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What are Your Favorite Grab-and-Go Snacks?

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Weekly Question

I’ve been trying to gain a little control over my snacking habits lately. Feeling uninspired and unmotivated has resulted in grabbing all of the husband’s junky treats.

So I gave myself a good talking to and Laura brought up a great idea in the comments…

Hey Roni… your example grocery lists are some of my favorite things (like the Trader Joe’s one). Would it be possible for you to maybe give us a quick rundown of a few quick-grab-and-go snacks that you pick up at the store? For some reason I feel at a loss lately… pretty much the only quick-grab snacks I buy are the Stretch Island fruit leathers, which I LOVE, but I need more suggestions. Like, what kind of nuts do you get? Are they salted?

Well Laura, as I said, lately I’ve been out of my groove, but normally I buy carrots, sugar snap peas, Triscuits Thin Crisps, popcorn, Cocoa Roast Almonds, light yogurt cups, pistachios, and of course, fresh fruit.

For some reason I haven’t been choosing these things though, so maybe it is time to change things up a little. Let’s get a good list going of everyone’s favorite snacks. Hopefully it will inspire us to stay away from the junk and try something new!

So… What are Your Favorite Grab-and-Go Snacks?



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Discussion

There are 37 comments so far.

    Dena

    October 18, 2011

    As I just finished baking a pan of brownies, I saw your post and feel the need to reach for healthier snacks as well. Frozen grapes are good ones for me. I have to eat them slowly (because they are so cold) and they taste better than when they are fresh. Smoothies made with the magic bullet (frozen fruit, splash of skim milk, ice, dash of honey) are also good. I am truly inspired by your blog. Keep up the great work!

    Reinaldo

    October 18, 2011

    Apples make the trick for me. You can have one, but two in a row? They’re so filling! I’ll dare you to eat 3 apples and try to move fast… Another good one is a milk/banana smoothie, is really filling and will keep you burping ’till next week!

    Another trick is to dare yourself to eat something “wierd”. Like, I told myself the other night “Oh, so you think you’re hungry? Then eat that tomato… like an apple”. My response was “That would make a mess!” “OK then, if you’re not willing to eat that tomato as an apple, then you’re not really that hungry. You’re just bored. That kid in the last Terminator movie went down to carrots and onions like that bcause he REALLY was hungry. You’re not hungry, really”- my point is, if you’re not willing to eat a raw floret of broccoli… you’re not really starving. You’re just bored and want to chew on stuff to fix it.

    Laurie

    October 18, 2011

    I’ve been doing a lot of fruit b/c it is no points. I made applesauce from our apple picking trip (peel ’em, core ’em, throw in cinnamon all spice, in the microwave and smoosh ’em). I also made cranberry sauce last night: bag of cranberries 1/4 cup sugar (as opposed to the 1 cup in the recipe and a bit of all fruit apricot jam). Also, I love the WW cheese stix.

    michelle harris

    October 18, 2011

    I am also addicted to the Coco Almonds, I have a dark chocolate thing. I have been loving Chobian (sp?) Greek Yogurt. The pineapple is to die for. I also always have the WW Chocolate covered raspberry ice cream pops. hmmmm ice cream.

    Stephanie

    October 18, 2011

    Turkey Pepperoni and Turkey Sticks
    I can find Turkey Pepperoni anywhere and Turkey Sticks I can find at Aldi. The protein really helps to keep me full. Also, a glass of milk sometimes does the trick.

    It’s not exactly grab-and-go from the store, but I tend to have boiled eggs and roasted chickpeas available for me. Also roasted almonds!

    Robyn

    October 18, 2011

    I love the organic Target brand Archer Farms. They have almost every kind of food, but their snacks are especially good. They have fruit peels, crackers, cookies… everything. I also really love Fiber One bars and Special K bars. I eat them daily since I have a constantly changing schedule. String cheese and Nabisco 100 cal packs are also great!

    Mary

    October 19, 2011

    Like Roni I love sugar snap peas…we also get greek yogurt, apples and pb, cottage cheese and peaches, lara bars (tho TJ’s has a good crunchy granola bar), and those individual apple sauce pouches. For an evening indulgence we really go for our JuicePlus smoothies. Lots of protein to keep you full and good nutrition from whole fruits/veggies. Blend the chocolate with almond milk and a banana and you’d never guess its good for ya!

    I would like to have more grab & go snacks available – not so many of mine travel that well, but definitely all types of (raw) nuts, sometimes I throw a packet of Justin’s Nut Butter in my purse to have on hand, and definitely apples / peaches / nectarines.

    If I have a little more time, at home, I turn them into PB&J on a Wasa cracker, or I peel a grapefruit. I would like to incorporate more veggies into my snacks but there aren’t big bags of mini carrots here in Italy – I should chop up veggies into bags 1x a week and pick from them (ah…giving myself ideas!)

