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20 Best Road Trip Snacks on the Planet

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By Julia Chatzky

Nothing too stinky, too salty, or too sweet.

Chocolate and peanut butter, apples and brie, tequila and lime. Do you know another pair you're subconsciously obsessed with? Snacking and boredom. It's common knowledge, when we're bored we find the closest snack and binge.

With summer in full session; car rides are about to get longer, we inevitably get bored, and somehow our stomachs get hungrier. But there’s nothing worse than a car ride stunk up by hard boiled eggs or the acknowledgment of wasted calories after indulging in pretzels and gummies. After figuring out the worst healthy snacks for weight loss, we knew there had to be a way to pack your car full of healthy road trip alternatives, filled with protein, fiber, respected ingredients, and limited trash. Forget the protein bars at the gas station, and the sugar-coated fruit you were sure was fine. Take a peek at these options, most readily available online that way you can map out your snacks, the same way you do with your upcoming trip.

You’ll avoid unwanted calories. You’ll avoid greasy highway stops. And you’ll be happier with yourself when you get to the final destination, still feeling bikini ready. Speaking of bikini ready, need some help? Don’t miss these 35 Foods To Get You Bikini-Body Ready.

1
Sahale
Snacks

Sahale Pomegranate Vanilla Flavored Cashews
Per 1.5 oz serving: 220 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 120 mg sodium, 19 carbs (1 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 5 g protein

Nuts can get pretty boring when you’re constantly noshing. Try and spice things up, with Sahale Snacks (in individual packs so you don’t go overboard). A portion is protein packed and filled with delicious flavors. We love Sahale Snacks Pomegranate Vanilla Cashews. Cashews are great sources of magnesium, calcium, and biotin — known to make hair shiny and strong.

Try Sahale Snacks All Natural Nut Blends Grab and Go Variety packs – that way you won’t get sick of just one flavor in your trip.

$23.99 per 14 packs ($1.71 each) at Amazon.com

2
Single-Serve
Hummus

Veggicopia Original Hummus
Per 2.5 oz: 120 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 160 mg sodium, 13 carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 5 g protein

Loaded with protein from chickpeas, mini hummus cups are the way to go when needing a little pick me up or even lunch on the go. Dip with veggies or even spread over high fiber crackers and make mini-sandwiches. These 2.5-ounce cups come in different varieties such as roasted red pepper, edamame hummus and original. High in fiber, high in protein, and low carb this versatile dip is a must try. No time to order this brand online? Check out the best and worst hummus choices you can grab at your supermarket.

$16.99 per 12 pack ($1.41 each) at Amazon.com

3
Jerky
Bars

Epic Bar, Chicken Sesame-BBQ
Per 1 bar: 120 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 290 mg sodium, 5 carbs (0 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 15 g protein

Better than your typical chemical-filled protein bar, Epic Bars are filled with natural animal sourced protein. Flavors range from pulled pork, chicken sriracha, smoked maple bacon, to chicken sesame-bbq. Compared to its jerky competitors sold at the gas station along your way, this alternative is as hunger quenching, and yet has much less fat, sodium, and most importantly chemicals. EPIC brand only uses hormone-free meats and poultry striving to make every product Paleo, gluten free, and uses only organic spices and dried fruit. Does it get better than that?

$24.22 per 12 pack ($2.02 each) at Amazon.com

4
Peanut Butter
Snack Packs

Justin’s Snack Pack, Peanut Butter with Banana Chips
Per 1 container: 210 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 20 mg sodium, 13 carbs (3 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 6 g protein

This famous combination never gets old. Filled with protein, fiber, and only natural ingredients this snack pack is a great pick me up. Bananas on one side and PB on the other, dip one in the other and indulge.

$4.94 per 10 pack ($0.49 each) at Amazon.com

5
Nutrition
Bars

Health Warrior Chia Bar, Banana Nut
Per 1 Banana Nut bar: 100 calories, 5 g fat (.5 g saturated fat), 45 mg sodium, 14 carbs (4 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 3 g protein

Describing themselves as a “Super Snack” could be quite controversial, but we agree. Gluten, dairy, and GMO-free these satiating bars have only 110 calories and more healthy omega-3s than one piece of salmon. All of this for just four bites sounds too good to be true, but with mouth-watering flavors like peanut butter chocolate, acai, and apple cinnamon this bar is destined to be kept in your cup holders.

