11 Healthy Snacks to Take on the Go


It’s that time of year again. The time of year when you feel like you’re living in your car. Dropping the kids off at school, picking them up and shuttling them to soccer, ballet, karate and swimming. And then of course there’s work, time spent with friends, and maybe the occasional manicure… if you can find the time! And somewhere in that busy schedule, you have to find time to eat. Luckily, healthy snacks are in abundance… you just have to know where to look!

Whether you’re in the market for healthy snacks for you, for your kids, or ones that you can both enjoy, Abe’s Market has the ideal thing. Take a look at some of the delicious snacks we’ve uncovered. Stash them in your desk, in your kids’ sports bags and in the glove compartment, and you’ll never have to consider stopping at a fast food joint on the way from one commitment to another.

Mornings on the Go

We all know how important it is to eat a good breakfast. And yet sometimes, between the ones who can’t get out of bed and the ones who’ve been up watching cartoons since six, it’s hard to find the time to even mix up a power smoothie, much less sit down and eat in the morning.

Gluten-free cinnamon oat clusters will definitely get the job done, provided you don’t mind crumbs on your car seats. Stash a bag of this in your desk drawer and add a bit of milk for a delicious, easy-to-make breakfast at work.

In the car, opt for single-serving choices like dark chocolate flax breakfast cookies. Your kids will be so happy to read the word “cookie” on the label that they’ll forget all about the protein and fiber in each serving. Or choose almond butter and jelly sandwich granola bars, packed full of the familiar flavors of kids’ favorite sandwiches, but with added vitamin C from strawberries, vitamin E from cranberries and protein thanks to almonds and kamut.

Gluten-Free Goodies

When you’ve got someone eating a gluten-free diet in your household, tracking down good snacks gets a bit trickier. Luckily, there are loads of snacks you can have on-hand to make sure that you don’t need to resort to reading the back of every package at the grocery store.

Single packages of these cocoa loco chewy bars are sure to come in handy — the moreish flavor of these bars is only compounded by the fact that they’re gluten, soy and lactose free. A safe treat for all!

For something with a bit of crunch, Flackers are a good choice. These flax seed crackers come in several flavors, including cinnamon and currant, dill and savory.

Speaking of savory snacks, something with a bit of crunch and a whole lot of protein is a must for the mid-afternoon, and these cheesy sprouted almonds meet all the requirements. Let kids snack on these before sports practice, or eat a few when you need a mid-afternoon boost. Or choose a Moroccan snack bar instead; the packaging is sure to intrigue, as it’s usually more closely associated with a sweet granola bar, but these savory bars, packed with pistachio, currants, carrot and ginger, are a delight.

Fruity Favorites

It’s always a good idea to have fresh fruit around as a snack, but when you need to store snacks for an emergency, go for the next best thing. Veggie-Gos are fruit leathers offering a unique blend of fruits and veggies. Flavors include berry-spinach, spiced sweet potato and apple, carrot, ginger and apple, and cinnamon spiced beet. Each leather contains all natural ingredients and is gluten-free.

You can also get your five-a-day in chip form with natural apple chips, or even dried, with dried figs — this version has added moisture, for a completely new approach to dried fruit.

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