Known for the Kindle, Firestick, and a multitude of other electronics – Amazon is surely the world’s largest online marketplace for books, clothing, and well, food! Since partnering with Whole Foods, Amazon Pantry sells a multitude of options and today, I’m sharing my top 10 favorites. The best part? Each is shelf-stable, making it a convenient option when on-the-go or between rehearsals. Stay fueled and stock your dance bag with these must-haves:
Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame Packs
But what is edamame?.. They are soybeans! A fiber-filled vegan protein source which makes these roasted edamame packs the perfect snack to keep a busy dancer feeling full throughout long rehearsal days. Soybeans are packed with iron and calcium, two essential minerals that females are commonly deficient in but are beneficial for our bone and blood health. Keep a single serving size pack in your dance bag to snack on plain or mix in with trail mix for an added crunch.
Noosh Almond Butter Packets
The Noosh Almond Butter packets are a convenient addition to any meal or snack such as pretzels, fruit, or a piece of toast. Each packet is high in heart-healthy fats since Vitamin E and DHA omega-3 fatty acids are added. Try their chocolate and cupcakes flavors to switch up your snack game.
Bob’s Oatmeal Cups
Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal Cups are the ultimate on the go breakfast made with old fashioned oats, flax and chia seeds providing 8 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein to keep you energized throughout the day. Plus these oats are easy to prepare – simply add hot water and take it to go. Want to spice it up? Check out the apple and cinnamon, blueberry and hazelnut, brown sugar and maple flavors or enjoy the original cup with your favorite fruit on top.
Stretch Island Fruit Leathers
The Stretch Island brand of fruit leathers are composed of ¼ cup of fruit puree per serving and is free of added sugars. To satisfy a sweet tooth, pair these fruit leathers with nuts containing omega-3 fatty acids to help you feel full and satisfied.
Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars
Nature Bakery fig bars use whole wheat and figs as the base ingredients for these fiber-filled soft-baked snacks. Gluten-free? The company also produces a wheat-free version that is also made from wholesome plant-based ingredients. Make these bars even better by spreading on nut butter or crumbling on top of a yogurt parfait.
GoGo Squeeze Applesauce
The packaging of GoGo Squeeze applesauce makes snacking between rehearsals a breeze – you don’t even need a spoon! The company sells original applesauce along with other fruit purees such as apple berry and apple peach. Applesauce makes a great side addition for meals on the go plus this product is a classic recipe containing only apples, apple puree concentrate, and lemon juice.
Pitted and dried dates are a shelf-stable fruit that can be mixed into a trail mix or blended with oats, nut butter, flax seeds, and shredded coconut to make a delicious and nutritious bite-sized treat. Soft, chewy, and caramel tasting, dates will add a hint of sweetness to smoothies, baked goods, and other recipes. Medjool dates are a rich source of antioxidants, in fact studies have linked the high falvoidnoid content with lower inflammation and increased brain function (1).
The American Heart Association recommends to eat 2 servings of fish each week. And catch this, albacore tuna is one type of fatty fish that is suitable for weekly consumption because of the abundent omega-3 fatty acids and lower Mercury amount. These Wild Planet Albacore Tuna packets can be eaten straight from the pouch with whole-grain crackers and carrot sticks to boost omega-3 levels which provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Inflammation is a necessary process in the body to prevent injury and infection; however, eating anti-inflammatory foods help to keep the process functioning properly which enables recovery.
Check out this “Mega Omega” nut blend made up of walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried mango, and cranberries. Trail mix is perfect for mid-day snacking or topping on yogurt, fruit, salads, and oatmeal. This fruit and nut mix also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids from the walnuts, antioxidants and fiber from the dried fruit, and Vitamin B from the pumpkin seeds.
Turkey snack sticks are a shelf-stable option to incorporate into a meal when refrigeration isn’t available to store deli-style turkey. The Chomps brand is an alternative to beef jerky that is naturally smoked and filled with 10 grams of protein without the fillers and preservatives typically found in dried meat products. Each turkey stick is individually wrapped to ensure ample freshness.
Article written with the help from Kylie Mignone. Expert reviewed by Rachel Fine.