$14.36 per 15 pack ($0.95 each) at Amazon.com

6
Fresh
Apple

Per 1 medium apple, with skin: 100 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 25 carbs (4 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 0 g protein

Red, green, yellow, or a mix of all three. Our Grandmothers were on to something when they told us to eat “an apple a day.” Filled with quercetin — a belly slimming fiber and known to keep your heart healthy, the crunch of an apple pushes the crunch of any chip way out of the door. Snacking on nature’s candy will help prevent blood sugar spikes, and fill your body with fiber to keep those stomach rumbles at bay.

7
Single-Serve
Popcorn Bags

SkinnyPop Popcorn Original
Per package (18 g): 100 calories, 6 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 30 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (2 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 2 g protein

Sometimes all you need is a crunch. For a “guilt free” munch try this brand, in any of their flavors. All low-cal, high fiber, and pre-popped. Skinnypop leaves you with no need for a microwave, chemicals, or a reason to keep track of your consumption. For almost 4 cups, you take in 150 calories while indulging in SkinnyPop’s original popcorn. Looking to spice it up a bit? Flavors like white cheddar and kettle hold to this impressive brand’s standards too.

$8.50 per 6 pack ($1.42 per bag) at Amazon.com

8
Seaweed
Snacks

gimMe Organic Wasabi Roasted Seaweed Snacks
Per package (5 g): 25 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 30 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (< 1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 1 g protein

What if we told you, you could eat the whole bag of these healthy chips and not feel guilty about it? With gimMe Organic Wasabi Roasted Seaweed Snacks, the chip-like snack serves a blast of vitamins, protein, and flavor for just 25 calories per serving. When sitting in the car, snacking never ends. So choose a snack that you know you can finish, licking the last bits of your fingertips — guilt free. Loaded with micronutrients like bone-strengthening iron, immune-boosting vitamin C, and happiness-providing magnesium. Why go for chipotle flavored corn chips or Flaming Hot Cheetos when you can get similar flavors, with tons of benefits from seaweed snacks?

$21.65 per 12 pack ($1.80 each) at Amazon.com

9
Flax
Crackers

Mary’s Gone Crackers, Herb
Per serving (13 crackers): 140 calories, 5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 21 carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

Five years ago, my doctor told me I had to be gluten free. Bummed was an understatement. But after discovering Mary’s Gone Crackers, my tastebuds were happy and I was hooked. Since munching on them, everyone else I’ve known to try them has been too. There’s no reason not to be: Loaded with quinoa, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax these crunchy bites provide the perfect amount of salty goodness, while also increasing your metabolism and energy. Ready to be paired with a topping or enjoyed alone — these crackers are a game changer; gluten free or not.

$4.49 per box at Amazon.com

10
Cheese
Packs

Babybel Original Cheese Wheels
Per 1 Babybel: 70 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 160 mg sodium, 0 carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 5 g protein

Your favorite post-elementary school snack should make its way back into your shopping cart. Cheese bars, rounds, or sticks whatever brand and shape you choose the well-portioned treats are loaded with calcium, protein, and flavor. Pair with one of our favorite crackers, like Mary’s, or simply nibble on the go.

$4.99 per 10 pack ($0.49 each) at Amazon.com

11
Roasted
Chickpeas

Biena Chickpea Snacks
Per 1.2 oz : 140 calories, 3.5 g fat (0g saturated fat), 280 mg sodium, 22 carbs (7 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 6 g protein

When you’re starting to get stressed out and continue to hear “are we there yet?!?” it’s time to crack out the chickpeas. These pulses are packed with vitamin B6, a compound known to help the brain produce serotonin and dopamine to block your anxious thoughts and bring on happiness. (Perfect for a cramped car, don’t you think?) Sometimes the road is just too bumpy to spread and dip traditional chickpea snacks — with Biena Chickpea Snacks all you have to do is pop them in your mouth to get an explosion of fiber and flavor. With a light layer of seasoning, in your individual pack, the company is sure to not let you over do it.

$22.12 per 10 pack ($2.21 per pack) at Amazon.com

12
Pitted
Olives

Oloves Olives Lemon and Rosemary
Per pack (30 g): 50 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 2 carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 4 g protein

Within minutes of trying these at the airport, I was on my phone figuring out where I could get them at home. Split into the perfect proportions, so you can't eat too many, these olive packs are best for beating your hunger and boosting heart health. Flavors like Lemon & Rosemary, or Chili & Garlic beat salty chips in my book every time.

$14.39 per 10 pack ($1.43 each) at Amazon.com

13
Fruit
Strips

Pure Organic Wildberry AppleFruit and Veggie Strips
Per 1 strip: 50 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 10 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (1 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 0 g protein

Tasting like a fruit roll up, but with ⅔ servings of veggies in each bar and only made with natural ingredients. This healthier version of a childhood treat is perfect for when you’re on-the-go and need something sweet. Amazingly there are only 50 calories in every bar, however, they are relatively high in sugar. So just be sure this is what you choose as your day’s splurge if you’re trying to get that belly flat.

