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Looking For a Healthy Travel Snack? Try These Protein Bars

Looking For a Healthy Travel Snack? Try These Protein Bars

Pick the right protein bars for the perfect healthy snack while traveling.

Protein bars can be the perfect healthy travel snack option for travelers who care about their health and fitness. Choosing the right protein bars can be tricky if you're not paying enough attention to the ingredients. Many protein bars available are nothing more than candy bars in disguise.

So what should you be looking for in a protein bar? The most important factor is checking the ingredients. "Many protein bars have a lot of junk added to them," says Mitzi Dulan, RD, CSSC, team nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals and CLIF Nutrition Partner. The bottom line is the less ingredients, the better. Many protein bars contain around 20 ingredients in them; far too many. Stick to the ones with 3-10 ingredients and contain nothing that you don't recognize.

Still unsure what protein bars you should pack for your next trip? Here are a few that you can enjoy while traveling and not worry that you're eating a chemical-laden sugar bomb.


RxBar has developed an amazing protein bar that is made from only real food, tastes great and contains no unnatural processed garbage. You won't find ingredients here that you can't pronounce and have no idea what they are. These protein bars will make you feel great and keep you healthy on the go.

Recommended: Chocolate Sea Salt

Ingredients: Egg whites, almonds, cashews, dates, cacao, sea salt, natural chocolate flavor.


Exo Cricket Flour Bars

I know what you're saying to yourself right now. Cricket flour? Yes you read that correctly. Before you decide to skip this one, hear me out. It's not as bad as it sounds. Exo protein bars do not taste like bugs and the benefits of insect-based food has been gaining some serious traction in recent years. Get ready for a quality snack, increased energy and mental clarity if you decide to give these a shot. 

Exo protein bars are now available on some JetBlue flights.

Recommended: Peanut Butter and Jelly

Ingredients: Peanuts, strawberries, apricots, cricket flour, gluten-free oats, ground flaxseeds, puffed brown rice, honey, vanilla extract, sea salt.


MacroBars contain minimal ingredients, are all organic and use plant-based protein to provide you with a great, healthy travel snack option. They taste great: soft, sweet and chewy. The only downsides are they can be pricey and do not contain as much protein as the other bars listed here. Still, MacroBars are a great snack to bring on your next trip.

Recommended: Banana + Almond Butter

Ingredients: Organic brown rice syrup, organic almond butter, organic protein blend, organic bananas, organic puffed brown rice, organic sunflower seeds, organic walnuts, organic coconut sugar, organic cinnamon, organic natural banana flavor.

Bottom Line

Packing healthy snacks will help you avoid making bad food decisions while you travel. It's half the battle in staying fit while traveling. These three protein bars are great options that we highly recommend, but there are plenty more out there to bring with you on your next trip.

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