On-the-Go Snack Guide (Emergency Snacks)

Jun 9 2017
When it comes to snacks, portability is very important. After all, a smart snack stash can protect you from making poor food decisions on the fly! Here are some of our recent favorites, plus a roundup of the best grab-n-go fruits 'n veggies...

Vermont Smoke & Cure Minis Meat Sticks

0.5 oz. (1 stick): 35 - 45 calories, 1.5 - 3g total fat (0.5 - 1.5g sat fat), 110 - 140mg sodium, 0 - 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0 - 1g sugars, 3 - 5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1 - 2*

Jerky and other shelf-stable meat sticks are crucial members of Team Emergency Snacks. (Love that protein!) But not all meat snacks are created equal. Think of this line as a healthy, high-quality upgrade from Slim Jims. We especially like that they're miniature in size. Sometimes, your hunger needs a one-stick solution; sometimes, it's a two-stick scenario! Click to find, or stock up online.

Luna 5g Sugar Whole Nutrition Bars

1 bar: 170 - 190 calories, 8 - 9g total fat (1 - 2g sat fat), 150 - 210mg sodium, 19 - 21g carbs, 2 - 3g fiber, 5g sugars, 6 - 8g protein -- SmartPoints® value 6*

A lot of snack bars out there are loaded with sugary calories. Not these tasty treats from Luna! These have a low sugar count, an under-200-calorie price tag, plus fiber, protein, and decadent flavors: Cinnamon Almond Swirl, Salted Caramel Cashew, Dark Chocolate Hazelnut, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Chip Cookie, and Creamy Peanut Butter. Perfect for when your sweet tooth acts up! Find Luna products pretty much everywhere (or keep it simple, and order here).

StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD Lightly Marinated Premium Chunk Light Tuna

1 pouch (2.6 oz.): 70 - 90 calories, 0.5 - 1g total fat (0 - 0.5g sat fat), 400 - 620mg sodium, 0 - 7g carbs, 0 - 0.5g fiber, 0 - 4g sugars, 13 - 15g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1 - 2*

You might not think of tuna as an on-the-go snack food, but the world is a wondrous place full of possibility, people! This no-drain, pre-seasoned stuff can be eaten straight from the pouch, and there's no refrigeration needed. All you need is a fork. Major protein power, plus TONS of flavor. Choose from Thai Chili Style, Jalapeño, and Hot Buffalo Style. If you prefer things on the mild side, stick with the original lineup...

Project 7 Gourmet Gum

2 pieces: 5 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 0mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein -- SmartPoints® value 0*

Gum has been an on-the-go staple for a looong time; we're not reinventing the wheel here. But we do want to suggest some extra-special wheels -- er, gum. (Metaphors can get confusing.) With flavors like Birthday Cake, Kettle Pop, Red Velvet Cupcake, and Rainbow Ice (plus tons more!), this sugar-free gum can obliterate a variety of cravings! Pop a piece in your mouth the next time those break-room pastries call your name. Buy some online, or click to find.

Biena Chickpea Snack Packs

One 1.2-oz. pouch: 140 - 150 calories, 3.5 - 5g total fat (0g sat fat), 120 - 280mg sodium, 21 - 24g carbs, 7 - 8g fiber, 0 - 5g sugars, 6 - 7g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4 - 5*

Crunchy bean snacks are excellent; crunchy bean snacks in single-serving pouches are better! And unlike other crunchy snacks (looking at you, potato chips), they won't be easily smushed in your bag. In Sea Salt, Rockin' Ranch, and Honey Roasted, these legumes are ready to go. Track some down, or order up.

Bonus: Top Ate Fruits & Veggies to Pack & Eat

1. Apples: Sturdy, healthy... Classic for a reason!
2. Baby carrots: Especially handy if you can find 'em in mini bags!
3. Bananas: Handle with care, but will squash nagging hunger BIGTIME.
4. Jicama sticks: Incredibly refreshing with a satisfying crunch!
5. Grapes: Freeze 'em and eat slightly thawed!
6. Snap peas: Those bags of prewashed pea pods are a life-saver.
7. Mandarin oranges: Pack a couple in a baggie, and use the baggie for the peels.
8. Sweet mini bell peppers: The raw veggie that's never a bummer to chew!

And for a ton of classic emergency-snack info, click here, here, and here.

Chew on this:

Tomorrow, June 10th, is National Iced Tea Day. Did you see our recent Starbucks survival guide? It features one of our favorite iced teas of all time... Read up!

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