20 Top Store-Bought Healthy Snacks for Meal Prep


We often think meal prep means that you make everything 100% from scratch.

And if you do that, I applaud you.

But if you’re like the majority of the people in the world, you’re busy, and making every little thing from scratch just isn’t a regular thing for you.

I get it.

I’m in that boat with you.

I try to make as much of my food from scratch as I can, and then I give myself some flexibility beyond that. Eating out? I try to make the wisest decisions I can while nourishing both my body and soul (which means sometimes choosing somewhat less “healthy” options because I really want them and know I don’t get them often).

Traveling or eating on the go? I look for things that travel well, which usually means a mix of homemade and store-bought options.

Those are what I’m sharing with you today so that while you’re meal planning and prepping, you can take snacks into account and give yourself some grace for the times when you don’t have the time, energy, or desire to make everything yourself.


  1. Trail mix: pay attention to the sugar content and ingredient list, or choose ones like this one from Enjoy Life, this one from Power Up, or this one from Better Foods

  2. Roasted chickpeas, like these from The Good Bean or this variety pack from Custom Varietea

  3. Fruit leather, like these from Stretch Island

  4. Hummus & pretzels, in a combo pack like this one from hummustir, or separately like these pretzel thins and hummus singles like these

  5. Applesauce pouches, like these from Go-Go SqueeZ

  6. Fruit & veggie pouches, like these from Go-Go SqueeZ

  7. Healthy energy bites, like these from Frooze, or these from TeaSquares, or these from simplyFUEL

  8. Carrots & celery & hummus, using hummus singles like these

  9. Grapes

  10. Cheese, like this string cheese from Frigo, or these mini wheels from Babybel

  11. Triscuits (& cheese, apples, grapes, or whatever else you’d like to pair with them), like these original kind

  12. Almond butter travel packs, like these from Justin’s (to have with apples or your favorite dippers!)

  13. Clementines

  14. Dried fruit, like this variety pack from Bare (enjoy alone or with nuts for your own healthy trail mix!)

  15. Popcorn, like these snack packs from BOOMCHICKAPOP

  16. Mixed nuts and/or seeds, like these snack packs from Oh! Nuts

  17. Fruit & nut bars or granola bars with a short ingredient list, like these Larabars

  18. Chia bars, like these from Health Warrior

  19. Beef sticks, like these from Nick’s Sticks

  20. Veggie or bean chips, like these black bean chips from Beanitos


And if you do want to make your own portable snacks, these are some of my favorite recipes that don’t take too much time so you can whip up a batch and enjoy them all week!

  1. No-Bake Chocolate Cashew Cookies from Nourish Move Love

  2. Homemade Strawberry Banana Fruit Leather by Fit Foodie Finds

  3. Maple Cinnamon Breakfast Trail Mix from Eating Bird Food

  4. Roasted Chickpeas 4 Ways from Modern Parents Messy Kids

  5. Easy Hummus from Allrecipes

  6. Crockpot Applesauce from The Frugal Girls

  7. Almond Butter Oatmeal Bites from Love and Lemons

  8. Basil Pesto Party Almonds from Cookie & Kate

  9. Berry Vanilla Cashew Snack Bars from Sally’s Baking Addiction

  10. Sweet & Spicy Pretzel & Nut Mix from Food52

  11. Whole Grain Cheese Crackers from Texan Erin

  12. 5 Ingredient Granola from Naturally Ella

  13. Apple Cinnamon Paleo Granola Bars by Paleo Running Momma


Reusable plastic bags

Stainless steel travel snack containers

Bento boxes

Lunch bags:

This one from JIAHG

This one from BALORAY

This one from HOMESPON

Reusable squeeze pouches

Cloth napkins

If you liked these store-bought and DIY versions of healthy snacks, you’ll love the full-fledged course I put together to help you Master Your Meal Prep!

It will help you not only plan your meals more effectively, but prep and shop in a way that gives you more time outside the kitchen to spend with your people and reduce your stress around what’s for dinner every day!


Stop worrying about what’s for dinner every day.

Start saving time in the kitchen, money at the grocery store, and —most importantly— your sanity by mastering your meal prep skills!

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