Snacks for Your Sum­mer Trav­els

Eight su­gar- free prod­ucts with min­i­mal in­gre­di­ents that are per­fect for sum­mer­time ex­cur­sions

Better Nutrition - - CONTENTS - /// BY MELISSA DIANE SMITH

A se­lec­tion of su­gar- free, sat­is­fy­ing on- the- go snacks.

Q My kids, who don’t eat much su­gar, are go­ing on two dif­fer­ent camp re­treats this sum­mer. I’m look­ing for nu­tri­tious and tasty, su­gar- free travel foods that have a short list of in­gre­di­ents. Are there any foods that fill all those bills? — Janet W., Erie, Pa.

a: Yes, for­tu­nately, there are. Con­sumers are in­creas­ingly de­mand­ing foods based on sim­ple, tasty, nu­tri­tious in­gre­di­ents, so it’s ac­tu­ally get­ting much eas­ier to find those kinds of prod­ucts.

Try the fol­low­ing eight foods— they’re per­fect for camp­ing, flights, hikes, or wher­ever your sum­mer ad­ven­tures take you. Many peo­ple think of spit­ting out or avoid­ing the seeds when they eat water­melon, but the seeds are a sur­pris­ingly nu­tri­tious part of the fruit, and sprout­ing the seeds im­proves their di­gestibil­ity and ac­ti­vates the pow­er­ful nu­tri­ents in­side. Sprouted water­melon seeds are an ex­cel­lent source not only of mag­ne­sium and zinc, but also of pro­tein— one ounce of sprouted water­melon sup­plies a whop­ping 10 grams! And the seeds are quite low in carbs, too. Sea­soned with

Sprouted Water­melon

Seeds make a very tasty snack. IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: Sprouted or­ganic water­melon seeds, Celtic sea salt.

Royal Hawai­ian Sea Salt Ma­cadamias

All nuts are easy- to- trans­port, nu­tri­ent­packed morsels that are great for trips, and ma­cadamia nuts make an es­pe­cially deca­dent- feel­ing on- the- go treat. They’re rich in mo­noun­sat­u­rated fat, which can sta­bi­lize blood su­gar lev­els. You can take a small amount in your bag, plop a few in your mouth when you need them, sa­vor them slowly, and rel­ish their mouth­feel and rich­ness. IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: Ma­cadamia nuts, sea salt, ma­cadamia nut oil.

Thrive Tribe Toasted Onion Co­conut Chips

Nix po­tato and corn chips that leave you want­ing steady en­ergy an hour af­ter you eat them. Snack in­stead on Thrive Tribe

Toasted Onion Co­conut Chips. Th­ese sa­vory, Pa­leo- friendly chips are nutri­ent- packed and rich in easy- todi­gest, good fat from co­conut. IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: Co­conut chips, onion pow­der, gar­lic pow­der, sea salt.

Wild Planet Wild Pink Sal­mon

Skin­less and bone­less sal­mon is cooked just once to re­tain its nu­tri­tional po­tency and nat­u­ral juices. The fish tastes great, and it’s sus­tain­ably caught. A 2- oz. serv- ing con­tains an av­er­age of 340 mg of an­ti­infl am­ma­tory EPA and DHA omega- 3 fatty acids. IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: Skin­less, bone­less wild pink sal­mon and sea salt.

Epic Pro­vi­sions Veni­son Sea Salt + Pep­per Bar

Unsweet­ened meat jerky pro­motes steady, long- term en­ergy while trav­el­ing, but find­ing a jerky with­out sweet­en­ers isn’t easy. En­ter EPIC Pro­vi­sions

Veni­son Sea Salt + Pep­per Bar, which is made from 100 per­cent grass- fed veni­son. The bar pro­vides 12 grams of pro­tein and only 2 grams of carbs. You can find the same veni­son jerky in smaller por­tions as EPIC Veni­son Snack Strips and Veni­son Bites. IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: Grass fed veni­son, lac­tic acid, sea salt, cel­ery pow­der, cracked pep­per, onion pow­der, gar­lic pow­der.

Jilz Orig­i­nal Gluten- Free Crack­erz

For crack­ers with crunch and a great sa­vory taste, try Jilz Orig­i­nal Gluten- Free

Crack­erz. Made from or­ganic seeds, seed flours, al­mond flour, and tapi­oca flour,

Go Raw Sprouted Water­melon Seeds

th­ese hand­crafted crack­ers— which were voted fa­vorite gluten- free cracker on the mar­ket by The Los An­ge­les Times— pro­vide nutri­ent- packed fuel that gives you far longer stay­ing power than fl our­based crack­ers. IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: Or­ganic sesame seeds, or­ganic tapi­oca flour, or­ganic

sun­flower seed flour, or­ganic chia seeds, or­ganic flax seeds, or­ganic ap­ple cider vine­gar, sea salt, coarse ground pep­per­corns.

Ju­lian Bak­ery Sun­flower But­ter Pa­leo Pro­tein Bar

With four sim­ple in­gre­di­ents, Ju­lian Bak­ery Sun­flower But­ter Pa­leo Pro­tein Bar is a god­send for peo­ple who want a peanut- tast­ing— yet peanut- free— pro­tein bar with­out whey or milk pro­tein iso­late, su­gar, or su­gar al­co­hols. This bar has only 150 calo­ries, and it’s sweet­ened with monk fruit. It also con­tains or­ganic pre­bi­otic fiber from tapi­oca, which helps im­prove di­ges­tion and curb ap­petite. IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: Egg whites ( from cage- free chick­ens), or­ganic sun­flower but­ter, or­ganic pre­bi­otic tapi­oca fiber, monk fruit.

Rx Pro­tein Bar— Peanut But­ter, Blue­berry, or Ap­ple Cin­na­mon

For a sta­bi­liz­ing mini- meal, give Rx Pro­tein

Bars a try. Th­ese bars have such sim­ple ba­sic in­gre­di­ents, they’re ac­tu­ally listed on the front of the pack­age: 3 egg whites, 6 al­monds, 4 cashews, and 2 dates. While many fl avors are avail­able, the va­ri­eties with the fewest in­gre­di­ents are Peanut But­ter, Blue­berry, and Ap­ple Cin­na­mon. IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: Egg whites, al­monds, cashews, dates. ( The Peanut But­ter bar also con­tains peanuts, while the Blue­berry has blue­ber­ries and nat­u­ral blue­berry fla­vor, and the Ap­ple Cin­na­mon has ap­ples, nat­u­ral ap­ple fla­vor, and cin­na­mon.)

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