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.

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.

FYI: As an Amazon Associate, we may receive compensation from some of these links.

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!

Make sure your pals know about the best snacks around! Click "Send to a Friend" or forward ASAP.


We may receive affiliate compensation from some of these links. Prices and availability are subject to change.

We may have received free samples of food, which in no way influences whether these products are reviewed favorably, unfavorably, mentioned with indifference, or mentioned at all. Click for more about our editorial and advertising policies.

*The WW Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by WW International, Inc., the owner of the Points® trademark.

Questions on the WW Points® values listed? Click here.

Hungry Girl provides general information about food and lifestyle. This information and any linked materials are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment. Click here for more information.