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12 Healthy Packaged Snacks for Fueling On the Go

  • Gold Emblem Abound

    Gold Emblem Abound Freeze-Dried Strawberry Crisps

    Fruit is a great source of fuel before a workout, but it's not always practical to carry around the fresh stuff. These freeze-dried strawberries are a sweet alternative: Each bag has a 1/2 cup of fruit that was picked at the peak of ripeness, then freeze-dried into bite-size crisps. They're naturally sweet so there's no need for added sugar, and they're loaded with antioxidants to fight off post-workout inflammation. ($4; cvs.com)

  • KIND

    KIND Pressed Bars

    Pressed bars from KIND are fruit and veggie bars made from five ingredients or less (fruit, vegetables, or chia), and you won't find any added sugar here. For less than 130 calories you'll get an energy boost thanks to the healthy carbs that'll power you through any workout. (12 bard for $24; kindsnacks.com)

  • Viki's Granola

    Viki's Granola

    Say hello to gluten-free granola made from all-natural ingredients. It comes in five flavors, including Blueberry Almond, Maple Cranberry, Banana Walnut, and Apple Cinnamon. Toss an on-the-go pack into your bag to nosh on an hour or two before your workout and you'll take in about 200 calories and less than 7 grams of sugar. ($6; vikisgourmet.com)

  • Wonderful Pistachios

    Wonderful Pistachios

    "I love 100-calorie packs of Wonderful Pistachios Sweet Chili because you get about 30 in-shell pistachios per pack, and the nuts contain a trio of fat, fiber, and protein to help keep you full and satisfied between meals," says Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D. In other words, it's the perfect thing to munch on before or after a solid sweat sesh. ($8; amazon.com)

  • Biena

    Biena Roasted Chickpeas

    Roasted chickpeas have protein and fiber to fill you up and significantly less fat than nuts and chips. Each individualized packet contains 7 grams of protein and only 150 calories. Chickpeas are also high in carbs, which is exactly what your body needs before an intense workout. (10-pack for $17; bienafoods.com)

  • Sargento

    Sargento Balanced Breaks

    "My latest obsession: Sargento's Balanced Breaks. They're neatly packaged snacks containing cheese, nuts, and dried fruit, so you get a great mix of protein, fat, and carbs to keep you going," says Mandy Unanski Enright, M.S., R.D. Plus, each snack has less than 200 calories and 7 grams of protein, so your muscles will thank you for the extra fuel. ($3; walmart.com)

  • SkinnyPop

    SkinnyPop

    Popcorn's a whole grain, so it's loaded with fiber and healthy carbohydrates to keep you energized through any routine. SkinnyPop's version—with sunflower oil and just a pinch of salt—gives you a 100-calorie snack without any GMOs, gluten, or preservatives. ($4; skinnypop.com)

  • Justin's

    Justin's Peanut Butter + Banana Chips

    Other than jelly, peanut butter pairs perfectly with another stellar ingredient: Banana. Which is why the latest from Justin's is pretty stellar—the banana chips and nut butter come in a dippable package, are gluten-free and GMO-free, and contain 5 to 6 grams of protein and 200 milligrams of potassium. ($2; target.com)

  • Seapoint Farms

    Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame

    When you need a hit of plant-based protein, try edamame. The crunchy snack has 200 calories and a whopping 20 grams of protein, making it perfect for a strength training day when your muscles need an extra boost. (12-pack for $12; amazon.com)

  • Maple Hill

    Maple Hill Creamery Drinkable Yogurts

    Forget the spoon—downing a drinkable yogurt after a workout gives you 14 grams of muscle-repairing protein. This variety is made from grass-fed dairy cows, too, and studies have shown that grass-fed dairy provides more healthy fats. #Winning. ($26; target.com)

  • belVita

    belVita Breakfast Biscuits

    When you can't even think about eating another granola bar, try belVita Breakfast Biscuits. Elana Natker, M.S., R.D., says they're a perfect portion-sized snack made with whole grains, and are a good source of fiber, iron, and B vitamins. "They're great for travel when you need something quick to eat before a run or when there's no time to grab breakfast or make a snack," she adds. Noted. ($3; jet.com)

  • CLIF

    CLIF Nut Butter Filled Energy Bar

    This is exactly what it sounds like—a delicious, creamy nut butter packed inside an energy bar. CLIF's recipe is crafted to deliver both quick and sustained energy to working muscles, making it the perfect choice before or during moderate endurance activity, like hiking or biking. Plus, it packs 7 grams of protein and is made with only organic ingredients—winner, winner. (12-pack $21; clifbar.com)

 

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD is a NYC based Registered Dietitian and the owner of Nutrition à la Natalie  Specializing in sports nutrition, Natalie helps busy, active people live  More →

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