My husband used to laugh at me for buying healthy cookies. “The whole point of eating cookies is to indulge,” he’d say. “They’re supposed to be rich and buttery.”
Then he tried a Nana’s chocolate chip cookie.
I shouldn’t say he tried one. He ate the whole cookie—my cookie, the one that I was just about to put in my mouth. I wasn’t very pleased.
“I thought you don’t like healthy cookies,” I said.
“These are good!” he replied. “Wow, I can’t believe how healthy these are for you,” he said over and over, reading the back panel.
Yes, they are good for you. The Original Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (the flavor he was enjoying) have very healthy ingredients, including whole wheat flour, rolled oats, fruit juice, rice dextrin, non-gmo expeller pressed canola oil, chocolate chips, walnuts, non-aluminum baking powder, natural flavoring, and sea salt. And they have a great, chewy, sweet, crumbly, natural flavor and texture. They don’t taste too dry, fake, grainy, or overly sweet, as some healthy cookies do. The one downside is that they’re very caloric (the chocolate-chip ones have 210 calories and 9 grams fat for only half of a cookie), so eat 1/2 a cookie for a light snack, or eat the whole thing when you need a more substantial snack. They do satisfy your hunger, and they come in great flavors besides chocolate chip, such as oatmeal raisin, sunflower (another one of my favorites), peanut butter, cranberry orange, coconut chip, ginger, and double chocolate. They also have wheat-free and gluten-free cookie varieties.
In my post on the health benefit of nuts, I mentioned how the snack-sized bags of nuts you get at a deli always contain around three portions, more than you need. So sometimes I’d by big bags of nuts and divvy them out into single servings in ziplok bags.
Well, I don’t have to waste my time doing that anymore now that I’ve discovered the company Peeled. They make exactly what I’d been looking for—single-serving, one-ounce bags of nuts.
The dry-roasted cashews, cleverly called Cashew Later, have 180 calories, 14 grams of fat (good fat), 4 grams of protein, 120 mg of sodium, and 8 percent of your daily iron. The natural almonds, called Almond-daze, have 170 calories, 16 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, 230 mg of sodium, 6 percent of your daily iron, and 8 percent of your daily calcium. I love the almonds. The cashews are a bit too salty for my taste, but I do like the dry-roasted flavor. The portion sizes are just right.
When I was in fifth grade, my friend’s parents took me on vacation with them to Chincoteague, VA. We were eating snacks in the back of the car. I ripped open a bag of pretzels the wrong way, and they exploded all over the back seat. Crumbs and salt everywhere. Took a while to clean up that mess.
Now I’m more careful when I eat in the car, and when I pack snacks for my family. I try not to bring anything that will make too many crumbs. (Even when I open pretzels the right way, they can still be too messy, depending on the kind.) I also avoid snacks that are too sticky and/or too stinky! And I avoid anything that would go bad quickly or need refrigeration (I don’t usually bring a cooler).
So what does that leave? I usually stick with healthy granola bars (chewy, not crunchy—the crunchy ones can be so crumbly). I also pack Ziplocs of trail mix, fruit snacks, carrots, or sliced apples or grapes, if I know I won’t have them out for too long.
Here are some other good ideas for healthy (and non-messy) car snacks for you and your little ones, from Disney Family.Com. Happy Travels!
– Lauren A.
If you have any good ideas for healthy, non-messy road trip snacks for kids, leave a comment for us below.
Today’s post is written by Registered Dietician, Allison Stowell, MS, RD, CDN on behalf of Guiding Stars.
I truly believe that the right snacks can make or break your day. Go too long between meals and you are probably going to overeat …choose a poor snack and you will likely have the same result (plus 100 calories or so).
But choose the right snack and you create a nutritious bridge from meal to meal that sustains you, controls hunger, appetite, fatigue and even mood. The Guiding Stars star-rated snack suggestions below are ideal because they include carbohydrate, protein and fat, which is a combination that will leave you satisfied. They are also great for your next summer trip as they fit into a small bag or drink cooler.
Here are 10 healthy snacks for summer travel that all earn Guiding Stars:
- Non-fat plain Greek yogurt: Pack single serving portions in a cooler. Enjoy as-is, topped with nuts and dried fruit, add honey for a sweet fruit dip or sprinkle in ranch seasoning for a veggie dip.
- Peanut Butter on whole wheat Goldfish® Bread: A fun twist on an oldie but goodie.
- Kashi Go Lean Caramel Peanut Roll: With a whopping 12 grams of protein, this satisfying snack will fill you up for less than 200 calories
- Wholly Guacamole 100 Calorie Packs: A pre-portioned pack of heart healthy, “great-for-you” guacamole. Pair with baby carrots for a very “starry” snack!
- Brothers-All-Natural Disney Freeze-Dried Pineapple Fruit Crisps: An easy-to-pack, portable serving of fruit
- Calbee Original Flavor Baked Snapea Crisps: A flavorful veggie snack that offers five grams of protein per serving
- Almond 100 Calorie packs: Perfect if you need a little help knowing when to stop!
- Eatsmart Naturals White Cheddar Cheese Multigrain Cheese Puffs: Gluten-free, whole grain and made with the “right” fat
- Blue Bran Vita Muffin: Pack one of these frozen muffins and it should be defrosted and ready to enjoy just about the time you are looking for your three o’clock coffee and a “something.” Only 100 calories and packed with 50% of your daily needs for vitamin A, vitamin C and iron and four grams of protein.
- Fruitabu Fruit Leathers: These all natural fruit snacks provide a half-serving of fruit in each bar!
The strange maple-syrup smell that has been drifting over New York City recently has left me with a craving for mapley foods. Yes, there’s the obvious way to eat maple syrup (pancakes! or, if you’re Buddy in Elf—on spaghetti), but I’m trying to have lighter meals and snacks these days, so instead, I’m going to make a recipe I found on the Food Network formaple glazed walnuts. I love all kinds of flavored nuts, and these are particularly good because they are sweet and salty, which is my favorite combination. And they’re healthy, too! (Unless you eat a pound at once, of course… and we all know that nuts can be hard to put down…)
The recipe is from the Food Network’s nutritionist/chef Ellie Krieger. (Check out her show and her tasty recipes online.) The only ingredients are walnuts, maple syrup, and salt—how simple is that? And it’s a nutritious snack. For starters, thewalnuts themselves are healthy. Also, there isn’t a ton of added sugar or fat. Adding maple syrup is a pretty natural way of sweetening food–some other nut recipes I’ve seen and tried have more fattening ingredients like butter, corn syrup, etc. (fine for a treat–I make buttery, spicy pecans when I entertain–but not so great for a daily snack). In fact, maple syrup even has some health benefits–did you know that it is a good source of manganese and zinc?