Are planned snacks part of your healthy lifestyle toolbox yet? They should be! To keep energy levels high and meal portions in check (especially during the holiday craze), make sure you’re fueling with the right ingredients throughout the day. We know to stay away from high sugar and high sodium, packaged foods, but when we’re on-the-go that’s not always easy. If you are running errands or traveling, packing snacks to bring with you to keep your day on track is the way to go. The ideal snack is something that is quick (or requires no time) to assemble,nutrient dense, and doesn’t throw off your appetite for the balance of the day. Here are some easy recipes to guide you this holiday season!

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If you are very short on time, consider unsalted nuts. Nuts are easy to store in your desk at the office or keep in your car for an easy snack in a pinch. Go with the unsalted variety to keep sodium intake in check Keeping a few protein bars stashed in your bag for a health snack on the go is a great way to keep your energy levels up. Orgain protein bars have 10 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of sugar (or less, depending on the flavor), so you won’t crash. They are also vegan, gluten-free, and do not have any GMO ingredients. Orgain protein shakes are another delicious and satisfying way to get the nutrition and protein you need to keep your body and brain fueled up for a productive day.

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Avocado is a powerful little fruit that packs a punch. Avocado has lots of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (good for your heart!), ample vitamins, and only 95 calories (per one-third of an avocado). Sprinkle freshly ground pepper, salt, and a squeeze of lemon to enhance that creamy flavor we’re all kind of obsessed with. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat that is more sweet than savory, consider the classic apple and nut butter snack. Apple wedges and peanut butter are a staple for good reason, but cashew butter or almond butter are equally as delicious. Smoothies are a great snack due to their portability and flexible ingredients. To ensure your body gets the vitamins, protein, and calories it needs to keep your performance up, try Orgain’s plant based protein powder. Our protein powder is USDA certified organic, comes in six different flavors, has 21 grams of protein, and has only 140-150 calories per serving, making it the perfect thing to add to smoothies for a more robust snack. Simply pop your favorite smoothie ingredients, like your choice of cut-up fruit, Orgain’s vanilla almond milk, ice, and Orgain’s protein powder, into your blender for a speedy quick, healthy snack that can accommodate your hectic schedule. For tasty smoothie ideas, check out our favorite fall smoothie recipes, or our veggie smoothie recipes. How about a healthy latte? If you’re looking for a light and nutritious pick-me-up that feels like a special treat,  our pumpkin spice protein latte or Superfoods cocoa latte recipes are warming ways to get in a little extra nutrition. Consider skipping the coffee shop lines this holiday season and whip up your own cozy treats. It’s a great way to have a little extra control over ingredient quality and calorie intake, while still getting in those seasonal flavors we all love. A good snack can make or break your day, so this holiday season, plan for quality, healthy snacks to keep your brain and body going strong. Here’s another great recipe to get you started!

Peanut Butter Protein Popcorn

INGREDIENTS 1 bag of Organic Microwavable Popcorn 1 Scoop Orgain Peanut Butter Powder   DIRECTIONS Pop popcorn as instructed on package. Open and add one scoop of Orgain Peanut Butter Plant Based Protein Powder. Hold bag closed and shake until popcorn is dusted with protein powder. If your popcorn does not have any salt added, sprinkle with salt and enjoy!