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The 50 best foods, drinks and snacks for healthy eating on the go

Eat This, Not That! reveals their top 50 snacks, drinks and foods for healthy eating when you're in a hurry.
by David Zinczenko / / Source: TODAY

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Author and wellness expert David Zinczenko is sharing the top 50 healthy foods and snacks from Eat This, Not That! to help you make the best food choices when you have to eat in a hurry.

When we're on the go, we often don't make the healthiest food choices; after all, the most convenient foods tend to be the worst for us. However, it is possible to grab staples for your pantry and fridge that will keep you satisfied and on-track with your healthy eating plan. Just use this list!

With the options below, you'll never need to stop at the vending machine or second-guess yourself at the grocery store. Low in empty calories and packed with satiating nutrients, they're the 50 most recommended foods from the editors of Eat This, Not That! Eating better is simply a matter of making a healthier choice.

TODAY editors, writers and experts take care to recommend items we really like and hope you’ll enjoy! Just so you know, TODAY does have affiliate relationships. So, while every product is independently selected, if you buy something through our links, we may get a small share of the revenue.

1. Skinny Dipped Variety Pack, $26 for a pack of 4, Amazon

Skinny Dipped Variety Pack

Per 1.2-ounce serving: 180 calories, 15 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (5 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 7 g protein

2. Oloves Basil & Garlic, $12 for a pack of 10, Amazon

Oloves Basil & Garlic

Per pouch: 50 calories, 5.5 g fat (0.8 g saturated fat), 0.3 g sodium, 0.3 g carbs (0.6 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0.4 g protein

3. Sargento Balanced Breaks Natural White Cheddar Cheese with Almonds and Dried Cranberries, $3, Jet

Sargento Balanced Breaks Natural White Cheddar Cheese with Almonds and Dried Cranberries

Per tray: 180 calories, 11 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (2 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 7 g protein

4. Frontera Chicken Fajita Bowl, $4, Walmart

Frontera Chicken Fajita Bowl

Per bowl: 260 calories, 2.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 700 mg sodium, 36 g carbs (8 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 22 g protein

5. Modern Table Lentil Rotini, $25 for a pack of 6-pack, Amazon

Modern Table Lentil Rotini

Per 2/3 dry cup: 200 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 37 g carbs (3 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 11 g protein

6. EPIC Lamb Currant-Mint Bar, $29 for a pack of 12, Amazon

EPIC Lamb Currant-Mint Bar

Per bar: 130 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 290 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (1 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 8 g protein

7. Spindrift Strawberry Sparkling Water, $30 for a pack of 24, Amazon

Spindrift Strawberry Sparkling Water

Per 12-ounce can: 9 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein

8. gimMe Sriracha Almond Seaweed Thins, $37 for a pack of 12, Amazon

gimMe Sriracha Almond Seaweed Thins

Per package: 100 calories, 7 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 130 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (6 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 6 g protein

9. Larabar Bites Mint Chocolate Truffle, $38 for a pack of 6, Amazon

Larabar Bites Mint Chocolate Truffle

Per 4 bites: 130 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (3 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 2 g protein

10. Epic Chicken Sriracha Bar, $26 for a pack of 12, Amazon

Epic Chicken Sriracha Bar

Per 1.5-ounce bar: 100 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 400 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 15 g protein

11. Zupa Noma Cucumber Avocado Soup, $5, Amazon Fresh

Zupa Noma Cucumber Avocado Soup

Per bottle: 110 calories, 4.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (4 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 3 g protein

12. Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powder, $11, Amazon

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powder

Per 3 tablespoons: 90 calories, 3 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (8 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 15 g protein

13. Blue Diamond Almonds Low-Sodium Lightly Salted, $9 for a 25-ounce bag, Amazon

Blue Diamond Almonds Low-Sodium Lightly Salted

Per ounce (about 28 nuts): 170 calories, 16 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 40 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (3 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 6 g protein

