It seems like I never get hungry when it’s actually convenient for me. When I’m sitting at home, kicking back and relaxing, I can go hours without feeling a single hunger pang. But as soon as I leave to run errands or hit up a workout class, my once dormant stomach suddenly starts loudly growling, begging me to feed it.
Instead of waiting until I get home to sate my belly, I’ve started keeping a few shelf-stable and portable snacks in my bag at all times. The ones I rely on are small enough that they don’t take up too much space, so I still have plenty of room for all the necessities (shoutout phone, keys, wallet!). I also make sure that I include snacks that will actually fill me up, in case I’m not sure when I’m going to eat next.
The next time you’re not sure when you’ll have time to eat, stick one of these six portable snack ideas in your backpack, purse, or gym bag to be safe. There’s something here for everyone, whether you prefer sweet or savory, and they’re small and powerful enough enough to satisfy you without weighing you down.
Beef Jerky — Gimme Some Oven
Making homemade beef jerky sounds like it would be difficult, but it’s actually super simple, and usually way more delicious than the store-bought stuff. All you need is your oven, meat, and an assortment of spices and sauces. This recipe is a great introduction to the process and it’s easy to experiment with. After you get the hang of it, feel free to swap in just about any sweeteners or seasonings you prefer. When it’s all set and ready to go, pack it up in a baggie and toss it in your bag for later.
Crispy Roasted Chickpeas — Love and Lemons
Crispy chickpeas are about as satisfying as a snack can get. Chickpeas mild flavor makes them a perfect canvas for whatever flavors you prefer. They taste great savory or sweet—yes, sweet! If you haven’t already had cinnamon roasted chickpeas you’re missing out. And that crunch? There’s really nothing better. Pro tip: Save some of them for snacking and the rest for adding to meals. Just a few on top of a soup or salad will do wonders.
Vegan Carrot Cake Bites — Pinch of Yum
If you’re the type of person that would eat cake for every meal if they could (because I know I am), then you’ll love these carrot cake bites. Unlike actual cake, they aren’t made with perishable ingredients like eggs and milk, so they won’t go bad in your bag, and you don’t even need to turn your oven on to whip them up. And, like cake, they are best eaten in abundance.
Baked Banana Chips — Naturally Ella
Why buy banana chips when you can make them yourself just as easily and for way less money? This recipe requires only two ingredients—lemon juice and bananas (duh)—and not a lot of effort to make. Not to mention, you can use the recipe as a basic guide to dehydrating just about any fruit.
Gouda Cheese Crisps — Live Eat Learn
In most cases, a cheesy portable snack is probably not the best thing to keep in your bag, but this recipe proves that it can be. A quick session in a super hot oven ensures they’ll keep their crispy texture for days to come, and they’re way more satisfying than any cheese-flavored chips you’ll find at the store. There’s also a bit of shredded carrots hidden amongst the cheese, so you’ll also get a few veggies in your system while you’re at it.
Tropical Trail Mix — Minimalist Baker
Whether you’re out hiking or not, it’s never a bad idea to keep a baggie of trail mix on hand. Instead of going with the basic raisin-, chocolate-, peanut-ensemble, transport yourself with this tropical mix of mango, coconut, and cashews. Sweet, salty, and crunchy, it has just about everything you could want in a portable snack.
Looking for something to snack on right now? These six snacks take so little time to make, you can whip them up during a commercial break!
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