Search for the Perfect Snack

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    Mar 21, 2007 3:16 PM GMT
    Any suggestions for a good snack food?

    While tooling around in my jeep, I like to have something snack-y on the seat next to me. It has to be something unwrapped so it won't distract from driving, and something that can stand up to the temperature range in my car (within reason).

    Currently, the snack of choice is chocolate covered pretzels. This reflects the fact that I've given up on finding something that will be a source of protein rather than just pure carbs and sugar.

    A previous car snack choice was Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats. (Spending time in the cereal aisle revealed that KFMWs have the most protein per ounce of any other cereal. I've also tried fig newtons, but reading the lable, they're pretty much just empty carbs and sugar, too.

    And that's when I went over to the Dark Side with the chocolate covered pretzels.

    Anybody have any suggestions for me?
  • mtkroll

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    Mar 21, 2007 4:48 PM GMT
    From your post, it seems you are looking for a lower carb higher protein snack. Almonds are probably the best snack you have, most dietary experts recommend them. High in protein, relatively low in carbs, and the fats are the good ones. I also like beef jerky, which is high in protein, low in carbs, and low in fat, just try to find a lower salt brand. Those are my two faves.
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    Mar 21, 2007 11:38 PM GMT
    Agree w/ mtkroll. Those are great choices. I also carry baby carrots, an apple, or something like that. But those typically need to be cold.
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    Mar 25, 2007 6:28 AM GMT
    Yeah, I like beef jerky and almonds to if the jerky is not the sweet kind or too salty. I drove across country 7 times in a year once and beef jerky was my favorite snack. Also shelled sunflower seeds (dry roasted) or other kinds of seeds or nuts.
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    Mar 25, 2007 4:53 PM GMT
    Try peanuts!
    I buy the smaller Spanish peanuts with the skin still on from the bulk bins and keep them in a protein shake container. The mouth of the lid is big enough to allow you to pour them out without having to unscrew it (and it will sit in your cup holder). They are a little high in fat, but I imagine they can't be much worse than chocolate covered pretzels in that category. They are also damn near carb free and an excellent source of protein (around 8 grams per serving).
  • GQjock

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    Apr 15, 2007 10:04 AM GMT
    I was gonna say a piece of fruit of some kind but then I read that you went toolin around in a jeep
    and from experience when I had mine anything wet might now work to well
    so I'd vote for a handful of almonds or peanuts
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    Apr 15, 2007 11:05 AM GMT
    Almonds are a great snack. What hasn't been said is a "snack" is a one-ounce, 164-calorie serving of almonds. That's about a handful. (NOT five as I am more inclined to go for...)

    Keep in mind nature's power bar - the banana. Comes in its own biodegradable wrapper.

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    Apr 15, 2007 11:40 AM GMT
    Life without chocolate is not worth living. There is no such thing as a "bad" food. "Everything in moderation..."

    Stay with your current snack if that is what you enjoy.

    I limit my chocolate habit to 200 calories a day.

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    Jun 16, 2007 3:43 AM GMT
    What about those nabisco 100 calorie packs?
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    Jun 16, 2007 6:28 AM GMT
    High protein is great but people tend to over do it if its not closely following a workout. Cliff bars taste great, fill you up, have a great protein ratio, and are only $1 if you get it at walmarts. Even cheaper in big packs with some great flavors. If you want to get something with a lower glycemic value, go granola. A lot of bulk granola will give you options: cranberry, rainforest nut, low fat, soy nuts, etc. These give you the sustained carbs you need plus a small amount of protein especially if its a nut or soy mixed granola. If thats still not what you ate looking for, try a blue corn chip (lower glycemic so it wont go to your fat stores as much) with some humus or taboulle. MMMM
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    Jun 16, 2007 6:45 AM GMT
    Hmmm... my new trifecta of indulgence:

    Almonds, dried blueberries, and dark chocolate M&M's. I wouldn't keep em in the car though. It can get really unreasonably hot in there for any kind of food.

    Aside: My great ganddad used to wrap his (pot-roast-like) lunch in foil and cook it by laying it on top of the flat-head engine in the old Dodge truck.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 16, 2007 7:02 AM GMT
    I have to agree with the almonds!!
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    Jun 16, 2007 7:11 AM GMT
    If you're willing to consider a snack bar, I always keep one or two of these in my Jeep:

    http://www.organicfoodbar.com/

    Mostly raw, made with almonds, dates, flax, quinoa, etc., they're quite tasty, offer a decent amount of protein (up to 24 grams, I believe), and contain no soy, dairy, or gluten. I'm partial to the chocolate chip and cranberry ones.

    I like them because there's no sugar spike, nor is there that protein glob at the bottom of your stomach feeling.

    I buy them by the box at Trader Joe's or our local health food store. They also make a protein powder, FYI, that's made entirely from rice bran protein, so no soy or milk products.