14. Alter Eco Seeds & Salt Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters, $4, Thrive Market

Alter Eco Seeds & Salt Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters

Per 1/4 cup: 160 calories, 13 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 2 g protein

15. Barnana Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Organic Plantain Chips, $5, Amazon

Barnana Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Organic Plantain Chips

Per ounce: 140 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 135 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 1 g protein

16. KIND Double Dark Chocolate Nut Protein Bar, $28 for a pack of 12, Amazon

KIND Double Dark Chocolate Nut Protein Bar

Per bar: 250 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (5 g fiber, 8 g sugar) 12 g protein

17. Purely Elizabeth Maple + Almond Butter Granola, $7, Purely Elizabeth

Purely Elizabeth Maple + Almond Butter Granola

Per 1/3 cup: 140 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (3 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 4 g protein

18. KIND Fruit Bites Mango Pineapple Apple, $36 for a pack of 40, Kind Snacks

KIND Fruit Bites Mango Pineapple Apple

Per pouch: 60 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sodium, 14 g carbs (2 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 0 g protein

19. Maranatha Organic No-Stir Creamy Peanut Butter, $6, Jet

Maranatha Organic No-Stir Creamy Peanut Butter

Per 2 tablespoons: 200 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 65 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 8 g protein

20. Dave's Killer Bread Thin-Sliced Organic 21 Whole Grains and Seeds, $8, Jet

Dave's Killer Bread Thin-Sliced Organic 21 Whole Grains and Seeds

Per 2 slices (56 g): 120 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (6 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 6 g protein

21. Chef's Cut Real Jerky Pepperoni Turkey Stick, $30 for a pack of 16, Chef's Cut Real Jerky Co.

Chef's Cut Real Jerky Pepperoni Turkey Stick

Per 1-ounce stick: 60 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 420 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 9 g protein

22. Peeled Snacks Chili Mango, $5, Peeled Snacks

Peeled Snacks Chili Mango

Per 1/2 cup: 130 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (2 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 2 g protein

23. Munk Pack Oatmeal Raisin Spice Protein Cookies, $3, Amazon

Munk Pack Oatmeal Raisin Spice Protein Cookies

Per 1/2 cookie: 160 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 80 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (3 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 9 g protein

24. Annie's Organic Cheddar Squares, $10, Amazon

Annie's Organic Cheddar Squares

Per 27 crackers: 150 calories, 7 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 3 g protein

25. Vea Snacks Andean Quinoa and Spices, $4, Amazon Fresh

Vea Snacks Andean Quinoa and Spices

Per 18 pieces: 130 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 2 g protein

26. I Heart Keenwah Dark Chocolate Himalayan Pink Salt Chocolate Puffs, $21 for a pack of 6, Walmart

I Heart Keenwah Dark Chocolate Himalayan Pink Salt Chocolate Puffs

Per ounce: 140 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 3 g protein

27. LÄRABAR Maple Cinnamon Nut & Seed Bars, $17, Amazon

LARABAR Maple Cinnamon Nut & Seed Bars

Per bar: 200 calories, 16 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (4 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 5 g protein

28. Bumble Bee Sensations Lemon & Pepper Seasoned Tuna with Crackers, $20 for a pack of 12, Amazon

Bumble Bee Sensations Lemon & Pepper Seasoned Tuna with Crackers

Per pack (with crackers): 160 calories, 3 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 385 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 19 g protein

29. GT's Organic Gingerade Kombucha, $5, Jet

GT's Organic Gingerade Kombucha

Per 8 fluid ounces: 30 calories, 0 g fat, 10 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

30. That's It Apple and Blueberry Fruit Bars, $13, Amazon

That's It Apple and Blueberry Fruit Bars

Per bar: 100 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (4 g fiber, 19 g sugar), 1 g protein

31. Rhythm Kool Ranch Kale Chips, $19, Amazon

Rhythm Kool Ranch Kale Chips

Per 1/2 package: 140 calories, 7 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 220 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (4 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 6 g protein

