The Best Portable Snacks

Laughing Cow Mini Babybell Cheese—Light

These little rounds of cheese are sealed in a hard wax coating that not only protects them, but makes them fun to open. But since unrefrigerated dairy can go bad, be sure to only pack these if you will be consuming them within a few hours.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Unlike turkey or tuna, PB & J sammies won’t spoil (and we kind of think they taste good a bit soggy) so you can make one in the a.m. and eat it hours later. They also fill your body up with fiber and protein. Make a snack-sized portion with one slice of 100% whole grain bread, one teaspoon of strawberry preserves and one teaspoon of all-natural peanut butter. To be green (!) and keep your sandwich in top shape, carry it in a plastic container.

Kashi Tasty Little Chewies Fruit & Grain Bars

These bars are sturdy enough to hold up in your bag, but chewy enough to go down like candy, not cardboard. And with 4 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein in each bar, you won’t be hungry an hour later. Our fave flavor pumpkin pie comes with a real layer of pumpkin topped with pecans..

Justin’s Peanut Butter Squeeze Pack and Apple

Grab a sturdy apple and make it a more satisfying snack with one of these delicious peanut butter packs. They’re loaded with 7 grams of protein and come in fun flavors like chocolate and honey. Just don’t forget to bring a plastic knife (and pack it carefully!).

Sabra Fresh Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Pretzel Crisps

With its hard plastic packaging (hummus on one side, pretzel crisps on the other), this snack is guaranteed not to smush even on the bumpiest bus rides. One container contains 3.5 servings of hummus, so you can share it with a friend!

Hershey Cacao Reserve Premium Dark Chocolate Truffles

These delectable truffles come in a pocket-sized tin container so they won’t melt in your bag. At only 35 calories and 2.5 grams of fat a pop, you can get the benefits of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Latest Posts

Photo by Jayme Thornton

How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by @mediabyZ

Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo courtesy of Brittany Conigatti

Go Behind the Scenes of Annie Live! With Brittany Conigatti

Unwrap your candy canes, pour the hot chocolate and round up your fellow theater lovers: NBC is kicking off the Christmas season with its latest live-broadcast TV musical. Annie Live! premieres December 2 and features a star-studded cast, including Harry Connick Jr., Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty and, as the title character, young phenom Celina Smith.

Luckily, people got a taste of what the special will entail when the cast kicked off the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a performance last week. But since you’re never fully dressed without a Dance Spirit exclusive, we caught up with Brittany Conigatti, one of the young orphans and adult ensemble members in the show, to learn what it was like putting together a large-scale live production for the small screen.

The cast of Annie Live! poses for a group photo. The cast of Annie Live!Photo courtesy of Conigatti

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

Enter the Cover Model Search