Healthy snacks to stash in your car

null Chips are usually the carb of choice so why not get some that are a cut above in terms of health. /*Falafel Chips*/ made with corn, chickpeas and veggies are lower in fat than other chips yet offer a nice amount of protein and fiber - five grams worth. They're trans fat free and low sodium as well. Falafel Chips are sold at Whole Foods Markets: $2.29 for 3.6 oz bags and $4.79 for 8 oz bags.

/*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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