$21.42 per 24 pack ($0.89 each) at Amazon.com

14
Fruit
Chips

Bare Baked Crunchy Apple Cinnamon Chips
Per 1.53 oz bag: 110 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 27 carbs (4 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 0 g protein

When you’re picking out snacks it's imperative to read the ingredient list. You never want to see words you don’t recognize or a very long list. With Bare Baked Crunch Apple Cinnamon Chips our dream was a reality. The ingredients list reads apples, cinnamon. Yup, that’s it. Save your regrets, and choose this brand. Unlike its competitors, there are no added caloric ingredients like vegetable oil, corn syrup, and no added sugars. Crunchy, sweet, and not so dangerously addicting.

$25.71 for a Pack of 24 ($1.07 each) at Amazon.com

15
Roasted
Beans

Seapoint Farm’s Dry Roasted Edamame
Per 1 packet: 100 calories, 3 g fat (0.5 saturated fat), 115 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (6 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 10 g protein

When you're sick of nuts, but want crunch that's worth the bang for its buck go for dried edamame. Available in 100 calorie packs, these are filled with 11 grams of plant-based filling protein. We're so obsessed with all flavors of Seapoint Farm’s Snacks check out how they ranked on our list of high protein snacks.

$12.59 per 12 pack ($1.05 each) at Amazon.com

16
Bean
Chips

Harvest Farms Snapea Caesar Crisps
Per 1 oz: 120 calories, 5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 65 mg sodium, 16 carbs (3 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 5 g protein

The bizarre cravings of road trip boredom are at an all time high you’re dreaming of chips, and Caesar salad, and all things we don't approve here at Eat This, Not That! But with this cheesy, chip-like snack you’re cravings are put to rest and there’s no additional need to hit the treadmill. Made from only natural ingredients, this snack offers a decent amount of fiber and a serving of vegetables. We even think your picky eaters will like these vegetable-based chips. They’d rank on the best of our 35 Most Popular Chips—Ranked!

$11.00 per 4 pack ($2.75 each) at Amazon.com

17
Granola
Bites

Nourish Chewy Chocolate Banana Granola Bites
Per 1 oz Bag: 100 calories, 3.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 18 carbs, (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 2 g protein

NBC’s Today Show nutritionist, Joy Bauer, knew she was going to hit a homerun when she developed her line of delicious, dietitian-approved snacks. With five different granola bite flavors, it was hard for us to choose just one. As each flavor is low calorie and contains reasonable levels of digestion-slowing healthy fats, fiber, and protein to balance the energizing carbs, you simply cannot go wrong with whichever nutrient-dense bites you buy.

$17.99 per 12 pack ($1.50 per pack) at Amazon.com

18
Carrot
Sticks

Bolthouse Farms Veggie Snackers
Per 2.25 oz individual bag: 25 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 6 carbs (2 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 1 g protein

That irresistible ranch flavor can now be all over your carrots without the creamy fattening dressing. Simply sprinkle these carrots with ranch seasoning, and crunch on them in an individual serving. For 25 calories you get a crunchy addictive bite, leaving all regrets in the supermarket.

19
Dark
Chocolate

barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt
Per 1 Piece: 50 calories, 4 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 5 carbs (1 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 1 g protein

You’re in the final stretch — let that sweet tooth go wild. With barkTHINS, you’re only consuming 7 ingredients. Each resealable bag comes with over three servings, each 1.4-ounce serving coming in at 220 calories, many of which are healthy fats from the cocoa butter and almonds. These bites are the perfect balance of bitter dark chocolate that still leave room for a dose of energizing sweetness without exposing you to major sugar overkill.

$3.47 per bag at Amazon.com

20
Sparkling
Water

Spindrift Sparkling Water
Per 1 can (Raspberry Lime flavor): 10 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 2 carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

And of course, after all, that noshing you’ll need something to sip on. And don’t even think about going to a drive-thru for some soda. Try Spindrift seltzer; it’s flavored only with real fruit entirely sourced from the US. Raspberry Lime does the trick for me, but with other flavors like blackberry, orange mango, and even cucumber it's hard to choose just one. Thankfully we don’t have to. These bubbly drinks are much better than the Coke you could grab from a drive through, kept low-cal, low-sugar, and chemical free there’s a lot to love. So fill up your car and save the rest for your destination — you’ll be glad you brought them along. Speaking of soda, have you checked out our definitive list of the 70 Most Popular Sodas Ranked by How Toxic They Are?


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