Energy-Packed Snacks

By Katie Stearns

When you're out glamping, exploring, and having your own little adventure, the last thing you want to do is reach into your backpack and find yourself out of snacks. That's why we've put together this little list of our favorite on-the-go, energy-packed bites. Stock up, pack your bag, and out get out and explore the world.

Health Warrior Chia Bars: Chia seeds have gotten a lot of attention lately, and rightfully so. With more Omaga-3 fatty acids than salmon, it also boasts fiber, protein, calcium, and antioxidants. These delicious bars are packed with three grams of protein, four grams of fiber, and did we mention they’re 100% vegan? We’re really obsessed with the coconut flavor, which features little more than chia seeds, brown rice syrup, cashew butter, coconut, and rolled oats.

The bottom line: These nutritious bars may be small, but they pack a lot of punch. Get a 15-pack for $23.50.

Baked Superfood Chips: As the name suggest, these “chips” are loaded with all sorts of nutritious goodies. The sea salt variety is comprised of pea protein, oat fiber, carrot, red bell pepper, sweet potato, sesame seeds, and broccoli. With an ingredient list like that, glampers can not only count on a healthy snack, but also a healthy boost of energy to boot.

The bottom line: We have a hard time calling these veggie crisps “chips,” but semantics aside, we love that they’re packed with nutrients, whole grains, and natural spices. Get a 5.5-ounce bag for $4.29.

Krave Beef Jerky: We’ll be the first to admit we can’t live on nuts, superfoods, and fruit alone. This garlic chili pepper beef jerky is packed with nine grams of protein and one gram of fat. It’s the perfect snack to grab when you’re low on energy and need an instant pick-me-up.

The bottom line: This beef jerky, which comes in 3.25-ounce bags, is delicious. With its zingy garlic-chili flavor, it delivers on much more than just the energy front. Get a 3.25-ounce bag for $7.

Korean BBQ Crunch Chickpeas: These addicting little bites are laced with a zingy Korean BBQ flavor, and they are roasted until crunchy. Guilt-free, delicious, and energy-loaded, this is one snack we could reach for again and again.

The bottom line: These crunchy chickpeas are addicting and full of nutritional value, which for us means it’s the perfect snack. You can get a six-ounce bag for $3.89.

Crispy Fruit Apple: Let’s be honest for a second. Sometimes, it’s not convenient to eat a fresh apple. Juice runs down your hand, and thick apple skin gets stuck in your teeth. Without a bathroom and running water at your disposal, it can get a bit messy. That’s exactly why we love these all natural, freeze-dried Fuji apple slices. There’s no need to worry about additives or preservatives, as this brand doesn’t use any. These apples are just that—apples.

The bottom line: These are perfect for those moments out and about. There’s no mess, no fuss, and you still get all the benefits of eating a deliciously natural apple. Get a six-pack for $7.99.

Trader Joe’s Apple + Fruit Bars: There’s something beautiful in simplicity, don’t you think? These bars have two kinds of fruit. That’s all. No preservatives, additives, fake colors, or artificial flavors. You can get apple with banana, mango, strawberry, or coconut. In a world full of all sorts of processed junk, we love finding gems like these.

The bottom line: Delicious, nutritious, and affordable. Each bar costs just $0.99.

Luna Bar: So we’re suckers for a healthy bar with a naughty twist, and this Choco Dipped Coconut Luna Bar is no exception. With nine grams of protein, three grams of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, these delicious bars are good for you even though they feel like dessert.

The bottom line: What can we say? We love this chocolate-coconut bar. We might love it because it’s more reminiscent of dessert than a protein bar, but hey, that’s our prerogative. Get a box of 15 for $18.75.

Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Blend: Forget the peanut butters of your youth, and give this nut butter a chance. It’s a decadent mixture of dry roasted hazelnuts and almonds, organic sugar, cocoa, cocoa butter, palm fruit oil, vanilla, and sea salt, and the finished product is an energy-packed nut spread. Spread it on apple slices, or simply grab a spoon. This delicious nut butter is great for a little energy boost, and it even comes in a little squeeze pack to take on the go.

The bottom line: We’re pretty much in love with commercial peanut butter’s healthy cousin, and now there’s no going back. Get a case of 10 1.15-ounce squeeze pack for yourself for just $11.99.

Boom Chickabites: Ancient grains plus popcorn plus pomegranate plus cashews? In our book, that equals pretty much the greatest snack ever. This is the perfect snack when you just feel like munching on something. Maybe you’ve stopped to take in a view, or you’ve sat down to rest your legs a bit. Trust us, it’s a good time for this snack to come into your life.

The bottom line: This healthy popcorn snack is everything we’ve been searching for and more. It uses whole grains, it’s gluten free, and hello, it has pomegranates. We’re sold. Get your own four-ounce bag for $3.99.

Salt Pepper Pistachios: Sweet, salty, and bright green, pistachios have kind of stolen our heart. Trader Joe’s added salt and pepper into the mix, and now it’s game over. Nuts are a simple go-to staple when it comes to energizing snacks, but these really take it to the next level.

The bottom line: With a handful of these, rest assured that you’ve got a quick, tasty snack that will provide you with energy and, with that light, peppery bite, keep you coming back for more. A 13-ounce bag is just $7.49.

Marge Granola: This local granola company based in Seattle produces some of the most delicious products. Apart from an A-plus product, everything is also refined sugar-free and non-GMO. We’re especially into the Hazelnut Cacao Nib Snack Pack, which has hazelnuts, walnuts, coconut, sesame seeds, cacao nibs, olive oil, and maple syrup. All good things, all ideal for a boost of energy.

The bottom line: First of all, we love that is local company started small and is gaining traction. We also love that it’s delicious and filled with the kinds of ingredients that are good for our body. Perhaps most of all, though, we love the three-ounce snack pack, which is perfect for travel and available for just $3.