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Eat This! Not That! Healthy snacks for on the go!

As a busy mom of three I am constantly on the go running from work, training at the gym, soccer, football, gymnastics and events.  Grabbing delicious and healthy snacks is simple with a little bit of planning.  Whether you are running errands, heading to the local park, splash pad, pool or even beach; you’ll love these easy to prepare and pack snacks.  Also check below for a delicious recipe for spicy taco popcorn, great for the beach!

Don’t eat this!  Goldfish crackers, cheez-its, bagged cookies, pretzels and other processed foods.

Eat this instead!  

  1.  Pre-portioned fruit:  perfect for moms and kids alike take a few minutes after grocery shopping to portion out cut up fruit into small containers for grab and go.  We love grapes, berries, watermelon, pineapple and citrus fruit.  If you don’t like to prewash berries, store the containers at eye level in your refrigerator so you don’t forget about them in the fruit drawer.
  2. Vegetables and hummus: I do the same thing with fruit as I do veggies, cut them up into portable containers along with an individual hummus or peanut butter cup (if that’s your thing).  Family favorites include snap peas, cucumber, red/green bell pepper and cherry tomatoes.
  3. Homemade protein bites: I have an allergy to nuts to protein bars are not something I can grab and go. Instead I make homemade protein bites using oats, sunbutter, protein powder, chia seed, honey and chocolate chips.  If I am feeling crazy, I’ll add baking M&M’s. You can find the recipe here.
  4. DIY lunchkits: Cutting up some deli meat like Boar’s Head ham and turkey, sliced deli cheese and your favorite cracker like Ritz or Wheat Thins is also a great grab and go alternative and easy to keep cool in a lunch bag.
  5. Packaged snacks: Yes, we do have packaged snacks in our home because some are just delicious!  Our go-to ones include Boom Chicka Pop, Go-Go Squeeze Applesauce and Mama Chia Squeezers.
Spicy Taco Popcorn
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
1 calories
0 g
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4 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
4g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 0mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 0g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
0%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
6-8 cups of White Cheddar Popcorn
2 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp fresh or dried cilantro leaves
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
  1. 1/4 cup crunchy fried jalapenos (optional)
Measure out the popcorn and place in a large bowl
In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds with all the herbs and spices.
Once the butter is melted and the seasoning is mixed, drizzle over the popcorn.
Mix the popcorn until all of the popcorn is coated with the butter mixture.
  1. Sprinkle the fried jalapeno pieces if desired.
Notes
  1. Great spicy alternative to the typical tortilla chip!
Adapted from Gaslamp Popcorn
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Adapted from Gaslamp Popcorn
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