Purse friendly snacks are a must for me no matter where I go. You never know when you’ll run into like a vehicle breakdown, a late night out with friends, or a lengthy shopping trip that leaves you hungry and jittery. Enter purse friendly snacks! In just a few minutes, you’ll have a healthy snack to munch on to lower your blood sugar, give your body some metabolic fuel, and keep you from getting hangry (my little term for hungry and angry!) You don’t just want to throw in any old energy bar, or a candybar to your purse though. Be sure you keep purse friendly snacks in there instead. What does purse friendly mean? It means they hold up well in a variety of temperatures, they’re healthy for you, contain a bit of protein and fiber, have no added sugars, and of course, they’re tasty! Here are some of my purse friendly snacks, but be sure to let me know if you have any too!
1. Raw Almonds
Raw almonds would be my top choice of all my purse friendly snacks, or at least outside of dark chocolate! I like Blue Diamonds natural almonds, which you can get plain, or in fun flavors like cocoa roasted. These also come in handy little grab and go 100 calorie packets which are helpful, or you can buy them in a heat stable tin for keeping in your car's glove compartment. Raw almonds contain fiber, protein, no sugar, magnesium, and B vitamins. All of these factors help boost your mood, metabolism, and your energy all in a few delicious, crunchy bites.
2. Dark Chocolate
As I already said, my top purse friendly snack is dark chocolate. It will melt in hot temps, but overall does well unless you leave your purse in the car in the middle of summer. I like raw cacao paste, which is chopped 100% dark chocolate or you can just choose a healthy dark chocolate bar. Eat one ounce a day, and feel the stress melt away! Dark chocolate also contains a healthy amount of probiotics, which many people don’t know. It has also been found to help women lose weight, even if they’re not dieting, by warding off sugar cravings, high blood sugar, improving the mood, and preventing overeating at meals. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need any more convincing, do you?
Overall, Larabars are incredibly healthy for you. They do contain a good bit of natural sugar, but they are mostly raw and very minimally processed. Most of them all have nothing more than dried fruit and nuts, plus natural food-based flavors like vanilla, cinnamon,etc. They are also full of potassium, fiber, and the nuts in Larabars help balance out your blood sugar. I like to eat Larabars before I workout on the go, or sometimes when I’ve got a long day of errands ahead of me. They even make mini bars you can keep in your purse.
4. ThinkThin Protein Bars
Okay, so this is technically one of the most processed purse-friendly snacks out there, but it does keep well, and is also non-GMO, high in protein, and sugar-free. They’re also sold at Whole Foods, which shows they are the more decent protein bars out of the bunch on the market these days. Since they’re non-GMO, the soy in thinkThin bars is less processed and a bit more healthier for you than other bars.They keep you full a really long time and don’t bother any sensitivities to dairy or gluten. Plus, they’re incredibly tasty! You can find them in most supermarkets, online, or at natural health food stores like Whole Foods.
5. Nut Butter Packs
Another one of my favorite purse friendly snacks these days is Artisana nut butter packs. They come in a variety of flavors, but my favorites are coconut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, and cacao butter. They’re amazingly delicious, raw, have no preservatives, and are 100% certified organic. They’re also salt-free. You can find them at health food stores, or order them online. Just open up a pack on the go, squeeze in your mouth, or spread it on a banana or apple. They cost a bit more than the jars of nut butters do per serving, but are worth the convenience for keeping them in your purse.
6. Homemade Energy Bites
These are like a homemade version of Larabars you can wrap up and keep in your fridge for on-the-go purposes. Use whatever nuts, seeds, dried fruit and flavorings you like. Then, just process them in a food processor, scoop out the dough, and form into balls or bite sized squares. I like to go ahead and package mine up in little Ziploc baggies for on-the go convenience too. My personal favorite recipe is one made with hemp seeds, cacao, chia, coconut shreds, figs, almonds, and cinnamon.
Never ever forget the humble banana when it comes to purse friendly snacks. I don’t typically go for fruit too often for a snack, but bananas can actually be pretty filling, and especially energizing on-the-go. Choose the more yellow varieties for a lower glycemic spike, since they aren’t quite as sweet as the browned bananas are. Plus, bananas come with their own little nature-made package. What more can you ask for in terms of cost and convenience?
Purse friendly snacks can prevent overeating at your meals, and are especially important if you have long days at the office. Those vending machine snacks aren’t your friends ladies! Do you have some purse-friendly snacks I should be aware of? What are they?