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Healthy Travel Snacks

Snack Girl is about to get on a plane and travel to a far away place. But, before I get there, I am going to have to eat something.

Does anyone else remember when they used to feed you on planes? Man, that seems like the dark ages. Remember when we could bring huge bottles of shampoo in our carry-on and walk through security with our shoes ON?

Yes, dear readers, I am feeling old today.

If you are traveling by plane or by car, you need to think ahead because the food in airports or on the road is TERRIBLE. Huge muffins, bagels, and cookies tempt you and they are so EXPENSIVE.

What to do? Plan ahead. I always say I am going to plan ahead and then, your fearless leader Snack Girl, rushes around and forgets her snack. How sad is that?

THIS time it is going to be different because I am making a list to remind me of all the great choices for traveling. Keep in mind that you can bring fresh fruit and sandwiches through security at the airport - and fresh food is the healthiest snack food.

This list contains some of the healthy packaged snacks that are easy to grab and shove into your bag - and a couple of recipes for the person who wants to REALLY plan ahead.

10. Sahale Snacks A Magical and Healthy Packaged Snack

9. Gnu Bars Review A Tasty Low Calorie Bar With 50% of Your Daily Fiber

8. Organic Beef Jerky You Have Never Had Beef Jerky Like This!

7. KIND Bar Review KINDa Fabulous: A Nutritionally Dense Snack Bar

6. An Ounce of Dark Chocolate Need Some Intense Dark Twilight Delight?

5. Lara Bar Lara Bar - Only 2 Ingredients

4. Low Calorie Cereal Recipe Avoid The Cereal Aisle Forever Using This Simple Recipe

3. Triscuit Triscuit

2. Cereal Bar Recipe A Grab 'N Go Breakfast With ZERO Added Sugar (and you will love it)

1. Homemade Microwave Popcorn DIY Microwave Popcorn: Healthy, Yummy, and CHEAP

For children, the best travel snacks are the ones they pack themselves. Check out my interview on Jet With Kids to get ideas about how to keep children out of the airplane junk.

Anya over at Jet With Kids has a bunch of other great ideas for traveling without tantrums.

What do you take with you on trips? Please share.


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15 Comments:

It's important to take a snack wherever you go! I try to bring something even when I'm just running errands around town, or I find that I get hungry and am tempted to get a snack while I'm at the grocery store. I bought a cute stainless steel water bottle which I keep full of ice water and take it with me everywhere I go. That curbs some of the need to put something in your mouth.

on June 23, 2011

i'm super cheap (and super picky) so i always pack food for trips! i bring my homemade protein cakes, tuna packets, pre-portioned oats in baggies (can always get hot water at cafes or on the plane), apples, jerky, nuts ... yup, i have a whole purse filled with food! :)

on June 23, 2011

I just got back from a short trip to San Fran. i made my own trail mix with dried fruits and nuts i had at my house, and i brought 1 of each flavor of Gnu foods bars to eat when hunger struck. i also had an apple on the way out there. so i did good on the flight out. on my return flight, i had some of their peanuts and a fresca, and a veggie sandwich i bought from an airport shop (and a banana). i felt so dehydrated after that. sometimes you just have to make do with what you can find at the airport!

on June 23, 2011

There are also MANY quick, easy, portable foods that are healthy and nutrient-dense. Snap peas, mini peppers, chopped broccoli, cauliflower, celery, etc. are all quick, carry along, finger foods. And, don't forget your healthier nuts: walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, etc.
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on June 23, 2011

I have been eating Nori as a travel snack. It's super loud & sounds like I'm eating paper!! Also like flax crackers & Kale chips.

on June 23, 2011

I keep a container of Blue Diamond Oven Roasted Almonds in my car. Just half a serving (about 12 nuts) keep me satiated until my destination. It would be a great addition to a carry on bag too.

on June 23, 2011

Trail mix!!! YEssssss!!!!

on June 23, 2011

http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/brown-bag-meals/what-foods-can-you-carry-on-the-plane-048116 seems really useful. Don't forget that peanut butter counts as a liquid btw!

on June 23, 2011

@K . . .What? Peanut butter? *BLANK STARE* Boooo...Boooo...Hiss! Hiss!

on June 23, 2011

All of our family lives in California, but we live in Washington, so we're making the 12 hour drive often. I make sandwiches for the family at least two a piece and everyone gets to pick out a "favorite snack" which seems to make people happy when things get stressful in the car. We bring 100% juice boxes, tons of bottled water, fruit and cut up veggies. We also make the mandatory stop at Dutch Brothers on the way down. :]

on June 23, 2011

Agreed, but it's official... http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/holiday.shtm
Was on the radio this morning, strangely.

on June 23, 2011

It's true about Peanut Butter. In the U.S., they say no liquids above 3 oz., and you must put them all in one bag that they review. But it's really liquids and pastes. I had my bag hand searched and wondered was causing a problem. In my carry-on bag, I had an apple and a couple of small containers of PB from the breakfast bar at my hotel to eat for a snack. They did let me keep it, but they inspected it well to be sure that was really what was in it. They could have thrown it away, and when I saw what was passing for food in that little airport, I was glad they did! Next time, it's an apple and some almonds at the airport.

on June 23, 2011

I love PB, especially on a plane ride. I opt for a single serving package of H.K. Anderson peanut butter nuggets. Fills me up and satisfies my PB craving. I always get mine at staples, but they're in select wal marts, giant eagles, etc. Definitely recommend for your next trip!

on June 23, 2011

i live on an island and often have to wait a long time for a ferry, thus, i always carry small containers of snacks like mixed dried fruit, almonds and walnuts; black licorice; and always a Lindt 85% cocoa chocolate bar which i eat only one square at a time (so satisfying). Sometimes i bring an insulated lunch bag with snacks that need to be kept cool, like cut-up carrots, peppers, cucumber, apples, oranges or grapefruit, cheese cubes, etc. Sometimes, if it's early, i take along my (cold) steelcut oats with cinnamon and blueberries in a small container. Bottom line is, i always have healthy snacks on hand because you never know when you're going to be stuck for a long time without access to healthy food. I also bring along teabags and just get hot water wherever it's available. That helps me to not splurge on expensive, high calorie drinks.

on July 12, 2011

Hi! Great website! I take a 2 pt Fiber One Mocha Bar. Easy to transport, doesn't fall apart and is really filling. I always carry drink packets (Wyler's) and my own tea as I don't drink caffeine and am diabetic. Being prepared is the key. After all, I do not want added things to "schlepp" on a plane. I also save some snacks I get leave in my purse for later. Drinks are usually free and hot coffee or tea will fill me up. You can always get a food snack at the airport and eat it on board. The prepacked 100 calorie snacks are also a good source and much cheaper than any thing you can buy. If I'm somewhere where a breakfast buffet is included, I take the prepackaged peanut butter, plastic knives and crackers for snacks later on. When I'm in a restaurant that is appropriate, I asked for a take out drink container (w/water & lemon) to keep in my car when traveling. I'm the type of dieter that if I don't have it, I crave it. Must be human nature!

on July 20, 2011


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