Grabbing a quick bite on-the-go can often be the downfall of a PCOS-friendly diet. When the 3 pm slump hits and the siren call of the vending machine sounds, you can be ready with these easy healthy snack ideas!
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Raw almonds make a great on-the-go snack. Buy them in bulk and transport them in your own container or Ziploc bag in your bag so you always have some on hand.
Raw almonds are preferable to roasted almonds for a couple of reasons. They have a higher nutritional value because they haven’t been exposed to heat. Almonds are often roasted in inflammatory oils such as canola or soybean, so by eating them raw you avoid this potential pitfall.
Of course, fresh raspberries are great too, but these are a lot easier to transport! These freeze-dried raspberries come in a resealable bag, so you can save some for later. They have a delicious intense tangy flavor.
One thing to note is that you should be wary of the sugar content of freeze-dried fruit. Freeze-dried raspberries have 14g per 34g (which is the whole bag). However, freeze-dried strawberries have 20g per 34g and blueberries have 25g per 34g. Therefore, consume freeze-dried fruit in moderation.
Hard-boiled eggs take minimal preparation, you can do a big batch at one time, and keep them in the fridge for when you need them. They’re also perfect to bring to work or to the gym, and they’re even pre-packaged in their own shells!
A nice ripe avocado can be opened with just the edge of a spoon, no knife necessary. A sprinkle of salt and lime juice makes this a delicious snack to get you through to the next meal. Avocados are a wonderful source of healthy fat that will keep you full for longer.
Other snack ideas:
Can of tuna
Not very fancy, but keeping a can of tuna (and a spoon!) in your bag is a great way to make sure you have something on hand in case of emergency.
Baby food sounds like an unconventional snack, but if you choose something like turkey and gravy, it’s low in carbs (2g per container) and very easy to transport.
Bananas and apples make great on-the-go snacks. They do naturally contain sugar, so, if possible, eat them with a fat or protein. For example, an apple and almond butter.
The thing that most of these snacks have in common is that they are whole foods. If you focus on eating whole foods instead of things with a huge list of ingredients, you’ll find it much easier sticking to a PCOS-friendly diet.