    Christine

    October 19, 2011

    A bowl of cereal with light choco soy milk.

    The Orange Kitteh

    October 19, 2011

    My go to snacks have to be boiled eggs, celery sticks with Laughing Cow Cheese, apple slices and the new WW smokey cheese sticks. I usually have to keep it mixed up and different, or I find myself dreading my snack and looking for anything else I can find. Which is usually not a good choice. :) I like to have different fruits available each week, so as not to burn myself out. Right now the Cuties are good, and great to throw in my lunch bag or purse. I find that if I eat the processed stuff, I just crave more of it, so I try to stay away from those. It doesn’t always work, but I at least TRY to avoid them! :)

    Barb

    October 19, 2011

    I love to have a hand full of nuts and some green tea at night. by the time i finish the nuts and hot tea my urge to eat anything else has faded.

    I just discovered Better N Peanut Butter and I would eat that stuff straight out of the jar if I knew I could restrain myself from going through the whole thing. But you use that stuff as a dip for apples and it’s heaven!

    Adrienne

    October 19, 2011

    Apples and Peanut Butter. Yum!

    Agnes

    October 19, 2011

    Snacks are so hard for me! I always tend to over do it and with some pesky food issues (gallbladder problems and food allergies) sometimes my choices are very limited. For example I can only eat apples if I eat something else with them, which kind of defeats the point of a snack if you have to make a whole meal out of it! So lately I have been eating edamame. Also grapes are a good one and yogurt but that one gives me problems sometimes too. Nuts kill my digestive system so I stay away from those!

    janine

    October 19, 2011

    I love “Dianes frozen milk chocolate or dark chocolate frozen bananas” so great and filling. I also enjoy chocolate vita-tops toasted with either peanut butter or nutella over top. Also, caramel rice cakes with reduced fat cream cheese spread on top with some sliced apples and a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon….delicious. If I’m looking for a salty snack I enjoy hummus with pepper and celery sticks or popcorn Roni style. I try really hard to vary the foods I eat or else I get in a rut and fall way off track!

    janine

    October 19, 2011

    I have to add sometimes a simple flavored coffee or tea either hot or cold really does the trick. There are so many wonderful flavors to choose from!

    Stephanie

    October 19, 2011

    This is grab and go, but after you make it…I am in LOVE with your oatmeal cups from GLB. I have only made the berry ones so far, but the batch I made has been my go to snack for the last week and my daughter (2yo) thinks they are “cake”! Cant wait to try the other varieties you have posted.

    Other snacks are light string cheese, hummus/veggies, fruit of course, archer farms real fruit bars and popcorn. I have been trying to stay away from the uber processed stuff if possible.

    P.S. Love your site and GLB! I have been using so many recipes and they are wonderful!

    Karen@WaistingTime

    October 19, 2011

    I can’t eat either the Triscuits or those coated almonds, both are now red-light foods for me:( Too hard to moderate.

    One of my favorites is cherry or grape tomatoes. I rinse them and put them in a baggy. I will also portion out plain nuts to take along. When I travel I like protein bars.

    Tina

    October 19, 2011

    100 cal almonds (unsalted). I need 100 cal packs as a grab-and-go. I know it costs a bit extra but right now it’s worth it to me. It gives me a sense of control. My favorite are 100 cal un-salted almonds. Healthy and crunchy, and isn’t a one bite snack.

    AlisonG

    October 19, 2011

    Lately I have been making quiche cups. The protein stays with me and is good for my hair. When I started this diet my hair suffered. You can change them with any veggie you have. One point each! Popcorn most nights. Almonds sometimes but they are so high in points. I could not buy those chocolate covered ones you have, I would eat them all. I have also been experimenting with smoothies lately. Baby carrots and cucumber. Fiber bars. I think your husband should be more accomidating and not have the junk in the house.

    Jacqui

    October 19, 2011

    Those are all great suggestions, and I want to mention that I really like Reinaldo’s “trick”, because sometimes I don’t know if I’m hungry, or just bored, or having an emotional eating moment. I am going to try what he suggested tonight and see how it goes. My guess is that I usually won’t be that hungry. Although if I need a snack, I love making popcorn in a bag the way that Roni does it! :)

    Cat @Breakfast to Bed

    October 19, 2011

    sabra hummus and cracker packs. Also? smoked almonds and pumpkin granola bars. They make my life.

    Jonna

    October 19, 2011

    I like to make Mock-Apple Pie.
    Microwave 1 apple w/ a sprinkle of
    cinnamon, nutmeg and a tsp of water- till soft.
    Crush LF grahma crakers on top and a squirt of FF whip cream.
    It’s quick and delish!

    Amy

    October 19, 2011

    For true grab-n-go, I opt for hard boiled eggs, bananas, fruit in general (apples, grapes), baby carrots, yogurt, tomatoes (yes Reinaldo I eat them like an apple – when they’re in season, they’re great!), or cream cheese on bread/toast.

