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6 Road Trip Snack Hacks Under 250 Calories

A close-up of a slice of blueberry oatmeal bar on a blue spatula. Perfect for a road trip snack, the bar features a topping of whole blueberries and oats, with visible layers of oats and blueberry filling. The background shows a pan filled with more bars. MyFitnessPal Blog
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Snacks can make or break your daily calorie budget, so it’s important to choose smart options. Rather than spend money on unhealthy, high-fat, salty or sugary snacks, whip up these six homemade, travel-friendly bites before you hit the road. They’re all less than 250 calories per serving and will keep you satiated while you’re on the go.

1. BLACK & WHITE BANANA GRANOLA | TWO OF A KIND

Make this black-and-white banana granola to satisfy your sweet and crunchy cravings. Flavored with chocolate and vanilla, this two-toned treat packs a healthy dose of fiber and protein without an overload of sugar. Serve these clusters with fruit and yogurt for a quick breakfast. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1/4 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 178; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 157mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 5g

2. CURRY & SRIRACHA ROASTED CHICKPEAS | SIMPLE VEGANISTA

These tasty baked chickpeas are a satisfying way to get plant-based protein and fiber. If you’re not a curry fan, try using rosemary and garlic powder instead. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 139; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 796mg; Carbohydrate: 25g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 0g; Protein: 5g

3. SALTED CASHEW ENERGY BITES WITH CRANBERRIES | KRISTINE’S KITCHEN

Cashews make a great mild, nutty base for these bites, but almonds, walnuts or pecans would be delicious as well. They taste just like cookies, so don’t be surprised if they become your new favorite snack. Recipe makes 18 servings at 1 bite each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 88; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 49mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 2g

4. SKILLET-POPPED LENTILS | HEALTHY HAPPY LIFE

Curb mid-afternoon hunger pangs with these skillet-popped lentils. They’re as loaded with flavor as they are with protein and fiber (15 grams each per serving — double score). Recipes makes 2 servings at 1/2 recipe each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 210; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 228mg; Carbohydrate: 37g; Dietary Fiber: 15g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 15g

5. GRAB-AND-GO BLUEBERRY OATMEAL SNACK BARS | HUMMUSAPIEN

Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon treat, these vegan blueberry oatmeal bars are packed with good-for-you ingredients like whole-grain oats, blueberries and chia seeds. Pass them off as dessert with a scoop of vanilla Greek yogurt or ice cream. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 bar each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 159; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 102mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 3g

6. BAKED BANANA CHIPS | THE HONOUR SYSTEM

If you’re looking for a banana bread alternative, look no further than this easy-to-make snack. These two-ingredient banana chips are a great way to make good use of overripe bananas. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1/2 recipe each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 116; Total Fat: 0g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 31g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 16g; Protein: 1g

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