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Our Blog: March 4, 2020

Healthy Grab and Go Snacks

GettyImages-1134209757By Nicole Spain, Registered Dietitian 

Most families are busy. With three kids, my family is constantly going between school, sports, and other activities during the week and on the weekends. Having healthy snacks to grab while on-the-go is essential to stave off hunger! 

Try putting together a basket of non-perishable snack items your kids can choose from, and keep that in your car or near the door. Stock it with some of these items:  

  • Fresh Fruit – Clementines, Apples 

  • Turkey Meat Sticks 

  • Whole Grain and Low-Sodium Crackers – (my family loves Nut-Thins) 

  • Whole Grain Pita Chips 

  • Fruit/Vegetable Sauce Pouches 

  • Fruit Cups in Juice – Mandarin Oranges, Peaches, Pears 

  • Freeze-Dried Fruit – Mangoes, Apples, Strawberries, etc. 

  • Popcorn 

  • Rice Cakes 

  • Whole Grain Muffins 

  • Trail Mix, Granola or Granola Bites 

  • Olives 

You can do the same thing in your fridge and have a section that you stock with cold grab and go snacks.  Some favorites in my house include:  

  • Individual Milk 

  • Fresh Fruit – Blueberries, Grapes, Strawberries, etc.  

  • Peeled Hard Boiled Eggs 

  • Yogurt or Yogurt Smoothies 

  • Cottage Cheese 

  • Avocado/Guacamole Mini Cups 

  • Hummus Cups 

  • Cheese Sticks 

  • Fresh Veggies - Baby Carrots, Peppers, Cucumbers, Snap Peas 


If you want to make some grab and go snacks, try this healthier alternative to a traditional chocolate chip cookie.   

Oatmeal Snack Cookies 
Makes 6-8  

2 large, ripe bananas 
1 cup quick oats 
1/3 cup chocolate chips 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  
2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  
3. Place bananas in a medium bowl and mash.  Add oats and chocolate chips and mix thoroughly.  
4. Spoon onto a lined baking sheet and mold the cookies with your fingers.  
5. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.   

Recipe adapted from: