Six Pack-and-Go Pick Me Up Snacks

Experts tell us that the best snacks have a bit of protein for long lasting energy and a bit of complex carbohydrate for a quick boost. And a bit of healthy fat can't hurt either.

We've gathered a few of our favorite packable snacks that are easy to prepare, and perfect to munch down on even the briefest of breaks.

  1. Strawberries and whole milk greek yogurt for dipping. We like the whole milk varieties, but low-fat and non-fat are excellent, also.
  2. Shelled edamame, radishes and cilantro salad. (See recipe below.) For when you crave a crunch, thaw out some frozen organic edamame, so easy.
  3. Peanut butter and sliced apples. A classic. For a little twist, try almond butter and pear slices.
  4. Cheese stick wrapped in thin-sliced turkey or ham.
  5. Snow peas, baby carrots and sliced bell pepper with a little hummus on the side. As much as we'd like to make our hummus, let's face it, the grocery store packs are a lot easier. And they taste pretty good, too.
  6. Banana and a mini handful of pistachios.

Most of our travel nurses are fans of portable snacks, but snack packing does take a little bit of planning ahead. Here's our update on some of our picks for reusable containers for those make-ahead meals.

1 1/2 cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed and microwaved until tender
3/4 cup sliced radishes, tops removed, skin on
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or other leafy herb)
2 tablespoons light soy or tamari sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, sriracha, or horseradish sauce (optional)

Thaw and cook the edamame in the microwave, in a covered glass bowl until tender. About 2 minutes after thawing is complete. Mix in radishes, cilantro, soy sauce, sesame oil and optional hot sauce. Keep chilled. Serving size is about half a cup.

This dish contains sodium and soy. If you're avoiding those, reduce the quantity or try a no-sodium substitute. Edamame are an excellent source of plant protein and fiber. Radishes contain vitamins C, B and K and another healthy hit of fiber.

Prep Time: 
10 minutes
Cook Time: 
5 minutes