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Healthy Snacks for Every Craving: Well-Balanced

You wouldn’t know it from how much we talk about cookies, but Birchbox staffers are a pretty healthy bunch. We love our veggies and mind-clearing workouts, and are always up to try the latest fitness class or nutrition bar. Which is why we have new regular column: Well-Balanced. Check back weekly for our latest wellness obsession.image

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Mea culpa. This week’s post is late because the dog ate it  I was traveling earlier this week and have been digging out of my inbox ever since. But my recent trip (Los Angeles for a whopping 36 hours) reminded me of the importance of having snacks on hand at all times. I was (duh) stuck in traffic on (duh) the 405 when I got incredibly, all-encompassingly hangry. I had nothing to eat on, not even a dusty lozenge, and I was nowhere near a delicious fish taco or green smoothie.

While I was sitting in my rental car, I had plenty of time to fantasize about the healthy snacks I should have packed. Here are wholesome plane- and car-friendly foods for all types of cravings.

Sweet: I crave cookies, oh, all the time (Ed. note: Truer words never spoken). Whenever I fly, I pack mini bags of Barbara’s Snackimals, as well as really exceptional dark chocolate—I’m partial to Fine & Raw and Mast Brothers. In my book, travel is the time to splurge on the good stuff. And recently, Miko on our brand partnerships team introduced me to Hail Merry macaroons, and I’m in love with their chewy texture and deep cocoa flavor.

Salty: As much as I adore Cheetos, Food Should Taste Good multi-grain chips are a much smarter bet and almost as satisfying. On my last few flights, I’ve brought Sabra Hummus and Pretzel cups and decided that the protein and carb duo is a near-perfect plane snack.

Fresh: If you’re like me, there comes a point when you’re flying when you crave something, anything fresh. This is where it pays to plan ahead and bring a bag of apple slices or grapes. But if you’re in a pinch, there’s always a slightly green banana you can pick up at an airport deli, and probably a crudite plate or some applesauce on board for purchase.

Protein: So no one really craves protein. But when you need something filling—and fast—you can’t beat a handful of cashews or almonds. I also like natural granola bars (try Larabar or Pure).


For tips from an actual expert, read Dr. Frank Lipman’s healthy snack makeover guide.

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