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Healthy snacks to stash in your car

May 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Whether you're taking a road trip or a long L.A. commute, it's nice to have some good tasting snacks in the car to keep you from heading through the drive thru when your body gets ravenous. So here are some really nice options for your car stash.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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