Reader’s Request: My Go-To Snacks + Meals On-The-Go!

Happy Indulgence Friday, bloggy boos! How are you?

Edit: It is NOT indulgence friday. Haha I wrote this post for friday and forgot to edit it. Don’t worry I am not senile:)

I am blogging super duper late today because last night was spent studying my booTAY off with help from the Padre. He is the best. teacher. ever.

So anywhos, a few days ago I participated in Katie’s bakesale to raise money for her upcoming trip to Nicaragua!

As you all know, Nicaragua holds a dear place in my heart, and I would do anything to send a friend down there to work with their beautiful people. I am so excited for you, Katie!!

I contributed my Apple Cinnamon Raisin Muffies and my Gluten-Free Raspberry Amaretto Cookies. I can’t wait to find out who the lucky winners are! If you are reading this right now and you were the highest bidder, get ready for some yumsky in your tumsky!

I wish I had been able to link back to the auction, but unfortunately I was feeling no bueno and was sleeping all day:( I also got some bloodwork done, because I am concerned that I am low on iron (anemic) again. Boooooo! Nothing an iron supplement and more raisins can’t fix 😉

Alrighty, so since I am in the library I feel like a BAMF posting right now. Aka, I should be doing my schoolwork:)

Until then, I am going to talk about some of my go-to snacks and favorite meals on-the-go. I have gotten quite a few reader’s requests for this, the most recent one being from reader Alexis:

Random question but what kind of things do you eat on the go? Like for lunch or dinner in a pinch?  I just got some Amy’s veggie burgers that I like, and I make wraps and salads and stuff, but I get bored with that stuff sometimes!!!

First of all, we all know I am a giant lover of the quinoa-hummus-raisin-balsamic bowl🙂 If you have been reading this blog for even 2.53 seconds, you know that I eat approx. twelve of these a day. It is definitely a love-love relationship.

One reader asked me exactly how I make one of these. Well, my friends, it is quite simple! Every day or two I make a giant batch of quinoa (usually black quinoa..smells like Grape Nuts:) My how-to is here) and a batch of hummus (recipe here). Lately I have been using Hemp Seed Oil or Vega’s EFA Oil Blend instaed of the EVOO, and it tastes so much more rich! Plus, who doesn’t love all of those antioxidants?!

This combo is delicious, high in protein, and gets in your carbs, healthy fats, complete proteins, and some slimming balsamic vinegar. Let’s get started!

I am not going to show you a picture because of how icky it always looks, BUT I will give you a step-by-step guide to make your first Quinoa-Hummus-Raisin-Balsamic Bowl🙂

Halt! Quick note: Do NOT use store-bought hummus for this! Store-bought is waaaay too salty and this tastes a million times better with homemade. Isn’t everything better when you make it yourself?! Nothing like the smell of a food processor full of freshly made hummus in the morning:)

  1. Grab a cute bowl. Preferably one that looks like a dog bowl, like so:Or, grab your favorite mug. Mine has Robin Hood on it. Doesn’t yours?
  2. Put a giant scoopsky (or two) of quinoa in your bowl, followed like another giant scoopsky (or two) of your home-made hummus into your bowl/mug. Do NOT do this on a plate, I promise you this is one meal that requires a bowl!
  3. Add a sprinkle of raisins (my obsession), a drizzle of balsamic, and mix.
  4. Inhale, and then make yourself three or four more of these. It will be necessary.

These are perfect for dinners in a pinch (hello, giant batches of quinoa and hummus!) and it is absolutely delicious, nutritious, and ultra-portable. I cannot tell you how many times I have dumped one of these into a tupperware and taken it with me in the car (I am a pro at eating while driving, and yes I can do it while keeping my eyes on the road!), to class, or to church.

My next favorite dinner-in-a-pinch is the salad beast. It is the most delicious and quick, complete meal in the world to throw some lettuce, chopped veggies, beans, quinoa, and some sunflower seeds in a bowl and top it with some oil and vinegar. But only in a family-sized serving bowl, obvs:)

^^ Salad bowl the size of my bootay

Many nights, I just come home and plop some veggies in one bowl, and put some grains (usually quinoa or popped amaranth) and some beans (usually lentils or hummus) in a bowl, and then top with some vinegar or marinara. Obviously a handful or two of raisins get in there as well:)

Unforch, gluten-free bread is pricy and not my fave, so I don’t use it very much. BUT, if you can/do eat bread, wraps, pitas, etc, those are great for throwing in some veggies, beans/hummus, salsa/other sauce, and calling it a day. Wraps are especially great for wrapping, stashing, and noshing on-the-go!

