It’s that time of year. The pressure. The anxiety. The hours in the car with your parents. You’ll get through this! Everyone does. And to help you make healthy decisions while you’re on the road, we’ve put together our top nutrition tips. We know getting a good workout on the road is tough, but your nutrition shouldn’t also have to take a hit. See below for VarCity’s top five nutritious roadside snacks.
1. Best Granola Bar: Kind Nut Bar
Everyone loves a good granola bar and this one has tons of bang for your caloric buck: healthy fats, 6 g of protein, next to no sodium, and a reasonable dose of sweetness (just 5 g). It's also a great (and totally natural) source of selenium, magnesium, copper, and vitamin E—no fortified additives here.
2. Best Potato Chip: Kettle Real Sliced Potatoes Sea Salt
Baked chips!? We know, we know...they’re usually the lame tag-along friend to your Subway sandwich. But Kettle has worked some kind of crispy, salty, satisfying magic with this product line. These 3-ingredient baked chips taste just like they're fried—and you can eat 20 of them for just 120 calories and 3g of fat.
3. Best Popcorn: Indiana Fit Sea Salt Popcorn
Pause for a moment to appreciate the glory of popcorn: a carb-satisfying snack that's high in fiber and low in calories with a short ingredient list and absolutely zero sugar. Indiana does it even better with no genetically modified corn or oil.
4. Best Candy: Pretzel M&Ms
While not ideal, we know sometimes you gotta go for that candy snack (e.g. when your parents have a mid-trip meltdown or when that student guide drops some seriously depressing admissions stats). This sweet does way less damage than others in its category: it's got 150 calories, 3 g of saturated fat, and 17 g of sugar per bag. Compare that to regular Milk Chocolate M&Ms, loaded with 240 calories, 6 g saturated fat, and 30g of sugar.
5. Best Nuts: Wonderful Almonds Roasted & Salted
Toasty flavor, crispy skin, and absolutely no added oils—that's the beauty of dry-roasted almonds like these. Even better: these nuts are rich in fiber, B vitamins, calcium, potassium, and more. Nutrition never tasted so good.