Temperatures are on the rise! Here in NYC we’ve experienced temps hitting a high of 85 degrees and it’s only May. Warmer weather means longer days, less clothing and summer break is right around the corner. It’s the perfect time for family vacations, trips to the theme park and a showcase of that “summer ready” body of yours.
Snacking plays a huge role when it comes to traveling. Heading on a road trip? Catching a flight? Snacks are a necessity! Any trip wouldn’t be the same without them. Imagine, being on an international flight and not even being offered peanuts. I’m pretty sure you’d be appalled!
Based on recent reports, in 2017 Americans spent over 45 billion dollars on snacks. Rather than snacking between meals, we’re now snacking in place of a traditional meal. Is it our constant on-the-go mentality? Are we getting too lazy to cook? Or do we just like the convenience of our grub sitting on the shelf waiting for us to get it when it’s needed? I’m not 100% sure but I do know the new role snacking has taken can add on some unwanted pounds.
It’s very clear that snacking has played heavily on us culturally, and physically. Since summer is right around the corner, we’ve decided to compile a list of our favorite healthy on-the-go snacks. I know, I know…healthy snacks? Sounds horrible! No worries though. These snacks are full of flavor, conveniently packaged, widely available and have an unchanging effect to your current pants/dress size. We promise you won’t regret giving these a try.
HIPPEAS™ organic chickpea puffs-Bohemian BBQ
Taste/Texture: mild BBQ flavor/ crunchy but airy, similar to baked cheese puffs
Available Flavors: Bohemian BBQ, Far Out Fajita, Sriracha Sunshine, Vegan White Cheddar, Pepper Power
Available Locations: Variety of supermarkets (Fairway, Wholefoods, Wegmans, Stop N Shop etc), Amazon, Starbucks
*Bonus: Every bag sold a donation is given to a farm in Africa
Sabra® On-The-Go–Classic Hummus with Pretzels
Taste/Texture: Flavorsome classic hummus/ hummus is smooth and pretzel crunchy with the right amount of salt
Available Flavors: Classic Hummus with Pretzels, Roasted Garlic Hummus with Pretzels, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Pretzels
Available Locations: Variety of supermarkets (Foodtown, Stop & Shop etc), pharmacies (Walgreens, Cvs, Duane Reade etc), Target, 7Eleven
*Bonus: Packaging is convenient for on the go, no mess, spill or dirty hands
Larabar™ The Original Fruit & Nut Food Bar– Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Taste/Texture: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip-Sweet, perfect balance of peanut butter and chocolate/soft
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough– Mildly sweet, mild chocolate flavor/soft and “doughy”, similar to whipped nougat
Available Flavors: Apple Pie, Banana Bread, Banana Chocolate Chip, Blueberry Muffin, Carrot Cake, Cashew Cookie, Cherry Pie, Chocolate Chip Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Coconut Chew, Cinnamon Roll, Coconut Chocolate Chip, Coconut Cream Pie, Key lime Pie, Lemon Bar, Mint Chip Brownie, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Cookie, Pecan Pie
Available Locations: Variety of supermarkets (Fairway, Trader Joes, Wholefoods, Stop & Shop etc), pharmacies (Walgreens, Cvs etc), Target, Walmart, Sams Club
*Bonus: All Original Larabars are made with nine ingredients or less
Barnana® The Super Banana Snack–Ginger Snap Banana Brittle
Taste/Texture: spicy ginger flavor, sweet/crunchy
Available Flavors: Ginger Snap, Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Toasted Coconut
Available Locations: Variety of supermarkets (Fairway, Key Food, H Mart, C-Town etc), health markets
*Bonus: Barnana® Banana Brittle is made using upcycled bananas
Barbaras® Snackimal Cookies– Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Taste/Texture: Vanilla-mild in flavor, semisweet/crunchy
Chocolate Chip-mild chocolate flavor, sweet/crunchy, similar to Nabisco’s Animal Crackers
Available Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal
Available Locations: Variety of supermarkets (Stop & Shop, King Kullen, ShopRite etc), health markets, Target
*Bonus: Barbaras® offers a variety of products like cereals, granola, cookies and cheese puffs