10 On-the-Go Snacks (That Aren’t Chips or Candy)

updated May 1, 2019
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You’d love to eat every meal sitting down, but let’s get real — you don’t even get to sit down to put on your shoes in the morning, so the idea that you’re going to enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the kitchen table or have a weekday lunch that lasts longer than 15 minutes is not likely.

Our busy lifestyles mean that we’re frequently eating meals or nibbles while in transit. So we’ve rounded up 10 delicious (and not-terrible-for-you) snacks that are perfect for on-the-go eating.

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Whether you’re scarfing something down in your car on your morning commute, or getting in a quick snack on your walk through the hallway to your next meeting, these snacks have enough nutrition to keep you going until your next meal/

Note: Some of these may seem pricey when you look at the cost, but note that the number is usually for a bulk buy. So yes, these are indeed, fast, cheap, and healthy — depending on your budget.

10 On-the-Go Snacks (That Aren’t Chips or Candy)

  1. FreeYumm Honey Apple Oat Bars, $15 for 15 bars: Granola bars have always been a convenient choice for a quick snack or a meal replacement, but a lot of them are packed with sugar. These bars are instead packed with wholesome ingredients and nutrients that you can’t feel too bad about.
  2. Oloves Pitted Olives, $16 for 10 (1.1-ounce) packs: Olives have always had a portability problem (who wants to carry around a can opener or deal with pits while on the go?). Enter: Oloves, pre-packaged pitted olives (in a variety of flavors) in a highly portable sleeve.
  3. Roasted Chickpeas, $27 for 6 (6-ounce) bags at The Good Bean: Ditch the boring chips or pretzels that you typically shove into your mouth at lunchtime and trade up with this chickpea snack. Available in a variety of flavors (mesquite BBQ, smoky chili & lime, Thai coconut), they have as much protein as a serving of almonds and as much fiber as two cups of broccoli.
  4. Jerky Bites, $50 for 8 (2.5-ounce) bags at EPIC: If you’re looking for simple, delicious, high-protein snacks, look no further than EPIC Bites. A dairy-free, protein-packed take on traditional jerky, you can snack on bison, bacon, steak, chicken, and salmon, all while in transit.
  5. Coconut Jerky, $6 for 1.5-ounce bag at Coconut Jerky: Vegans have jerky, too! This stuff is made from coconut meat (rather than meat meat) and is just as chewy and flavorful as the real deal.
  6. Blue Diamond Almonds On-the-Go, $5 for 7 (0.6-ounce) packs: We all know that almonds are a healthy snack, and these pre-portioned, on-the-go packs make it even easier to stay on track while navigating your busy life.
  7. Organic Banana Chips, $18 for 6 (2-ounce) packs at All Good Provisions: Fresh fruit is always a good portable snack, but if you want to keep non-perishable fruit in your car, desk drawer, or gym bag, look to dried fruit chips — like these banana chips.
  8. Bare Apple Chips, $32 for 24 (0.53-ounce) bags: When you’re sick of banana chips, check out these apple chips, which are made without fat, oil, sugar, or preservatives. You know, just like real apples.
  9. Bee’s Knees Food Co. Chipotle & Lime Roasted Peanuts, $12 for 3 (3-ounce) bags: Get a quick burst of energy (and a kick of heat!) with these flavorful peanuts, which are smoky, salty, and tangy all at once.
  10. Skinny Pop Popcorn, $20 for 30 (0.65-ounce) bags: What to do when you want popcorn but don’t have access to a microwave or stovetop? You pack one of these bags, which include only popcorn, sunflower oil, and a bit of salt.

What do you pack when you’re looking for something on the go that’s fast, cheap, and healthy?