Salba Smart snacks get the thumbs up as a snack that's not only gluten free but also offers extra omega-3 fats from a grain called salba. Offered in 100 calorie packs it helps keep you honest. Small bags average 70 cents, about $3.75 for the big bag of pretzels. Salba Smart pretzels are sold at Whole foods, New Leaf Markets, New Frontiers, and Mother's Markets.
Snapea Crisps are worth a look as well. They are baked snap peas that also offer more protein and fiber than your standard chip, along with giving you a bit of calcium, Vitamin C, and iron in your day. In terms of fat and calories, they're similar to potato chips (150 calories, 8 g fat per serving) and cost $1.39 a bag. They're sold at Amazon.com, Albertson's, Vons, Ralphs, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and Safeway.
Fruit is always a good idea, but can be messy when you drive. At $1.49, freeze dried fruits from Crispy Green are a nice option. Pineapple, banana or apple, they're easy to eat, naturally sweet finger food. You can also get a 6-pack for $7.99. Crispy Green dried fruits are sold at Whole Foods, Harvest Market, and Jessica Café.
But if you want the real deal, a great protein pick me up or partner to your apple is single serving nut butter by Justin. Plain or flavored - almond or peanut butter - these packets come in 2 tablespoon servings in easy squeeze packaging. Justin's Nut Butter squeeze packs cost $5.78 for a 10 pack of peanut butter or $9.53 for a 10 pack of almond butter. You can buy Justin's Nut Butter at Whole Foods and Toys 'R' Us.
And for those who like to belly up to a bar, Miracle Reds or Macro Greens are a refreshing difference from some of the other processed options. The bars are a combination of nuts, dates, and fruits, along with non-dairy probiotics and a host of antioxidants. Berri-berri and chocolate and cinnamon are two great tasting raw food bars that have a lot of fiber in them to help you stay full on your journey. Macro Greens Nutritional Bars are $7.99 for 3 bars or $31.95 for a box of 12 bars. Miracle to Go Packets are $26.50 for 12 packets. They're sold at www.amazon.com and www.MacroLifeNaturals.com.
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- Link: Crispy Green fruit
- Link: Natural Grocers
- Link: Justin's Nut Butter
- Link: MacroLife Naturals
- Link: Amazon.com