32. Mission Meats Graze Sticks, $20 for a pack of 12, Amazon

Mission Meats Graze Sticks

Per stick: 80 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 320 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 7 g protein

33. Crazy Richards Pure PB Peanut Powder, $20, Amazon

Crazy Richards Pure PB Peanut Powder

Per 2 tablespoons: 50 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 g sodium, 3 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 6 g protein

34. Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, $3, Target

Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

Per 2 tablespoons: 180 calories, 16 g fat (2 g saturated), 115 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (3 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 8 g protein

35. RXBAR Chocolate Sea Salt, $24 for a pack of 12, Amazon

RXBAR Chocolate Sea Salt

Per bar: 210 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 270 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (6 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 12 g protein

36. Blue Moose of Boulder Roasted Red Pepper On-the-Go Hummus, $3, Amazon Fresh

Blue Moose of Boulder Roasted Red Pepper On-the-Go Hummus

Per 5.25 ounces: 200 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 300 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (4 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 8 g protein

37. Beanitos Black Bean Chips, $19 for a pack of 6, Amazon

Beanitos Black Bean Chips

Per ounce: 130 calories, 7 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 105 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (4 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 4 g protein

38. HIPPEAS Sriracha Sunshine Organic Chickpea Puffs, $36 for a pack of 24, Amazon

HIPPEAS Sriracha Sunshine Organic Chickpea Puffs

Per 1-ounce bag: 130 calories, 5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 750 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 4 g protein

39. Health Warrior Mint Chocolate Superfood Protein Bars, $18 for a pack of 12, Amazon

Health Warrior Mint Chocolate Superfood Protein Bars

Per bar: 190 calories, 8 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 160 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (7 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 11 g protein

40. Pure Organic Wildberry Apple Fruit &Veggie Strips, $35 for a pack of 24, Amazon

Pure Organic Wildberry Apple Fruit &Veggie Strips

Per strip: 50 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 20 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (1 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 0 g protein

41. Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP Light Kettle Corn, $4, Jet

Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP Light Kettle Corn

Per 3¼ cups: 120 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 2 g protein

42. Vega One All-in-One French Vanilla Nutritional Shake, $58, Amazon

Vega One All-in-One French Vanilla Nutritional Shake

Per scoop: 160 calories, 6 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 30 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (6 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 20 g protein

43. Good Health Eat Your Vegetables Sour Cream & Onion Chips, $34, Walmart

Good Health Eat Your Vegetables Sour Cream & Onion Chips

Per ounce (14 chips): 130 calories, 7 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 135 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 2 g protein

44. Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce, $9, Amazon Fresh

Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce

Per 1/2 cup: 80 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 340 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (1 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 1 g protein

45. Soul Sprout Cayenne Cacao Almond Butter Sprouted Truffles, $18 for a pack of 6, Amazon

Soul Sprout Cayenne Cacao Almond Butter Sprouted Truffles

Per 2 truffles: 140 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (3 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 4 g protein

46. Purely Elizabeth Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Superfood Oatmeal Cup, $33 for a pack of 12, Amazon

Purely Elizabeth Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Ancient Grain Oatmeal Cup

Per cup: 230 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 36 g carbs (7 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 10 g protein

47. Justin's Classic Almond Butter, $12, Amazon Fresh

Justin's Classic Almond Butter

Per 2 tablespoons: 190 calories, 18 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (3 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 7 g protein

48. Wholly Guacamole Classic Minis, $4, Amazon Fresh

Wholly Guacamole Classic Minis

Per cup: 120 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 240 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 1 g protein

49. Near East Rosemary & Olive Oil Quinoa and Brown Rice Blend, $3, Target

Near East Rosemary & Olive Oil Quinoa and Brown Rice Blend

Per 1/3 cup dry: 200 calories, 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 320 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (3 g fiber, <1 g sugar), 6 g protein

50. ALOHA Organic Plant Based Vanilla Protein Powder, $26, Amazon

ALOHA Organic Plant Based Vanilla Protein Powder

Per 2 scoops: 150 calories, 4.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (3 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 18 g protein

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