How to Make a Grab-and-Go Snack Box

August 10, 2017

No doubt all you Starbucks-loving ladies have seen the Protein Bistro Boxes available in Starbucks stores. They’ve become so popular that other brands have started creating them to sell in supermarkets. Making a protein-packed, grab-and-go snack box at home is easy and inexpensive. These three are between 400-700 calories, so can be both your daily snacks AND a replacement for a full meal.

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Supplies

  1. Kitchen scale: A kitchen scale is a great tool to have on hand for many reasons. For this purpose, it’s to make sure you’re sizing your portions correctly. For things like nuts, seeds, cheese, and chips, one serving is typically one ounce, or 28g.
  2. Containers: I fill a divided, reusable, lidded container with a selection of tasty snacks to enjoy alone or share with a friend (or child). These are great if you’re on the go, traveling, at your desk at work, or to keep in your fridge for portion control.
  3. Silicone baking cups: similarly to my post on Toddler Bento Box Lunches, I love to use silicone baking cups as dividers for my snack boxes. They are perfect for fitting a single serving of nuts, beans, seeds, fruits, and veggies.

So what should you put in your on-the-go snack box? I’m a fan of a well-rounded and balanced diets. Fad diets do not fit into my 6 happy food philosophies. So in my boxes you’ll see some solid protein, fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.

Step 1: Pick your Protein

We all learned in school that protein is good for the growth and repair of tissues. Our bodies also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is a macronutrient, and an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. However, it’s important to note that we don’t need a high-protein diet to build muscle. It doesn’t give us extra strength, but can curb hunger. Adult women need only about 6 oz of protein daily, or 168 grams.

Personally, I love boiled eggs, so you’ll notice they’re a star in every one of my boxes. But if they’re not your thing, choose a couple of any of the following:

  • Boiled eggs
  • Greek yogurt
  • Beans or bean salad
  • Nuts or nut butters
  • Seeds
  • Chickpeas / hummus
  • Edamame
  • Jerky
  • Deli meats
  • Cheese

Step 2: Add Fruit and Veg

I think a combination of fresh and dried fruit is great, because I like variety. I try to eat seasonally and enjoy a variety of fruit/vegetable families and colors.

Step 3: Add some Crunch or Carbohydrates

Some of my favorite ways to add crunch are actually a way to sneak in fruits and vegetables–like apple slices or veggie chips, or protein like nuts and seeds. But when you want to add some extra carbohydrates, always go for whole grains.

  • Popcorn (popped yourself with a little salt, not smothered in butter or other flavors)
  • Vegetable chips
  • Whole grain pita chips, bagel crisps, or crackers
  • Melba toast
  • Granola (I like to sprinkle Nature Valley Protein Granola on my Greek yogurt)

Snack Box 1: Teal Box

(2) eggs
114g plain Greek yogurt
60g strawberries
45g edamame
60g mini sweet peppers
30g unsalted, roasted cashews

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 505
Protein: 38g
Carbs: 29g
Sugar: 13g
Fat: 27g
Fiber: 6g

Snack Box 2: Red Box

(1) egg
14g walnuts
14g dried canberries
28g salted sunflower seeds
21g aged, sharp Vermont cheddar
21g vegetable chips
60g fresh pineapple

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 660
Protein: 21g
Carbs: 46g
Sugar: 25g
Fat: 44g
Fiber: 7g

Snack Box 3: Purple Box

(2) eggs
21g almond butter
100g apple slices
85g carrots
52g ham

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 471
Protein: 29g
Carbs: 33g
Sugar: 22g
Fat: 25g
Fiber: 7g


So what are your favorite things to snack on? What would be in your on-the-go snack box? Share in the comments below and give me more ideas!

By Kellie

Kellie is a redeemed woman pursuing vulnerability, color, and hygge. She loves to write, take photographs, play, and learn. She's a marketing specialist by day, a blogger at night... and a mom all the time. Kellie lives in Denton, Texas with her husband, Clay, and their young daughters.

7 Comments

  1. Reply

    Aktn

    Wow nice idea for a colorful yet healthy meal. Very nutritious and so fun to eat seeing those combination of colors .

  2. Reply

    Clair

    Love these ideas! I am always trying to figure out healthy snack/lunch ideas! I just picked up the BentoBox lunchbox organizer the other day, and these will be perfect for it!

  3. Reply

    Ashley

    I love this idea! We work from home, but we travel a ton and this would be SO helpful on the road. I need to get these containers now so we can make them. I love all of the things you put in them!

  4. Reply

    Heather

    I’m always looking for easy lunches to take to work. These look great!

  5. Reply

    Chelsea Padgett

    We love bento boxes, and the girls think the cupcake holders are so fun for snacks. They are such a great serving size.

  6. Reply

    Angela Milnes

    This is super useful and something I really love doing – making snacks for my daughter. Thanks for the great ideas.

  7. Reply

    Maddie

    Yum! These are great Kellie. I need to get on your meal-prep level!

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