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Meghan Telpner’s Top 10 Healthy Snacks & Purse Foods

Posted Mar 20 2013 2:48pm

kale chips

by Meghan Telpner

I am one of those people who could likely fit a family of four comfortably inside my purse, and they’d be well fed, and entertained for days. It’s that big and that full of goodies. I know what kind of snacks I’m toting around- but what have you got? What defines a snack food? Something sweet? Salty? Transportable? I think in order for eating on the go to be health supportive and also convenient, we need to change our thinking around what a snack food is. It doesn’t have to be a fruit wrapped in a peel or bullet shaped carrots. Invest in some reliable seal-able jars/containers and you are golden. You might also like to think about getting in the habit of carrying a spoon, fork and cloth napkin in your purse.

hummus and veggies

    1. Kale Chips (of course)- high in vitamins and minerals, low in calories.
    2. Traditional Hummus and veggies and/or crackers. The small mason jars are awesome for packing single servings.
    3. Veggie pestos like cilantro, kale, or basil with dippers offers a good dose of raw veggies and protein and can also be made in advance and frozen in single serving portions (ice cube trays work well). Try Lemon Basil Pesto, Roasted Red Pepper Pesto, Parsley Pesto, Cilantro Pesto.
    4. Half an avocado and sea salt, with a spoon. You carry a spoon for yogurt or pudding, why not an avocado? Great fats, protein and low in carbs will stabilize blood sugar and keep youfueled without weighing you down.
    5. Smoothies/Fresh Juices- these are now available in nearly every food court. Make it at home or order it and keep it in a jar or stainless steel container. Best snack ever. Try Breakfast SmoothieGreen Mojito SmoothieGreen Pina Colada Smoothie
    6. Steamed veggies- no shame in green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel’s sprouts etc as a snack. Steam them up, sprinkle on some salt and away you go. If you have the fork option, drizzle on a little omega 3 flax or hemp oil. No fork- just go straight up and eat with your fingers. You eat apples with your hands. Try Basic Brassicas.
    7. Mixed nuts/seeds of course.
    8. Whole grain, nut and seed crackers. Make them yourself and load them up with your favourite veggies too. Try these Walnut Crackers.
    9. Coconut oil in hot water- like a tea. Coconut oil is a nutrient dense, short chain saturated fat. It helps stabilize blood sugar, is burned efficiently as fuel and so doesn’t become junk in the trunk!
    10. Soup. Yes! Soup in the purse. Do it! Room temperature pureed veggie soups are great afternoon snacks. Hydrating and nourishing.
strawberry smoothie

What are you snacking on?

Meghan is one of our upcoming guests for this year’s WISH Summit. Affectionately known as our “firecracker of friendliness” she’s gonna come and set a few things straight about food and healthy living! You’ll LOVE her call, so make sure you’re signed up for this year’s WISH Summit to access this interview.( It will be happening on April 2nd so don’t miss it!)

Meghan Telpner is a Toronto based nutritionista and sought after media personality thanks to her refreshingly humorous, engaging and real approach to healthy living. Her online cooking courses and health programs are improving the health of people around the world. Meghan’s book UnDiet, Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health will be released North America wide in April, 2013. Join Meghan’s community on twitter@MeghanTelpner, or on Facebook at Meghan Telpner Nutritionista. For more visit

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