I love trying new foods when I travel and eating at restaurants in general. Food is a huge part of culture and sitting down for a restaurant meal is how I slow down and relax on vacation. Sounds great, right? And it is — except for the parts where I both overeat and overspend.
Snacking is the perfect solution to keep me fueled inbetween restaurant portions and keep my blood sugar up so that I don’t make stupid mistakes or get cranky toward my travel companions (trust me, that’s a real problem otherwise!). I love to pick up some of my snacks at local markets, but other times that doesn’t make sense. Buying your snacks ahead of time means you’re not surprised by the ingredient list on local snacks, stuck overpaying for airport food, or realizing that every store in town closed at 6pm when you’re starving at bedtime.
I stick to healthy snacks to provide a boost of protein and energy without leaving me stuck with a future sugar crash or feeling bloated from salt and oils. By all means, if you have favorite snacks at home, bring them along, but if not these are some of my favorite healthy snack ideas:
What is It?: Shelf-stable “meal” boxes with five different snacks inside, always including a protein, high-fiber carbs, something salty, and something sweet!
Cost: $3-6 each with discounts on subscription service or multi-packs (save more with this Groupon; if you’re new to Groupon, I appreciate you using my referral link to join)
Becky’s Take: These boxes are only 300-400 calories in total, which in my opinion is a perfect hearty snack or you can just eat part of it when you need a little pick-me-up since each snack inside is individually packaged and easily saved for later. You’ll find vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and all-natural options so you can feel good about what you’re eating.
My Favorite: The Black Bean Dip & Plantain Chip box, which also comes with a ginger fruit & nut mix, edamame seed blend, and chocolate-tangerine candy.
Love With Food
What is It?: A box full of individual goodies mailed each month, giving you the chance to try one portion of a bunch of different snacks.
Cost: $10-12/month including shipping (or about $1/snack) but you can save $5 on your first order with code TTFRIEND + 6-month prepaid subscriptions include a 2-year subscription to Rachael Ray’s magazine
Becky’s Take: This is Christmas in a box! I love having a surprise package full of treats show up on my doorstep and trying foods I didn’t even know existed. I like about 90% of what they send, but since everything comes in a single portion, if you don’t like it, simply move on. No need to feel guilty about munching from this box since you’ll find lots of good for you ingredients.
My Favorite: Caveman Cookies because it’s a cookie with no remorse!
What is It: A tray of healthy snacks delivered to your doorstep every two weeks, featuring ingredients like dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and chocolate. Choose from a standard box or the low-calorie option.
Cost: $6 including shipping for four individually-wrapped portions, each roughly the size of a deck of cards and 50-200 calories (your first and fifth box are free with my referral invitation).
Becky’s Take: I love that Graze makes it simple to rate each snack that you try and that they get smarter about your favorite snacks with each delivery. If you love dried pineapple and cashews but hate corn chips, they’ll mix and match your box accordingly. The downside is the portions are fairly small, so it can be a tad expensive. Compared to a bag of chips at the airport, it’s a good deal but I can’t justify eating them at home.
My Favorites: “Brooklyn Bites” (poppyseed pretzels, cheese cashews, and roasted pumpkin seeds) and “Raspberry Coconut Muffin” (amaretti drops, raspberry infused cranberries, almond slices and coconut flakes).
What is It: Another delivery box of snacks, but these are 3-5 servings per bag and 5 bags per month.
Cost: $20/month, but you can get half off your first month with code QJVUA or one lucky reader can get their first month for $2 using code FREE-A5EKELU7.
Becky’s Take: I have mixed feelings on Nature Box. The snacks are delicious and at times downright addicting. However, since they’re not in individual portions, they aren’t always suited for travel. Throw them in the car for a roadtrip (it’s way healthier than fast food!) but perhaps give it a pass for flying, unless you’re willing to portion in Ziploc bags ahead of time.
My Favorites: Cashew Power Clusters and Peanut Butter Nom Noms
What Is It: A service that buys your groceries for you, offering delivery (extra charge) or pick-up from dozens of locations in Baltimore, Washington DC, and select other areas in Maryland and Virginia. Cost: Standard non-sale grocery prices, but you can get $30 off your first $50+ purchase through my invitation link.
Becky’s Take: If you can find it at a grocery store, you’ll find it through Relay Foods, whether that’s fruit, cheese, Oreos, a case of soda, or a bottle of wine. Even if you’re just visiting these areas, you can have your order delivered to your hotel room so you don’t have to bother with rental cars or dragging your family to run errands on vacation. Feel free to also order things like shampoo instead of being limited by airline restrictions!
My Favorites: Individually-wrapped Erin Baker’s Morning Glory Breakfast Cookies to eat on the go and Annie’s Organic Snack Mix for sharing and munching in the car.
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