Let’s face it, the holidays are hard. There are Christmas potlucks with an abundance of food, cookie tins galore, and treats for every sweet tooth. On top of all that temptation, we’re busy. We’re busy wrapping presents, addressing holiday cards, putting up decorations, and traveling to see family and friends. To help aid you in your holiday travels, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite on-the-go snacks to bring along in the car, plane, train, etc. so that you can avoid eating airline pretzels and peanuts for lunch. So – here’s a few of my favorite travel snacks and where you can find them.
- Trader Joe’s Lightly Sweetened Coconut Strips
- Square Bar Organic Protein Bar
- Justin’s Nut Butter Squeeze Packs
- Kevita Master Brew Kombucha
- Pro Bar BITE
- Popcorn Indiana Fit Popcorn
- Califa Farms Cold Brew Coffee
So, first things first – WHAT are they and WHERE do I get them?
Trader Joe’s Lightly Sweetened Coconut Strips
WHY: I have this thing for coconut. But not the flaky stuff or those strange baked chips. I like that chunky, let me chew on this, don’t have to worry about it falling on my lap kinda stuff. I like this product because it’s not too sweet, tastes amazing, and is in a resealable bag. What more do you need? Unfortunately, Trader Joe’s is sometimes sold out of this product so it can be hard to find at times.
NUTRITION: Serving Size – 1/4 cup // 40g || 200 cal || 10g F || 25g C || 1g P || 18g Sugar
WHERE TO GET IT: Trader Joe’s Grocery
Square Bar Organic Protein Bar
WHY: I’m not gonna lie, some days I really struggle hitting my protein target. I try to make protein smoothies, eat soy products regularly, and put a crap ton of beans on my salad. When I’m traveling, finding quick sources of protein gets a lot more difficult. I recently discovered Square Bar and it’s kinda my new found obsession. These bars are pretty tasty, and they are also gluten, soy, and dairy free. So far my favorite flavor is chocolate coated cherry, although cocoa almond is shown here. The nutrition facts for chocolate coated cherry (not pictured) are shown below.
NUTRITION: Serving Size – 1 bar // 48g || 210 cal || 9g F || 23g C || 12g P || 14g Sugar
WHERE TO GET IT: The downside is that they will cost you about $3 a bar at your local Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, or GNC. You can search to see which stores sell near you or snag a 12 pack for $29.99 on Square Bar’s website.
Justin’s Nut Butter Squeeze Packs
WHY: Let’s face it, Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter is just a vegan version of Nutella. That pretty much answers the “Why I like to bring this with me” category for you. I like the squeeze packs because they are portable and easy. I like to pair mine with celery, pretzels, or even just bread if I’m in a pinch. I recently saw that they were selling snack packs at Target so if you’re too lazy to pack some pretzels, then Justin has already got you covered. Nutrition for the chocolate hazelnut flavor (pictured) is shown below.
NUTRITION: Serving Size – 1 1.15 oz squeeze pack // 32g || 180 cal || 14g F || 12g C || 4g P || 7g Sugar
WHERE TO GET IT: Target is your easiest bet. You can typically find Justin’s at your local health food store or check the website if you for some reason don’t have a Target in your town.
Kevita Master Brew Kombucha
WHY: Kombucha is everywhere. Somewhere along the way, fermented things became the new thing and now everyone’s drinking it. I’ll admit, I’ve fallen crazy for the trend as well but I like kombucha because it adds a little variety to my drinks and it’s not soda. Aside from it’s health benefits which I’m not exactly qualified to discuss so do your own research, I think the way it’s processed is just kinda neat. NERD MOMENT. Nutrition for Raspberry Lemon Master Brew (pictured) is shown below.
NUTRITION: Serving Size – 8 fl oz // 240 mL || 35 cal || 0g F || 9g C || 0g P || 8g Sugar
WHERE TO GET IT: Target, Walmart, and your local grocery store//co-op.
Pro Bar BITE
WHY: I started eating Pro Bar after some of my bike teammates turned me onto them. I liked them because they gave me enough energy to make it through a race and didn’t upset my stomach. With non-GMO, organic, and plant based products, it’s hard not to get behind them. Plus, they are super tasty and now come in BITE size so you don’t have to eat an entire meal as your snack. Nutrition for the chocolate cherry cashew flavor (pictured) is included below.
NUTRITION: Serving Size – 1 bar // 46g || 190 cal || 7g F || 28g C || 6g P || 10g Sugar
WHERE TO GET IT: Whole Foods, REI, the Vitamin Shoppe, Sprouts, Target and other select natural grocery//co-op.
Popcorn Indiana Fit Popcorn
WHY: Because you can eat 3 1/2 cups for 130 calories, that’s why. But actually, if I’m in the car alone I do a lot of mindless munching to stay awake so popcorn is nice because it’s high volume, kinda like pop chips or something. Plus, ready to eat popcorn is all the rage right now. The sea salt flavor is my favorite and is also super tasty drizzled in chocolate if you’re looking for a movie night snack. Nutrition facts for sea salt (pictured) are shown below.
NUTRITION: Serving Size – 3 1/2 cups // 28g || 130 cal || 6g F || 17g C || 3g P || 0g Sugar
WHERE TO GET IT: Not going to lie – I bought these in the New Orleans airport. Whole Foods, Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS are authorized to sell their products. You can check if they are in your town by searching on their website.
Califa Farms Cold Brew
WHY: I’m saving the best for last. For one, you’re on the road and you’re gonna need caffeine at some point, am I right? Califa Farms has some solid non-dairy products and this salted caramel cold brew is just one of them. While the 1.4L size is obviously a bigger bang for your buck, it’s also a lot bigger and you can’t bring that in your purse and not look like a weirdo. While I wouldn’t recommend buying the 10.5 oz size for everyday, it’s certainly great for travel. I’ve tried the cocoa noir before and it’s also delicious but I would have to say the salted caramel is my new favorite. Plus, Califa Farms has got their seasonal flavors down. If you haven’t had them before i would highly recommend checking out their products. Nutrition for salted caramel (pictured) is shown below.
NUTRITION: Serving Size – 10.5 oz // 310 mL || 120 cal || 4.5g F || 19g C || 2g P || 16g Sugar
WHERE TO GET IT: Whole Foods, Target, or your local natural grocery//co-op. Check their website in order to search for a store near you.
With that, I wish you all the safest travels and a sweet (like, literally) holiday season. I’ll be driving back to good ole Green Bay to see my parents so you can bet I’ll be needed these snacks to keep me sane on the way there and back.