Did you pack the luggage? Check. Did you bring a map? Check. You’re all set to go, but did you remember to pack some healthy snacks? You might be thinking: well why can’t I just stop at the nearest gas station and grab a few snacks?

The biggest problem with stopping at rest stops is many fail to have healthy foods; instead their aisles are lined with unhealthy chips, dips, and sodas. By choosing these options it’s very easy to feel exhausted and bloated when you arrive to your final destination. That’s why we have compiled some snack options that are great for boosting your energy and don’t require a lot of space if your car is jam-packed. In addition, we included a few snacks that not only meet TSA’s guidelines, for those planning on flying, but they also exceed your children’s snack expectations.

  1. Dried fruits have several advantages because not only do kids love them, they are a great source of energy for when you feel weak, and they don’t spoil. Plus, they meet the TSA’s guidelines on foods you are allowed to bring on planes.
  2. Almonds provide the perfect balance of fats and protein to fill you up and give you an energy boost. One oz (about 12 nuts) of almonds has 90 calories and omega-9 fatty acids.
  3. Pistachios are rich in protein, fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Go nuts, because 25 pistachios have only 100 calories. Also, the effort that you have to put into removing the shell causes you to have to slow down to remove each shell and in turn prevents you from overeating.
  4. Protein bars are a great way to fight your sweet cravings. Add variety to your snacking with one of our six flavors including Blueberry Pomegranate, Iced Strawberry Shortcake, Cinnamon Pecan, Iced Lemon Shortbread, Peanut Butter Temptation, and Chocolate Celebration.
  5. Since it might be difficult to bring an opened container of protein shakes onto a plane, we came up with an option that’s easy for you to fit in your luggage. Our Shakes to Go come with 6 shakes per case and come in five flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate, Tropical Orange Twist, and Summer Berry Punch.
  6. Do you or your little ones tend to love sweets? Crispy Marshmallow Crisps are the perfect snack to fight hunger and each is only 100 calories. 
  7. Craving a crunchy snack? Our zippers come in two bold flavors Sour Cream & Herb, and BBQ. Plus, they are small they easily can fit into any bag.
  8. Looking for something spicy to snack on? Our Fiesta Lime Puffs pack quite the punch and are bursting with zesty flavor.

Here are some additional tips on how to keep from overeating snacks:

Store snacks afar. One of the leading causes of overeating on trips is having snacks within arm’s reach. Try putting snacks in a container or cooler in the back of the car or in the trunk. To keep snacking in check, store snacks in individual bags instead of eating out of containers.

Staying hydrated. Hunger is often mistaken for thirst, which is why you may find yourself reaching for more snacks instead of water. If you are traveling with family make sure to bring individual waters for everyone. Also, steer clear of juices, sodas and other sugary beverages as many will make you crash and burn later. Make sure to plan for more stops too.

Pack some gum. Chewing gum isn’t just good for getting rid of bad breath, but it doubles as a treat alternative. Spending hours cooped up in a car often leads to boredom and often times when people are bored they reach for snacks. However, by having something to chew on, your brain will be tricked out of grabbing snacks. Also, minty flavored gum doesn’t taste as good when it’s mixed with sugary products, so you’re less likely to keep eating sweets.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.

Active Medi-Weightloss® patients should consult the experts at their location on whether the snacks are appropriate for their stage of the program.