As a student next year, I know that tupperwares full of grains and beans will be my go-to, so for all of you students I highly recommend investing in a pair of travel utensils. They are so cute, so cheap, and environmentally friendly. Who wouldn’t want a pair of these?!

Next up is obviously cauliflower rice. Top it with a veggie burger (Amy’s Sonoma is my current fave!), quinoa, beans, and (you guessed it) hummus, raisins, and balsamic. That combo will never get old;)

Another one of my super-quick faves is Baked Falafel Balls. Quick, healthy, delicious, and full of chickpea protein goodness. Oh, and they are ROCKIN topped with balsamic. Noticing a pattern here?;)

Following this would obviously have to be my Gluten-Free Pizza for One. Because no list of yummy deliciousness is complete without pizza.

Fugly food is always the yummiest, remember?:)

Next up are my Portabello Mushroom Burgers. Douse ’em, stick ’em in the oven, read some blogs, (maybe) wash your hair, and pop ’em on a bun, some bread, or go CK-Style and plop it on a bed of quinoa, beans, and marinara!

Or, if you want a fresh-not-frozen veggie burger, make your own! In my original I used lentils and quinoa because that’s what I had on hand, but any grain or bean would do!

Or, if you are looking for simple how-to’s, here are mine on Parsnip Fries, Roasting Brussels Sprouts, and Baking a Sweet Potato. If you want to get really back-to-basics, here is a quick how-to on cooking quinoa!

Of course, there are many nights that I end up whipping together a Cookie Dough Bowl for Brinner. Not that I’m complaining or anything:)

Breakfast for dinner is my FAVORITE! Who wouldn’t want a giant stack of pancakes before bed?!

Now onto the snackety snacks!

First off, we all know about my obsession with Larabars. BUT, when I have time, I make my own. I call them KateBars. Klassy with a K, I know.

I’ve got Apple Pie, Cinnamon Bun, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Next up is Lemon Bar and Blueberry Muffin. Get excited bloggy boos!

Or if you dig the cooked kind (like Nature Valley Oats ‘N Honey style), try out my DIY Energy Bars!

Of course, if you want something slurpable, a Berry High-Protein Green Smoothie is always a great choice to get in your greens and stay full!

^^ Fugly yet crazy delicious

Whenever I need a small snack before dinner or before bed, I mix up some Micro Muffie batter and nuke for a minute and a half, then top with some almond butter. Perfect for the lazy-loo in me!

Post-workout or for a quick snack, my Chocolate Protein Frudding tastes like a dessert, but is loaded with protein, healthy fats, and absolutely no sugar. Does it get any better?!

No, my friends, it really doesn’t.

Lots of times, I have Quinoa-Hummus-Raisin-Balsamic Bowls for snackety snacks as well. I just scale down the portion sizes a bit, and voila!:)

I can always use a Mango Lassi to slurp on the way out…

Or a Chocolate Milkshake. Ya know, the healthy kind.

My Raw Chocolate Mousse also becomes an occasional snack, when I’m feeling rather indulgent:)

^^ Moooooose!

And since my Gluten-Free Orange Cranberry Cookies and Raspberry Amaretto Cookies are so healthy, I grab them out of the freezer and pop them into the microwave for an almond-butter-topped sweet snack!

Not enough yummy deliciousness for ya? Get ready for what’s coming soon!

  • Vega Vibrancy and Energy Bars, CK-Style (aka cheap and delicious)
  • More homemade KateBar recipes
  • And hopefully more dessert/savory recipes. I need to switch it up a bit:)

That’s all for today loves! Have an AMAZING Sunday, and see you tomorrow! ❤

Tell me some of YOUR favorite go-to snacks and meals on-the-go!

xoxox,

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25 responses to “Reader’s Request: My Go-To Snacks + Meals On-The-Go!