    Beth

    October 19, 2011

    The husband and my favorite snack is the “trail mix” from Trader Joes. It is the same price to buy the 10 pack pre-portioned bag as it is to get the big one that isn’t divided into portions. (same ounces for the same price). This way you don’t accidentally sit down and eat the whole bag (because none of us would do that…right? who? me?) They are a nice blend of nuts with a few craisins thrown in for sweetness. Perfect for that sweet and salty fix!

    Lately I’ve been keeping Greek yogurt on hand for a high protein snack. The not-so-great about it is that it has added sugar. I tried plain and plain mixed with fruit, but I can’t even force myself to eat it because it’s sour. (I don’t even like sour cream on baked potatoes or tacos.) I also keep a bag of apples at my desk at work, so I always have a healthy snack on hand. A smoothie (made with frozen fruit, Greek yogurt) is great for a sweets craving. I’ve also been freezing Greek yogurt, sitting it on the counter for 30-60 minutes, and then eating it. It’s almost like ice cream that way and takes a long time to eat. Hard boiled eggs is another good snack, although I don’t just love it. I have to be truly hungry to eat them, which is probably a good thing. I also sometimes eat sugar free which isn’t really healthy per se, but has almost no calories.

    s

    October 19, 2011

    string cheese, trail mix (the trader joe’s prepackaged ones, or i’ll combine 1/4c of cashews and raisins), fruit!, smoothies, greek yogurt, and carrots & pb.

    Camille Campbell

    October 19, 2011

    Well, since i’m counting points right now, I must say that my ABSOLUTE favorite “snack” is a (shake? smoothie?) that I make with 1 cup ice cold unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1.5 frozen bananas chopped up, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon, dash of nutmeg all tossed in the blender together. It makes me a large, SATISFYING one point shake and i ADORE it! Addicted to it… that is currently my go to snack, and it is absolutely helping me stay OP as well as it makes me feel GOOD to get whatever vitamins and nutrients i’m getting from healthy almond milk and bananas!
    *i toss in some blueberries sometimes if I feel like it…)

    Sandra

    October 20, 2011

    It takes a minute to make it but I love chocolate flavored rice cakes with a thin layer of peanut butter on top. It’s crunchy, it’s sweet, it’s peanut butter! It tastes like a real treat and the airiness of the cake + the protein in the peanut butter help to hold you over a while. I usually pair it with a 1/2 cup of skim milk, which adds more protein for fullness.

    Hilary @ The Big Weight

    October 20, 2011

    Trader Joe’s has this awesome white bean basil hummus dip that basically tastes like pesto. I’ve been having a serving of that (2 Tbsp) with 6 of their whole wheat mini pitas and it does the trick!

    Brandy

    October 20, 2011

    My new favorite is cinnamon apple sauce with craisins mixed in. The tastes of fall all together in one easy snack!

    girliefriend

    October 20, 2011

    You’ve got lots of suggestions here, and I usually grab for protein, if I’m truly hungry. But the problem probably isn’t that you don’t have good choices around you, but that you’re deciding not to choose them. One thing I do is try to keep a basket or box in the fridge (or on the counter) so it’s the first thing I see when I go cup”bored” surfing. If it’s in the box, then at least it’s a good choice if I can’t control the boredom eating.

    Christy

    October 24, 2011

    One of my favorites is Crusty or Dirty Grapes. I wash and while still wet, roll red or green grapes in SF flavored Jello granules. Once coated, freeze and store in a plastic container in freezer. I LOVE them and they really hit the spot when I have a longing for something sweet. My favorite is green grapes w/peach Jello. Yum! They taste like candy! Another favorite is crisp veggies and yougarts dip. Plain greek yougart and a package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip mix….. I combine in parts until I have the perfect combo. I also make ahead and freeze Roll Ups. A low fat/Low carb tortilla…a bit of mustard and light mayo … 1 slice cheese and two slices lean deli meat of choice. I almost always use Mounster cheese and BBQ chkn deli meat. roll up like a jelly roll and slice in half. I freeze the halves in snack baggies. If i am going to be gone for a few hrs, they defrost as I go and a few hrs later, a hearty snack with low points!

    Jennifer P

    October 25, 2011

    I’m absolutely head over heels in love with the Cabot’s 50% reduced snack bar. So far, I’ve only been able to find them at Jewel, but they are WW pts friendly and go great with some crackers or an apple. Deelish! :)

    Erika

    October 25, 2011

    The triscuit thins with salsa make you feel like you are eating tortilla chips with salsa…Low points, good crunch!

    Nicole

    November 7, 2011

    Fiber one muffins. I bake a batch of 12 and I freeze 11 of them so they are not handy or else I would eat them all. When I want one I get it out and pop it in the microwave for 30 secs and enjoy. They are only 3 points for the banana nut ones.