I did a little traveling this week and, if you’re anything like me, you know that traveling calls for snacks — preferably high-protein snacks.
I’m not a huge snacker in my day-to-day life, but there’s something about a road trip that requires snacks. I like to have snacks on hand for when I reach my destination, too — when you’re out of your routine, it’s easy to find yourself in a situation where you’re hungry but only have fast food or gas station food as an option. To avoid that, it’s good to have some high-protein snacks with you that will satisfy your hunger and keep you from heading to the nearest drive-through.
For this trip, I packed a few of my favorite high-protein snacks to keep in my purse or eat while on the road. These snacks are all super convenient, healthy, and, of course, high in protein.
I like that they’re all made with real-food ingredients and don’t contain a ton of sugar — not ideal for when you want to stay full and avoid a blood sugar crash. Some of them are a bit out of the ordinary, too. If you travel a lot and are getting tired of the same old snacks, try shaking things up with one of these:
To make these, simply take a few slices of deli turkey (I like this brand or this brand) and spread a little mashed avocado on each slice. Add your favorite sliced vegetables (I used carrots and bell peppers), then roll them up. Store them in a plastic bag or Tupperware container and pull them out when you’re ready to eat! If you’re going to be traveling for a long time (i.e., more than four hours or so), I recommend keeping this in a cooler or insulated bag.
Most of the time, when you think of a protein bar, you think of a super sweet, highly processed bar. Epic bars are neither of those things. But, they are made with real, natural ingredients and are super satisfying. I like both of these flavors, but the bison was my favorite of the two.
If you’re someone who prefers sweet protein bars, I highly recommend Rx Bars. They’re made with natural, real ingredients, just like Epic bars, but they’re sweet instead of savory. Some people have a hard time with the texture of these, but if you don’t mind a bar that’s a bit chewy, they’re a great option for when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to go HAM on a bunch of desserts.
Pumpkin seeds, surprisingly, have a decent amount of protein in them. One serving (1/4 cup) has about 9 grams — just a bit less than the venison Epic Bar and most Rx Bars.
Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of zinc, magnesium, and iron. You may be traveling, but that doesn’t mean you get to stop caring about your micronutrients!
I do recommend bringing along some kind of measuring cup to measure out a serving of pumpkin seeds, though. They’re very calorie-dense and it’s easy to overeat them if you haven’t measured out a serving beforehand.
There you have it! Four options for healthy, real-food, high-protein snacks that are perfect for enjoying on the road — or any time when you need a satisfying snack (I wish I had known about these options when I was in school!).
Do you eat any of these on the regular? If so, which one’s your favorite?