  1. Yum food all looks delish, I agree with you on homemade hummus, soooo much better!

  2. Yum yum diggidy!! So many great snack and meal ideas!! I’m def. gonna have to try your quinoa bowl-it sounds delicious!! I’m absolutely OBSESSED with hummus too so anything hummusified sounds AWESOME!!!!

  3. Emily

    yum! I made some homemade larabar type snacks yesterday, have to stop myself rom eating them all at once lol! what’s the address for your sisters blog? I tried to google it this morning but forget the name! love reading both your blogs 🙂

  4. I’m awful at eating on the go really. I normally just eat protein bars or fruit. One of my New Years resolutions was actually to eat better when I don’t have time to make food.

  5. I have actually just opened pretty much ALL of these links in new tabs!! Except the ones I’ve made already of course which were AMAZING!! 😀

    I do the home-made Larabar thing too, and that’s a fave snack! My chocolate protein milkshake is another fave, cos anything with tofu is obvs the BEST! 😛

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  8. Emily

    Best post ever!

  9. Hey!
    These recipes all look awesome! Unfortunately I am without a food processor at the moment so store bought hummus will have to do ):
    However, the kind we get is local, all organic, and not very salty in my opinion. But I can not wait for the days that I can whip up a batch of my very own!
    Have you ever tried sunshine burgers? How do you feel about them?
    Also, do you use dried beans mostly or canned?
    Do you find yourself spending TONS of time prepping food because sometimes I do. Also, storage? Do you freeze things to eat later on?
    Sorry for the bombardment of questions – thanks Katelyn!
    Sarah

    p.s. I am from Western MA and I have a few friends going to UVM and they love it! (:

  10. runyogarepeat

    Yum, your snacks are SO delicious looking! I make tons of burrito wraps or bowls with beans & a grain & veggies & lots of guac. Portable silverware is the best – have you ever seen a spork (fork + spoon)?

  11. Lots of awesome looking food! You’re a kitchen genius 🙂

    Can’t wait to see what the Vega bar kate-style will be!

    I tend to just overdose on avocados when I’m on the go—just slice off the top with a spoon, and it is its own little bowl 🙂

  12. So many yummy meals! I like making flatout wraps or overnight oats for when I am rushed in the morning 🙂

  13. quirkyrunner

    THAT was a FAB post! I just came across your blog and what a great welcome! amazingly scrummalicious looking food! I’ll be back for sure!

  14. Fave meal on the go = every vegetable known to man sauteed in a little soy sauce, garlic & olive oil in a huge ass pan that looks like I’m cooking for 20, and then add exactly one buttload (it’s a technical term, don’t h8) of tempeh 🙂 Mmmmmmmmmm

  15. befitbefabulous

    holay molay, so glad I stumbled across your blog. I love the way you write and I’m totes gonna make me some quinoa raisin bowls. 🙂 That sounds fabbity fab fab.

    oh girl, who doesn’t have an obsession with larabars. I love apple pie! what’s your fave?

  16. Errign

    New to your blog & I loved this post, especially when you said “unforch” because I think that word in my head all the time, but I always think it’s awkward to type out hahah.

    My go-tos snacks? Smoothies, veggies, air popped popcorn with nooch, bars like Luna, etc.

  17. fruit & larabars are my savior on busy days!
    btw, your cauliflower rice bowls are starting to become one of my favorite foods!

  18. ABSOLUTELY LOVE this post! Your info. on essential foods and recipes is great. i just made homemade LARA bars thanks to you!

  19. I decided that if I had breakfast for all three meals of the day, I would be the happiest person ALIVE. My favorite snacks on the go are: a big juicy apple (preferably Gala), a butt to of raisins and/or grapes, anddddddd Lara/Luna Bars.

  20. Wow. I am LOVING your blog! I don’t see any pictures of the quinoa/hummus bowl though? I’ll check your recipes page.

    So much good stuff here! Love it 🙂

  21. Holy food!! How do you have some much food in one post? Wow girl!

    I’m meshing your questions together…go to snacks on the go are usually portable fruit like oranges and bananas or something starchy like granola bars and cereal.

  22. YUMMY POST!! wow.. way too many delicious looking things on this page!! my go-to snack is always a banana with pb.. .always.. and then if not Ill eat a homemade larabar.. im saving all of your recipes!

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  24. YAY for KATEbars! 😉 My favorite on-the-go snacks are soynuts, almonds, peanut butter, etc! 😀

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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