I need to learn to like them), chopped tomatoes, or more salsa. Next week we have to increase our vegetable intake for this nutrition class, this is going on the menu!
I used to do this all the time in Northern Virginia, go to the International Markets and buy lots of fresh vegetables then fill them into bags for us to eat on all week. Most times I would put ranch dressing into little containers for him to take but in the pharmacy there is no time to dip! Heck, I barely had time to grab and chomp. But it was a healthy option!
Fresh fruit to go! How simple is this? Just use mason jars again and add the seasonal fruit to the jar. I bought strawberries and blueberries for this week, however I was not about to pay over $5 for fresh blueberries so I did the next best thing. I went to the frozen fruit section of Wally World!! I got the same amount ORGANIC for $3.99…that will do! Been using them in my fruit cups and on my oatmeal each morning.
I know you have seen them all over Pinterest, homemade oatmeal packets! I love my oatmeal and I want to do this but right now is just not the time to be doing them. Once I have my own place it won’t be so bad. The packets are easy to store, quick to fix and no mess I’m out the door.
I had to add this one, it’s just too cute! I hate to throw out anything and try my best to get multiple uses out of it. This jar is not something that you want cluttering up your cabinets so wash it out and do a one time use with it for your snack! Popcorn, granola mix, grapes it all works!
Don’t forget the top picture, hard boiled eggs make a great snack! Grab a couple of those single salt and pepper packets and your all set.