Summer is in full swing, and many people are planning to hit the road, seas or skies. If you’ve booked a little getaway to celebrate the season, be sure to pack all the essentials—including healthy snacks for along the way. Stocking up on good-for-you travel goodies can not only save you valuable time and money, it can help prevent you from falling into the fatty, greasy fast-food trap and enable you to stick to your healthy diet.
We’re not saying you can’t give into a little temptation—after all, you’re on vacation. But arming yourself with the following healthy travel snacks can mean the difference between an occasional splurge and an all-out feeding frenzy. Which would you prefer?
Dried fruit "chips"
Fruit is nature’s candy, and few people can resist the sweet, crunchy allure of all-natural dried fruit chips. Pineapple fans will fall big time for the tropical taste of fat-free, gluten-free Natural Sins 100% Natural Baked-Dried Crispy Pineapple Fruit Thins. With no preservatives or trans fats and a whole lot of flavor, Danielle Crispy Honey Banana Fruit Chips are another excellent choice!
This popular snack isn’t just for the silver screen! In fact, it’s found quite a following outside of movie theaters. Today’s smarter popcorn is skinnier and more flavorful than ever before. Create your own ultimate vacation sampler with SkinnyPop Ultra Lite Gluten-Free Original Popcorn, LesserEvil Organic Buddha Bowl™ Classic Cheddah Popcorn, Pop Art Gourmet Rosemary Truffle Popcorn and 479 degrees Artisan Toasted Coconut Caramel Popcorn.
Like popcorn, jerky has come a long way in recent years. There are now sticks, strips and bites in a medley of mouthwatering flavors. There’s beef, buffalo, turkey, pork and even vegetarian and vegan varieties for those who steer clear of meat. This perfectly portable snack is packed with protein and requires no refrigeration. Stuff a stash in your car console or carry-on and you’ll be totally covered when hunger hits. A few to try: Krave Garlic Chili Pepper Beef Jerky, Perky Jerky Ultra Premium Teriyaki Turkey Jerky, Tanka Stick® Apple Orange Peel Buffalo Meat and Primal Spirit Foods Primal® Strips Hickory Smoke Meatless Vegan Jerky.
It’s okay to go nuts on vacation! After all, they’re delicious and highly nutritious. Unless you (or your travel companion) have a nut allergy, it’s a good idea to banish boredom with a wide variety, including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, pistachios and walnuts. If you’re feeling especially bold, mix some in with your popcorn!
Vacation and dessert often go hand-in-hand. If you crave a sweet treat on your upcoming trip, egg- and dairy-free vegan cookies are a decadent yet healthy choice. Allow us to recommend some of our all-time favorite travel companions from Lenny and Larry: The Vegan Complete Cookie®, Peanut Butter; The Vegan Complete Cookie®, Double Chocolate; The Vegan Complete Cookie®, Lemon Poppyseed and The Vegan Complete Cookie® Snickerdoodle.