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Healthy Snacks To Keep In The Car

Sometimes life is busy, you are in the car and on the go! This is when it can be especially helpful to have healthy options for the car that you can have ready 24/7, for days where life is not slowing down. I have a plethora of ideas for healthy snacks to keep in the car.

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, this is something that I discuss with clients quite often. Today, I’m sharing my go-to suggestions with you all! The food ideas will be split into categories by food group. This lists are not exhaustive, but they should give you a few ideas as you start building your healthy car snack stash. It can also be helpful to keep a bag of napkins and utensils in the car for some of the options.

Note: Asterisks* indicate ideas for your littlest ones. During development, it is important to introduce a variety of foods from different food groups as you expand your child’s palate. If you are unsure if your baby is ready for a new food, it’s best to consult your pediatrician before introducing the food.

⛤Whole grains are a great source of carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals in the diet. They are sometimes even a good protein source!

Here are few ideas to try:

  • Granolas Dietitian tip: Look for options with minimal added sugars.
  • Muesli
  • Popcorn
  • Whole grain cereals* (some options may be suitable for baby)
  • Whole grain crackers

When we think of whole grains, we often think of wheat, but there are a variety of other grains and starches as well. Here are a few to look for: amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, cornmeal, kamut, millet, oats, quinoa, rye, sorghum, spelt, teff, wheat, and wild rice.

⛤Vegetables are great sources of fiber vitamins and minerals.

Look for these creative options:

  • Freeze dried vegetables Dietitian tip: I look for options where the main or only ingredient is the veggie.
  • Beets, carrots, corn, edamame, okra, peas, sweet potatoes, tomatoes etc.
  • Dried vegetables
  • Kale chips, zucchini, etc.
  • Olive cups
  • Baby friendly, shelf-stable vegetables in jars or pouches*

⛤Fruits are great sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates!

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Freeze dried fruits Dietitian tip: I look for no sugar added- just the fruit!
  • Apples, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, mangoes, raspberries, strawberries, etc
  • Dried fruits
    Apples, cranberries, dates, figs, raisins, prunes, etc.
  • Fruit cups where the fruit is in water or fruit juice
  • Baby friendly, shelf-stable fruits in jars or pouches*

⛤There a plenty of protein options that you can keep in the car.

Check these out:

Nuts Dietitian tip: Look for unsalted options.

  • Almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, etc.
  • Nut butter individual packs* Dietitian recommendation: consult your pediatrician first for your little ones
  • Seeds
  • Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.
  • Meat packages-
    Tuna, salmon, chicken, etc.
  • Protein powders that can be added to water
  • Baby friendly, shelf stables meats in jars or pouches*

⛤Meal bars can also be a great staple to keep in the car for the adults and bigger kiddos. I look for bars with whole food ingredients like nuts, fruits, and vegetables. These are two of my go-to brands, currently.
Larabars and RX bars

You can also make mini or full meals by combining foods from the options above into a trail mix. Dried blueberries and almonds is a great option, which I have pictured here, but the possibilities are endless!

I hope this list of healthy snacks to keep in the car has been helpful to you all. If you do have any questions, feel free to reach out at aimee@nutritionelevated.com
Happy healthy snacking!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Aimee Sarchet is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Arizona. Her company, Nutrition Elevated, LLC exists with the goal of making nutrition understandable and practical- simple! She specializes in adult weight management and irritable bowel syndrome and partners with clients to achieve their goals in a way that is sustainable long-term. In her free time, you can find her producing videos for her Youtube account, Nutrition Elevated.

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For When Your Mind Is In Chaos

First up on my series of guest posters, is Amber Highlights!! She is such an amazing and inspirational writer, one who is passionate and full of so much to say. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this young lady! Amber— Take the spotlight! For When Your Mind Is In Chaos –

I suffer from a chaotic mind. It’s one of the worst things ever, as I have now developed full-on worry and anxiety. I am constantly frustrated and as expected, it disturbs my creative process.

It’s the worst because I always have this nagging feeling that what I do is not good enough or that something constantly needs to change in my life. People have different reasons why their minds are in total chaos, mine is because I doubt my abilities and I’m still holding on to past mistakes.

I wouldn’t say I suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD), but I do have a hard time focusing long enough on one thing because of all the self-doubt questions that come racing, ‘What if you’re not good enough?’, ‘What if you make that mistake again?’. It’s nerve-wracking and I can hardly ever get anything done.

One of the major side effects of my chaotic mind is procrastination. Because I always want things to be perfect and because I constantly doubt my abilities to achieve perfection (which is totally ridiculous by the way), I tend to just leave my work undone until the last minute or I just abandon it totally.

I’ve had to learn ways to deal with my chaotic mind and they seem to be working for me. I mean, I was able to complete this post *pats self on the back*.

So here are the tips I’d love to share with you if you’re anything like me:

  • Accept that things might not always go your way: One of the funniest things about life is how easily it can throw out the most well-thought out plans. Some things in life are just not going to go your way. Throw out all unnecessary attachments to specific outcomes. If things don’t go your way, take another path. Do not sit and sulk.
  • Let go of your past mistakes: Holding on to them and constantly fearing a repeat will not stop them from re-occurring. All this does is hold you back from amazing life experiences and achievements. You are not a failure because you made a mistake that one time. Learn from it and move on.
  • FreeMindSupplementsDo not procrastinate: A good way to get out of your own head and do things is to just start doing them. I know it sounds weird but it has worked for me. I don’t wait to feel like it, I just get up and do things. This way, before my mind can overthink things, I am already one step ahead.
  • You need a little positivity: Start appreciating the little things, be grateful for life, second chances and everything else you have going for you. Stop focusing on the bad and inject happiness into your life. Also, start practicing positive affirmations. A good way to start is by looking into the mirror today and telling that awesome reflection of yourself that ‘You are enough’.
  • Center yourself: Meditation is a good way to do this. I’m either using meditation apps or incorporating yoga into my workouts or just spending some quiet time in nature. Do it whatever way you’re comfortable with. Meditation is one of the best ways to clear your headspace.


Get out of your head today, free yourself from worry and anxiety. Do not allow a chaotic mind to ruin your creative process or stop you from living your best life. Take a breath of fresh air and enjoy life today!


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AMBER HIGHLIGHTS


“First of all, Amber is a pseudonym that I have chosen to write under so I can get as comfortable and personal as possible. Hopefully one day I’ll be brave enough to show my face.

I’m a 20 something year old college student blogging about my life’s experiences and my journey to self-discovery, hoping to inspire people along the way.”

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