Healthy, Portable Snacks That Don’t Need To Be Refrigerated

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Whether it’s work, school, or a day out adventuring, packing healthy snacks can sometimes be a challenge. Many nutritious treats often require refrigeration or add ons that can weigh down your purse or backpack.

Oftentimes, this setback can cause us to reach for unhealthy treats or snacks. Cut the habit by creating your own fresh, healthy snacks at home instead. These recipes work great for adults and kids alike as they include a variety of flavors that anyone can enjoy.

Don’t let healthy snacking become an oxymoron. Choose foods instead that help fight off unhealthy cravings, and bring a boost back into your diet plans. Here are twenty snacks that are perfect.

1. Ants On A Log

Revisit your childhood with this delicious protein-filled snack. Made with celery, peanut butter, and raisins, this easy-to-make meal is exactly what you need to fight off mid-afternoon cravings.

Sweet and Simple Living

2. Rice Cakes With Peanut Butter, Dried Cranberries And Coconut

Meet your sugary cravings head-on with this yummy treat. The sweetness of the dried cranberries and coconut pairs beautifully with the creamy peanut butter, and the crunch of the rice cake.

Real Simple

3. Gluten-Free Pretzel Twists

Don’t miss out of your favorite snacks due to gluten-sensitivities. These rice and corn-based pretzels are great for those who are looking for a salty crunch with their next snack.

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Photo by JuditK

4. Salmon Jerky

Get a powerful punch of protein with this tasty dried salmon treat. Infused with garlic powder, brown sugar, and spices, this jerky has texture and dimension that will leave you feeling satisfied.

Trader Joes

5. Pomegranate Seeds

Pomegranate seeds are the perfect combination of tangy and crunchy. While these seeds are tasty on their own, they also taste great topped on yogurts, granolas or creamy ricotta cheese.

Trader Joes

6. Trail Mix

Crunchy, salty, chewy, and sweet, this notable snack is a favorite of children and adults alike. So, go ahead, and pack a bit extra. It’s going to go quickly.

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Photo by s.milne

7. Frozen Grapes

Yes, I understand that the word “frozen” requires a refrigerator. However, they can be taken on the go without worries of spoiling. After grocery shopping, places your grapes into the freezer to chill the fruit.

Once you’re ready to eat, take the grapes and place them into a zip-lock bag for a chilled sweet treat. The grapes will thaw out throughout the day and will have leave you with a cold, refreshing taste.

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Photo by USDAgov

8. Vegetable Chips

Trying quit potato chips for good? Try making vegetable chips instead. Use a light oil to flavor the veggie slices and roast until golden.

Flickr | Wing It Vegan

9. Dark Chocolate Squares

While chocolate may not sound like the healthiest treat, dark chocolate is surprisingly good for you. According to The Telegraph, small amounts of dark chocolate are known to improve your circulation as well as your heart’s overall health.

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Photo by Chocolate Reviews

10. Sweet & Spicy Nut Mix

Add a bit of kick to your snack time with this sweet & spicy nut mix. Mixed with cayenne pepper, chili powder, and cumin, these protein packed treat is great for those who need a little spice in their life.

11. Double Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Who doesn’t love a tasty muffin? Filled with healthy alternatives such as yogurt and whole wheat flour, this recipe turns the traditional pastry on its head.

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Photo by mealmakeovermoms

12. Chocolate Snack Bites

Don’t believe that chocolate belongs in a healthy snack? Think again! These simple snack bites are perfect for those who need a sweet treat that won’t break the scale.

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13. Roasted Chickpeas

Traditional nuts can get boring. Change up your snack routine by adding roasted chickpeas. It’s a delicious mix of creamy, crunchy, spicy, and salty. It’s a flavor profile that you don’t want to miss.

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Photo by GetSelfSufficient

14. Multi-Grain Rice

If you are looking to add more fiber into your diet, try snacking on multi-grain rice.  Minute Ready creates small packs that are tasty on their own, but also can be used as a part of a larger meal.


15. Cocoa, Banana And Almond Butter Wrap

Sweet, creamy treats are never a bad idea. Fill up on yummy goodness with this cocoa, banana and almond butter wrap. 


16. Barbecue Pumpkin Seeds

Trade out your barbecue potato chips for these barbecue pumpkin seeds. Same amount of tangy crunch with way fewer calories.

Chow Hound

17. Sunflower Lentil Spread With Pita Squares

Upgrade your traditional chips and dips with this creative spread. Simply blend up lentils with a few healthy additives to create a no-refrigeration needed dip. Add yummy pita squares, and you have yourself a wonderful snack.


18. Popcorn With Parmesan

Popcorn doesn’t have to be fattening. Use light, non-buttered popcorn, and add shavings of sharp parmesan into the mix. At only 150 calories, this snack is worth every last bite.

Popcorn snack in bowl . Pop corn ready to watch cinema