5 Simple Snack Boxes For Busy People

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It’s back to school for kids, and for adults, it might as well be. The sunny escapades of summer are over, and it’s back to school and work we go. As days grow shorter, they somehow get filled with more things we have to do. During this busy time of year, it’s easy to slip up when it comes to healthy eating habits.

You might not have time to cook all of your lunches and dinners for the week, but you can be prepared with nutritious snacks to get you through the busiest of days. These grab-and-go snack boxes are easy to put together and are hearty enough to pass for a regular meal, or snack on them throughout the day. Each one is loaded with protein, fiber, and flavorful ingredients to satisfy your taste buds and that mid-afternoon rumble in your tummy.

What other snack box combinations can you think of? Share your snack box ideas in the comments.

All American

Snacking on good old cheese and crackers, and veggies with ranch dressing will please any kid, or grown-up kid. Our Healthier Ranch Dressing recipe made with Greek yogurt, low-fat buttermilk, and dried herbs is so much healthier and lower in calories than the goop that comes in a bottle that one serving is a full ¼ cup! Dunk those baby carrots and celery sticks to your heart’s content. Rolled up slices of lean deli turkey adds 15 grams of protein to keep you feeling full.

5 Simple Snack Boxes for Busy People All American

  • 8 small whole wheat crackers
  • 4 oz. low-sodium sliced turkey
  • 1 oz. jack cheese
  • 1 cup carrots and celery
  • ¼ cup Healthier Ranch Dressing

1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 orange

Tex-Mex

The slogan is right, you can’t eat just one chip. Salty chips can be a snacker’s downfall, but these healthy Baked Corn Tortilla Chips are Beachbody approved! They’re brushed with a teaspoon of olive oil and baked until crisp. We paired them with fresh pico de gallo salsa and cheese so you can build your own nachos. Crunchy red pepper slices and chunks of sweet mango give this snack box tons of vitamin C and full servings of fruits and vegetables.

5 Simple Snack Boxes for Busy People - Tex-Mex

1 green, 1 purple, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 tsp.

West Coast

The West Coast has a reputation for being obsessed with kale and wholesome junk food alternatives like these roasted chickpeas – and it’s like, totally true. Throw in some of California’s famous produce, such as raw almonds, grapes, and clementines, and you’ve got a vegan snack box with more than 12 grams of protein.

To roast chickpeas: Drain, rinse, and pat dry one 15-oz. can of chickpeas. Spread chickpeas on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking oil and drizzle with 2 tsp. olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Bake in an oven heated to 425° F for 12 to 18 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp. Makes three servings, ½ cup each.

5 Simple Snack Boxes for Busy People West Coast

  • 1 cup Kale Chips
  • 12 raw almonds
  • ½ cup grapes
  • 1 clementine
  • ½ cup roasted chickpeas

1 green, 1 purple, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 tsp.

Mediterranean

Will this snack box filled with hummus, kalamata olives, pita bread, and juicy grapes and tomatoes make you feel like you’ve been whisked away to a Mediterranean island? Probably not, but foods like these have been linked to longer lifespans, and they have plenty of omega-3s and fiber to fill you up between meals. Make snack time even better with this super simple recipe for Homemade Hummus.

5 Simple Snack Boxes for Busy People - Mediterranean

  • ¼ cup hummus
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 10 medium olives
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 2 mini pitas

1 green, 1 purple, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 orange

Nordic

For a delicious, Scandinavian-style snack, layer velvety lox or smoked salmon with hardboiled eggs and cucumber slices on Wasa crackers. Look for whole grain crispbreads with extra fiber for a satisfying snack that is hearty enough to be lunch or dinner.

5 Simple Snack Boxes for Busy People - Nordic

  • 2 oz. lox (or smoked salmon)
  • 1 hardboiled egg
  • 1 cup cucumber slices
  • 4 Wasa crisps

1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow

 

Photos by CocoJoe Productions

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