9 Nutritious Snacks You Can Easily Eat Without Touching
Even if you’re washing your hands singing “Happy Birthday” twice and using hand sanitizer frequently, it still sounds rather off-putting right now to dig into a big back of snacks with your hands. With bite-sized snacks you have to touch to eat, like almonds and pretzels, posing a potential germ-spreading threat (assuming you’re not just un-gracefully dumping the package into your mouth), there’s no better time to reach for cleverly packaged snacks that you can devour without actually putting your fingers on them. Here are nine to try.
Nut butter is a perfect shelf-stable snack to keep on hand right now, and these individual packs are portable and ensure you stick to one serving. It might seem a little weird to squeeze the pack right into your mouth, but hey—if you’re hangry, anything goes, and the satiating fat and protein will keep you full for a while.
For an easy lunch or warm afternoon pick-me-up, these instant soup cups are as easy to make as those Cup Noodles you used to eat in college—but a major step up in flavor, and with 20 grams of protein per serving. Simply add hot water, let stand for three minutes and enjoy with a spoon (or sip right from the cup).
Dairy-free and a refreshing post-lunch or dinner treat, these new frozen pops are available in grocery stores nationwide and come in three flavors: mint chip, salted caramel and raspberry chip. Simple to eat hands-free from a popsicle stick, they’re free of the eight major allergens about 120 calories each.
First pizza crust, now oatmeal? OK, freeze-dried cauliflower seems like an odd addition to a breakfast food, but this brand has found a way to make it delicious (and lower carb than regular oatmeal) with these grab-and-go cups. It isn’t just for a morning meal, either—add hot water and enjoy this snack with a spoon any time of day, in flavors like strawberry hazelnut (top with peanut butter for an extra-tasty treat).
Stock your freezer with a 15-pack of these frozen, plant-based treats, which come in flavors like chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter and coffee and are all made with seven or fewer ingredients. They’ll be delivered straight to your door, and the whole family can enjoy them with spoons—no touching (or sharing) required.
Who says squeeze packs are just for kids? These brightly packaged, vegan and gluten-free snacks are meant for any age and available in six flavors, from blackberry to raspberry to mango-coconut. Carefully remove the top and squeeze into your mouth for a hefty dose of omega-3s, plus fiber and protein.
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Open the wrapper carefully at one end to slide this delectable cookie—in flavors like chocolate doughnut and birthday cake—out bite by bite without having to actually touch it (as a bonus, it is less likely to crumble this way!). The only downside: You can’t warm it up in the microwave while it’s still in the package. But the good news is, you won’t have to share (just be mindful of two servings in one package).
R.E.D.D. Protein Bars
The packaging on these clean-ingredient bars is so pretty, you won’t want to tear it, anyway—so open gently at one end to nibble on the treat inside. Made with a plant-based protein base, these look similar to another popular brand of protein bars but are much softer and tastier. Flavors like peanut butter, oatmeal and salted caramel are so good, you won’t believe they’re good for you.
File this snack under the “looks a little weird but tastes amazing” category. You’ll want to stock up on a 10-pack when you discover how palatable and versatile these perfectly portioned cups are—they even come with their own spoon. Good for breakfast or any time you need an energy refresh, flavors like wild blueberry, dark chocolate and apple pie have minimal ingredients and are vegan, dairy- and gluten-free.