It’s difficult to eat healthy when there are unhealthy food selections everywhere we go. It’s even harder when you’re busy. Reaching for something quick and easy like fast food or food from a vending machine can be simple, affordable, and convenient. However, constantly eating junk food isn’t good for us, and often doesn’t provide us with the energy or nutrients we need to keep going. What we need instead are healthy, on-the-go choices that offer convenience and health benefits.

Choosing healthy foods for busy lives can help you stay energized and help stave off hunger. For example, protein snacks are a great option for this, because they can help you feel full and keep the hunger at bay for a longer period of time. Consider healthy, easy protein snacks like peanut butter or almond butter packs. You can always bring some celery sticks to dip. Hard boiled eggs, a bag of almonds, and string cheese are also easy, portable options. You may also want to purchase single serve Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or hummus (with carrot sticks, cucumbers, or red bell peppers). There are plenty of healthy snack ideas you can take on the go.

Of course, if you have time on your day off, you can also do some meal prep. There are a lot of delicious ideas you can make from home. Check out this article from Greatist, “32 Healthy Meals You Can Literally Eat on the Go.” Greatist also offers some tasty, easy snack ideas, “42 Healthy, Portable Snacks That Are Fridge Free.” There is a wealth of options when it comes to on-the-go healthy choices. The important step is making sure these snack options are readily available when hunger strikes.

Get prepared for your busy day by making sure you have convenient, healthy choices within reach. You’ll be more likely to make the healthy decision when hunger pops up.