The holidays are a busy, and sometimes stressful time for many people. All the hustle and bustle and traveling over the river and through the woods can lead to limited and inadequate food options.
You can avoid this predicament by stocking up on these 6 no-hassle travel snacks that leave you feeling cheery rather than dreary!
6 Easy Travel Snacks
1. Kashi Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Crunchy Granola & Seed Bars I tried this crunchy, chocolatey granola bar while at Blog Brûlée and loved it! Many granola bars are overloaded with sugar and just too decadent for my taste, but not this one. Two of these Kashi bars contain 180 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein and only 9 grams of sugar. This is a snack I can feel good about!
2. Fresh Fruit
Nature’s own version of grab + go snacks! Apples, bananas, oranges, clementines, pears, grapes, berries—all are ready to hit the road when you are. Just make sure you rinse your fruit under water before enjoying. Pair your fruit with some protein, like snacks #4 and #5 to help keep you feeling fuller longer.
3. Nourish Snacks
Besides loving the variety of Nourish Snacks, part of the reason I’m thrilled about this line of snacks is because it was created by Registered Dietitian, Joy Bauer. Her motto, “Life is hard, food should be easy” comes to life through Nourish Snacks–simple ingredients combined to create a nutrient-dense, on-the-go snack! My favorite so far is Mr. Popular, half-popped corn kernels. Definitely satisfies the need for something crunchy and slightly salty…much better option than potato chips!
4. Skim Mozzarella String Cheese
String cheese is more than just fun to eat! With about 7-8 grams of protein per cheese stick and less than 100 calories, this is the perfect match for fresh fruit or veggies. Just be sure to eat any dairy products within 2 hours of being removed from refrigerator, or keep them in an insulated bag with an ice pack to maintain proper temperature.
5. Peanut Butter packets
These can be a travel lifesaver! Finding quality protein sources at rest stops or gas stations can be next to impossible and that’s where peanut butter packets can save the day. Keep PB packs on hand at home so they’re ready when you are! Peanut butter not your thing? Justin’s offers other nut butters in single-serving packets, too! Keep in mind that nut butters can be high in calories, so keep portions to 2 tablespoons and pair with a fresh fruit for a balanced snack.
Let’s be honest for a moment. Raise your hand if you eat the appropriate number of servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Now, raise your other hand if you eat MORE of them while traveling? Chances are many of us didn’t raise either hand. Fruit and veggie intake can fall off easily during the holidays, so make it easier on yourself by getting them through cold-pressed juice! I’m a big fan of Nashville’s local juicery, juice.Nashville, but you can also find brands like Evolution juices available nation-wide.
Do you have favorite ready-to-go travel snacks you’d like to share? It’s always great to have new suggestions!
I wish you all safe and healthy travels this holiday season!