The taco truck's siren song becomes even more irresistible when you're hungry and empty-handed. "It's important to keep snacks around that have staying power," says registered dietitian Katie Sullivan Morford, author of the upcoming cookbook Rise and Shine. She shares easy make-ahead bites that can power you through any outing.

1. Nut Butter Energy Balls

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These nut butter energy balls are just sweet enough, and require just four ingredients. Stir everything together, refrigerate for 30 minutes, and you'll get a poppable snack that's filling and full of protein and calcium.

Get the recipe: Nut Butter Energy Balls

2. Spiced Cauliflower Bites

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Cauliflower doesn't exactly say summer fun—but this Middle Eastern-spiced savory treat is full of flavor. Bonus: The cruciferous veggie is an excellent source of vitamin C.

Get the recipe: Spiced Cauliflower Bites

3. Chilled Yogurt Parfaits

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Skip the ice cream—and still enjoy a refreshing parfait. These chilled yogurt parfaits take advantage of delicious summer berries, and they're portable, too. Just make them ahead of time in mason jars, and grab one on the go. The probiotics in many protein-rich yogurts may even help improve digestion.

Get the recipe: Chilled Yogurt Parfaits

4. Pomegranate Power Bark

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This bittersweet chocolate bark is just the thing to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings without feeling any twinge of regret. It uses deceptively good-for-you ingredients like cashew butter, pumpkin seeds, raisins and pumpkin seeds. The protein will keep you going when you need it the most.

Get the recipe: Pomegranate Power Bark


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