25 Healthy Snacks That Will Fuel Your Rides
Hungry between meals? These delicious options will keep you energized all day.
The days are growing longer, which means you’re often up earlier, out later, and may want to stock your bag or desk with some extra food to keep you going. Remembering to pack healthy snacks when you can hit the vending machine isn’t always easy, but that candy bar won’t keep you full for long. And eating unhealthy packaged treats day after day may add some unwanted pounds that could increase your risk of diabetes or stroke and mess up your training. Instead, stock your pantry with these healthy snack ideas that will power your miles and keep the afternoon slump at bay.
You can’t get a much better portable, all-natural snack than the trusty banana. It comes with its own packaging and is a good source of potassium for muscle function.
You should always be wary of granola bars, which tend to be high in sugar. With just 3 grams of sugar, these bite-sized KIND bars are made with a whole nut base (not granola) to give you a hit of protein, which will help you feel full and help your muscles recover post workout.
Toss one of these bars in your glove compartment, desk drawer, or gym bag for a quick snack made with simple ingredients. Each package contains two servings.
Almond butter is an excellent source of quality protein and healthy fat. These packets are great portable snacks on their own, or you can serve them with baby carrots, a banana, or an apple.
Thanks to simple and natural ingredients, this is the healthier (and organic) version of the vending machine cheese sandwich crackers. They also come in peanut butter.
For a quick, sweet treat and a boost of energy, grab a small handful of your favorite dried fruit, like mango, banana chips, or pineapple.
High in vitamin C and K and resveratrol, grapes can help lower your risk of heart disease and boost your immune system. Pop them in the freezer overnight for a frozen treat, perfect for cooling down after a ride.
You can easily prepare your own trail mix with recipes from The Runner’s World Vegetarian Cookbook but to make it a grab-and-go snack, try GourmetNut Power Up. The mix of dried fruit and mixed nuts is full of plant protein-power.
Prepped veggies can go a long way when you’re hungry and trying to make smart snacking decisions. Slice up a bell pepper, high in fiber and vitamin C, and toss in a container or zip-top bag for on-the-go munching. These also go great with a side of hummus.
Beef jerky (or turkey jerky, if you prefer) is an excellent source of lean protein. Just a serving of Brooklyn Biltong has 15 grams of protein. Jerky is often laden with added sugar, but this brand has zero, making it a smart snacking choice.
This bar tastes like the perfect PB&J sandwich from childhood. All RX Bars are made with simple ingredients listed clearly on the front label and come in a variety of flavors that can satisfy any flavor craving. The high protein content makes them a great option for postride fuel.
Instead of grabbing a donut on your way out the door, which actually is better than eating nothing at all, reach for a hard-boiled egg. They’re easy to prepare the night before but travel well, so you can have a high-protein breakfast on the go.
Boost your vitamin C intake with this easy-to-pack snack. Clementines are easy to peel and make a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up. Plus, the small size makes them a no-brainer to stash in your lunchbox or gym bag.
When done right—without the loads of butter and salt—popcorn can be a healthy snack. Try this variety, sprinkled with Himalayan pink sea salt. (Spoiler: That’s not a healthier kind of salt, but it does look pretty and feels fancy.)
Keep a family-size container of nuts—cashews, almonds, peanuts—at your desk or in your car for a heart-healthy, filling snack. Stay away from the honey roasted and salted varieties, which can add a lot of sugar and salt to your snack.
This snack with a satisfying crunch can be eaten on its own or paired with nut butter or hummus. It’s also a great way to get vitamin K and potassium, even if you’re not quite ready to jump on the celery juice craze.
You can buy fresh edamame and shell them yourself or buy frozen shelled edamame and thaw before you have to grab ‘n go. These soybeans are high in plant protein and fiber.
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Though watermelon will take a bit of prep time (just slicing), the result is a refreshing snack. Reach for it before or after your ride for a hydrating boost of antioxidants and vitamins.
Pistachios are are high in fiber and antioxidants, and can boost eye, skin, and heart health. Buy them in-shell (and sans salt), and you’ll avoid overeating by taking the time to shell each one.
Cheese is an excellent source of protein and satiating fat—choose the full-fat variety for a filling snack. Most cheese sticks are fewer than 100 calories and can help fight off hunger until your next meal.
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