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20 Best Road Trip Snacks on the Planet

Nothing too stinky, too salty, or too sweet.
20 Best Road Trip Snacks on the Planet

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, and that tends to happen when you’re on a road trip. Somehow our stomachs seem to get hungrier during a long car ride and there’s nothing worse than the small space getting stunk up by hard boiled eggs or the feelings of indulging in too many wasted calories going after 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. 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.

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Sahale Snacks

sahale snacks variety pack

Sahale Pomegranate Vanilla Flavored Cashews

Nutrition 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. You can’t go wrong with the Pomegranate Vanilla Cashews as cashews are great sources of magnesium, calcium, and biotin—one of the nutrients known to make hair shiny and strong. But their All Natural Nut Blends Grab and Go Variety packs are a solid investment–that way you won’t get sick of just one flavor during your trip.

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Single-Serve Hummus

Veggicopia hummus packs

Veggicopia Original Hummus

Nutrition per 1 container: 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 single-serve dips come in different varieties such as roasted red pepper, edamame hummus and original. High in fiber, high in protein, and low carb, this hummus is a must try and a nice addition to the road trip goodies.

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Jerky Bars

Epic chicken sesame bbq bar

Epic Bar, Chicken Sesame-BBQ

Nutrition per 1 bar: 120 calories, 4.5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 470 mg sodium, 7 carbs (2 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 12 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 hunger quenching, and yet has much less fat, sodium, and most importantly chemicals. EPIC brand only uses organic spices, dried fruit, and hormone-free meats and poultry striving to make every product Paleo and gluten-free.

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Peanut Butter Snack Packs

Justins peanut butter banana pack

Justin’s Snack Pack, Peanut Butter with Banana Chips

Nutrition 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.

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Nutrition Bars

Health warior banana nut chia bar

Health Warrior Chia Bar, Banana Nut

Nutrition per 1 Banana Nut bar: 100 calories, 4.5 g fat (.5 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 14 carbs (5 g fiber, 3 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 1o0 calories and are very high in the forever healthy omega-3. 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.

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Fresh Apple

apple

Nutrition per 1 medium apple, with skin: 100 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 25 carbs (4 g fiber, 19 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—which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and helps prevent heart disease—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.

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Single-Serve Popcorn Bags

skinnypop sea salt pepper

SkinnyPop Popcorn Original

Nutrition per package (18 g): 100 calories, 6 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 45 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. Looking to spice it up a bit? Flavors like white cheddar and kettle hold to this impressive brand’s standards too.

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Seaweed Snacks

gimme wasabi sea crisp

gimMe Organic Wasabi Roasted Seaweed Snacks

Nutrition 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 during your car ride and not feel guilty about it? gimMe Organic Wasabi Roasted Seaweed Snacks serve a blast of vitamins, protein, and flavor for just 25 calories per serving. Loaded with micronutrients like bone-strengthening iron, immune-boosting vitamin C, and happiness-providing magnesium, there’s no reason to go for chipotle flavored corn chips or Flaming Hot Cheetos when you can get similar flavors and tons of benefits from these seaweed snacks.

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Flax Crackers

marys gone crackers herb

Mary’s Gone Crackers, Herb

Nutrition 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), 3 g protein

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—Mary’s Gone Crackers are a game-changer, especially since they’re gluten-free.

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Cheese Packs

babybel original cheese

Babybel Original Cheese Wheels

Nutrition 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 shape you choose of 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

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Roasted Chickpeas

Biena rockin ranch chickpeas

Biena Chickpea Snacks, Rockin’ Ranch

Nutrition 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?) And with Biena Chickpea Snacks, all you have to do is pop them in your mouth to get an explosion of fiber and flavor, which is perfect for when the drive gets a little bumpy. With a light layer of seasoning, in your individual pack, the company is sure to not let you over do it.

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Pitted Olives

oloves lemon rosemary olives

Oloves Olives Lemon and Rosemary

Nutrition 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.

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Fruit Strips

pure organic wildberry apple fruit veggie strip

Pure Organic Wildberry AppleFruit and Veggie Strips

Nutrition per 1 strip: 50 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 20 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (1 g fiber, 7 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 the beloved childhood treat is perfect for when you’re craving something sweet. Amazingly, there are only 50 calories in every bar.

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Fruit Chips

Bare baked crunchy cinnamon apple chips

Bare Baked Crunchy Apple Cinnamon Chips

Nutrition 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, so that’s why Bare Baked Crunch Apple Cinnamon Chips are a dream come true. The ingredients list reads apples, cinnamon. Yup, that’s it. 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 to munch on during a drive.

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Roasted Beans

Seapoint farms dry roasted edamame

Seapoint Farm’s Dry Roasted Edamame

Nutrition per 1 packet: 200 calories, 6 g fat (1 saturated fat), 220 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (12 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 20 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 these easy to grab and go packs, these are filled with plenty of plant-based filling protein and who doesn’t love a good high protein snack?

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Bean Chips

Harvest farms snapea caesar crisps

Harvest Farms Snapea Caesar Crisps

Nutrition per 1 oz: 130 calories, 4.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 70 mg sodium, 17 carbs (4 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 you probably should steer clear of. But with this cheesy, chip-like snack, your cravings will be 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, too.

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Granola Bites

Nourish snacks chewy chocolate banana

Nourish Chewy Chocolate Banana Granola Bites

Nutrition per 1 oz Bag: 100 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 100 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 home run 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.

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Carrot Sticks

Rhythm carrot sticks

Rhythm Superfoods Carrot Sticks, Ranch

Nutrition per 1.4 oz individual bag: 150 calories, 3 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 210 mg sodium, 28 carbs (10 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 3 g protein

That irresistible ranch flavor can now be all over your carrots without the creamy fattening dressing. These dehydrated, organic carrot sticks pack a ton of fiber and crunch and since they don’t need to be refrigerated like a typical carrots-and-dip snack has to be, it makes them the ideal choice for a road trip.

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Dark Chocolate

barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt

barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt

Nutrition per package: 220 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 22 carbs (1 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 4 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 and plenty of 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, as long as you don’t indulge in the entire bag in one sitting!

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Sparkling Water

spindrift sparkling water raspberry lime

Spindrift Sparkling Water

Nutrition Per 1 can (Raspberry Lime flavor): 9 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 1 carb (0 g fiber, 1 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 U.S. So fill up your car and save the rest for your destination—you’ll be glad you brought them along.

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