Snack time ain’t just for the kiddos. There’s the late morning conference call that went on forever and the afternoon coffee crash that is not helping you to get through the day. While you took the time to pack up an abundance of delicious snacks for the kids in each of their lunch boxes, did you pack a few healthy snacks for yourself? Of course not. We always think of them first (those rascals!).
In the basic training survival guide we received upon giving birth (wait, you didn’t get it either?!?), we should have learned the importance of snacks for everything from breastfeeding to just making it through another day of work, play, work, school pickup, work…you get it.
Don’t worry. We’ve put together a list of the best on-the-go snacks that adults can carry with them and feel satisfied. We left out things like apples or other natural foods, as you already know about the ease and benefits of fruits (you lecture the kids often enough on this, right?). Our list of favorite snacks consists of pre-packaged items that you can keep in your desk at work, toss in your purse or workbag, or store in that hump in the car with the latch that always sticks, so you have a great snack on hand when the frustration, we mean craving, hits.
These are snacks meant for you; not the kids. Tell them to keep their grubby little paws off and eat their own snacks. Or, better yet, give them the apples. They need the vitamin A, C, F, or however many vitamins are in apples. They need ALL of them.
If one of your biggest desires for low calorie snacks is that they shouldn’t taste like low cal snacks, then Smartfood popcorn is the choice for you. This 40-pack of single serve snacks has great flavors — kettle corn, white cheddar, and movie theater butter. Sure as heck beats cardboard flavor like you find in most low calorie popcorn snacks.
This popcorn has no artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors. It’s completely air popped.
Each single serving pack has only 70 or 80 calories, so this snack is great for those who don’t have a lot of self-control when a big bowl of popcorn is sitting on the table. (I’m raising my hand here.)
There is one negative to using popcorn as a snack. Each bag only contains 0.5 ounces, so if you’re someone who likes to choose snacks based on how much you feel like you’re receiving per serving, this snack may not feel like you’re eating much. (May we suggest eating each kernel one at a time to make the snack last longer?)
Bumpin Blends is a cool idea, where the company (started by a registered dietician mom) creates pre-blended smoothie cubes for you in a variety of flavors and sends them to you frozen. You’d love a good smoothie filled with fruits, vitamins and all that good stuff, but you have NADA in your pantry or freezer, right? Move aside mama— simply add the cubes (and a preferred liquid) to create a 16-ounce smoothie filled with ALL the good. No fuss, no mess.
These blends are made to help with health and nutrition issues often encountered during, and after, pregnancy. Honestly, they’re so tasty, you’ll probably want to keep having these long beyond bb’s arrival.
You can purchase Bumpin Blends via a subscription or you can place one-time orders.
Now, these aren’t exactly pre-packaged put in your purse kind of snacks, but you basically throw some cubes in a mixer and you’re done. For those who are tired of the same old packaged low cal snacks, Bumpin Blends will turn things upside down.
Sometimes, simple 100 calorie snacks are the best low calorie snacks. These fruit bars definitely fit the bill. The Apple + Cherries bars each contain 10 cherries and 1 apple. That’s it. (Ahhh, the name totally makes sense now. You can’t sneak anything past me.)
Each bar weighs 1.2 ounces and has 100 calories, so it works well when you want low cal snacks, giving you a satisfying snack texture and taste. These bars are gluten free and friendly for vegan, paleo, and kosher diets.
There are plenty of different flavors to pick from, mixing apples with other fruits, in case you don’t like cherries. (Of course, if you don’t like cherries, we’re going to have to question your taste in fruit.)
Best of all, each bar has a 2-year shelf life. So when you store these snacks in a cupboard and forget about them for months and months and then suddenly need to grab a last minute snack on the way out the door, That’s It bars will still be fresh and ready.
Some people like wasabi. Some people like seaweed. Some people like shopping at Trader Joe’s. Put all of them together, and you have one of the most interesting best low calorie snacks (and you don’t even have to go to Trader Joe’s).
Each kit has six packs of snacks, and each pack contains only 60 calories, so you’ll receive a lot of flavor without putting a big dent in your diet. These seaweed snacks are gluten free and vegan.
