Simple, On-the-Go Protein-Packed Snacks + Giveaway

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Once again, I’ve partnered with Wonderful Halos to bring you this blog post. Right now, the brand is hosting a “Good Choice Challenge” to encourage consumers to make good snacking choices by choosing Wonderful Halos over other traditional unhealthy snacks in order to lead a healthier lifestyle. Now that it’s the New Year and cleaning up our diets is on all of our minds, here are a bunch of snacks that you can quite literally take on-the-go. With a little bit of prep, healthy snacking doesn’t get easier than this! As always, thank you for your support!

One of the most common requests that I receive from both blog readers and nutrition clients is ideas for simple, on-the-go snacks. A lot of us (myself included) are often rushing from one activity to another – shuttling kids to school, commuting to work, or cruising around town running errands – so it’s not always easy to eat well, but if there’s a will, there’s a way! And now that the New Year is here and healthy eating is on our minds, I wanted to share some of my favorite quick and easy, totally on-the-go snacks that I count on again and again. Some of them I prepare at the beginning of the week, so they’re ready to go when I am, but the other ideas are truly grab-and-go options that don’t require any planning. The majority are high in protein, so they keep me satisfied for the long haul. I hope you guys try some of these suggestions and enjoy them as much as I do!


Filling a shaker with protein powder and then tossing a couple of Wonderful Halos in my gym bag is the easiest snack ever. It’s also a great combination of protein + carbs to refuel after a workout.

At just 50 calories each, Wonderful Halos mandarins are a great post-workout snack and an excellent source of vitamin C. Halos are travel-friendly, sweet, seedless, and easy to peel and eat, which makes post-workout snacking super convenient!


I love a good snack box because they make healthy eating SO EASY, especially when it comes to quick, convenient, and portion-controlled snacking. Obviously, I love snacks, but I often find myself mindlessly reaching for whatever I’m craving at the moment, especially if I’m out and about. In the past, I’ve found myself buying whatever not-so-healthy snack strikes my fancy when I’m at that point of desperation (aka “hangry”).

If I pack a few snack boxes at the beginning of the week, my eating habits are much more on point because I have nutritious and well-balanced option already made up and ready to go. No excuses! Plus, making my snacks count was one of my goals this year! I mix and match all sorts of favorite foods and try to hit all of the different macronutrients to keep my hunger at bay. Some favorites: Grilled or shredded chicken breast, cheese, raw veggies, packets of nut butter, fresh fruit (like Halos mandarins), nuts, hummus, guacamole, and rice crackers.


Guy, prosciutto-wrapped Halos are so good!

The flavor combination of sweet and savory is so incredibly delicious. (This snack also works with deli turkey or ham.)

I also love that it’s a satisfying snack with a little extra protein and fat to fill me up!


At the beginning of the week, I’ll portion out (using my food scale) a few servings of nuts (I’m loving pistachios mixed with almonds right now) and pack them away in small plastic containers. (This would also work with plastic baggies.) I also leave some fresh fruit – Halos included – in our fruit bowl on the kitchen counter, so I always have a portable and filling snack pairing ready to take with me.


I love this recipe for Peanut Butter Protein Balls and they pair so well with Halos mandarins as a well-rounded and nutritious snack. I often make a batch of protein balls at the beginning of the week and then just grab a couple along with some Halos, and I’m snack-ready seconds later!

Giveaway time!

Here’s your chance to win an awesome prize pack from Wonderful Halos. We received the same one at the start of this campaign, and Quinn loved everything inside! It’s definitely a kid-friendly prize!

  • Wonderful Halos coupons
  • Stress ball
  • Bowl
  • Water bottle with an infuser
  • Fidget spinner
  • Lunch pail
  • Sunglasses

To enter: Just leave a comment on this blog post about one of your favorite quick and simple on-the-go snacks. I’ll randomly pick a winner next week!

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