And just think how the other parents will feel when you are eating something cool like seaweed snacks, while they’re woofing down boring old pretzels. #jealous
One of the best low cal snacks for adults is nuts. They have some protein, making them a satisfying snack, without giving you a bunch of unwanted sugar.
These Blue Diamond almonds ship in convenient 100 calorie snacks pouches, so you won’t be tempted to grab a handful out of a jar — a really, really, really big handful — and eat more calories than you intend to eat.
This box has 12 packs of nuts, giving you between 25 and 30 almonds per pack, which is a nice number for single serve snacks, and all for a great price.
And no matter how tempting, we would not suggest dumping these almonds into a bag of unwrapped Hershey’s Kisses — creating a makeshift chocolate bar with almonds — and pretending you’re still snacking healthy. You’re not. (It tastes pretty damn good though.)
These Youtopia snacks are a little pricey, but they’re fun to eat, low in calories, and satisfying.
In the variety pack of 10, you’ll receive flavors like Espresso Obsesso, Bananas for Chocolate, and So Money Honey Mustard. (That last name feels a little forced.) Each pack has 130 calories and 8 or 9 grams of protein.
This is almost like a cool version of trail mix, containing things like dried fruit, cookie protein puffs, dark chocolate bites, roasted almonds, protein infused pretzels, jalapeno sticks, and fava crisps.
These low cal snacks for adults are so fun to eat that you’ll have to protect them. Trust us. Your ungrateful kids, your snack-hogging spouse, and your so-called friends will all try to steal these single serve snacks from you. Then when a snack craving hits, you’ll be left staring at a vending machine and digging through the bottom of your purse for change, touching God knows what down there. A vending machine? We might as well be back in the Stone Ages.
If your family members cannot agree on which low cal snacks they like, this huge variety pack (seriously, the snack box of all snack boxes) is the way to go. It has fruit chews, nuts, veggie crisps, graham crackers, popcorn, and other need-it-now choices.
It has 30 snacks included, most of which have a reasonable calorie count. And who knows? You may find one or two snacks that will go on to become family favorites— you can buy those in greater quantity later on.
Now there is one potential drawback to this variety pack … at least if your family is like mine. You’ll open up the variety pack, the kids will swoop in, and they’ll spend upwards of 15 minutes digging through trying to find the perfect snack. And once one of them makes a choice, the others will yell that that was the one snack they wanted, creating a screaming fit that will last another 15 minutes. Good times.
Sometimes we just need single serve snacks that satisfy our sweet tooth. (Oreos are not the answer, no matter how small they try to make the bag.)
With the Ooh Snap bars, you can pick from several sweet flavors, including chocolate, caramel, and vanilla, and get the protein you need to workout, or to chase after the kids at the park after school.
These crispy bars have a little less sugar than a typical protein bar, delivering between 160 and 180 calories, depending on the flavor you select. Each bar has 15 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber, so you’ll feel fuller than with most single serve snacks, and you won’t be tempted to eat 10 of them to feel satisfied. #beenthere
If you feel so hungry that you find yourself craving your kids’ squeezable pseudo-yogurt tubes … well, first, gross. (You do realize they place cartoon characters on the packaging to make you forget about the taste, right?)
Second, why not try something that tastes good, that has organic fruits and vegetables, and that has never been anywhere near a cartoon character? (We’re not sure the ingredients in those tubes of pseudo-yogurt have ever contained a real fruit or vegetable.)
These NOKA pouches are available in multiple flavor combinations, giving you up to 120 calories per pouch and 5 grams of plant protein. They’re also gluten free and vegan.
They don’t need refrigeration, so they’re convenient for use at any time of the day, no matter where you are. They’re so healthy, we doubt your kids will ever be interested in stealing them from you. Another bonus. They wouldn’t eat anything labeled Sweet Potato/Goji or Cherry/Acai anyway. But we would.
When you’re done testing out all of our favorite new snacks — and you’re ready to shop for more gear, check out our other home and kitchen buying guides. Heck, you may even find something you cannot live without.