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Who hasn't seen the pictures of Britney Spears leaving a gas station bathroom barefooted. I know, gross. But, maybe, just maybe she was in there to pick up a healthy snack. You scoff. Well it doesn't take a rocket scientist to find some good snack choices at your local gas station.

My grandchildren beg for sweets. So, when we have are filling up the gas tank, (no I don't take them to the bathroom barefooted) I allow them to pick one of these choices.

5 of the top choices:

  • Fruit Popsicle: Most deliver around 100 calories, less than half of what you’ll find in a typical candy bar. Even better: go for ones with no added sugar if you can find them.
  • Nuts: Got a salty craving? They are full of healthy fats and deliver protein, both of which help keep your tummy from grumbling later in the trip. Keep portions in check because the calories from nuts can add up quickly.
  • String Cheese: Skip the “cheesy”-flavored snacks and go for the real deal. These pre-portioned cheese sticks deliver protein, calcium and have less than 100 calories.

And not to leave my adult kids out, they can also pick:

  • Beef jerky: Packed with protein to satisfy your snack attack for the rest of your journey, and low in carbs unlike a lot of snack foods. Look for jerky with the least sodium.
  • Snack bars: Most deliver 200-250 calories, so they’re filling and, unlike a bag of trail mix, they’re pre-portioned so you won’t accidentally eat four servings. Watch out for super-sugary bars. Two healthy favorites made with whole ingredients like nuts and dried fruit are KIND bars and Lärabars.

Just because the snacks we picked are on the healthier side, our hands can be filled with gross germs. You can pick up a lot of bacteria out in the world, so it’s important to always wash your hands with soap and warm water before you eat your snack. Make sure to bring along hand sanitize in case you find yourself at a bathroom without any running water. You should also have a towel just for drying your hands as well as a towel for cleaning up food messes.

Beef Jerky
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Beef Jerky

Beef Jerkey or Jerky?
There is often confusion over the spelling of or products - is it beef jerkey or jerky? While the correct spelling is j-e-r-k-y, many of our customers spell the term "beef jerkey." Not to worry though, we've been selling "beef jerkey" long enough to know that making the best jerky on the market doesn't require a college degree in spelling. If you use the term "beef jerkey" in your order, we will still know what you mean.
A quick search on the internet will confirm that the use of the phrase beef jerkey is far more common than one might first think. "Beef jerkey" is used in both various homemade recipes, and in a variety of other applications. So if you were wondering about the spelling, or weren't 100 percent sure, now you know that you need to spell it "beef jerky" and not "beef jerkey."

Fruit Popsicle
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Fruit Popsicle

Cool down this summer with homemade fruit popsicles! You'll save money and reduce wasteful packaging by making your own. Plus, by adding in pieces of whole fruit, these healthy treats become quite beautiful and irresistible!

Protein Bars
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Protein Bars

Number one recommendation: LÄRABAR® is a delicious, gluten free blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts, and spices. Made from whole food, each flavor contains no more than nine ingredients - pure and simple, just as nature intended. Whether you're running a 5K or running after your kids, LÄRABAR is here to help fuel your day.

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String Cheese

Look at the nutritional value of one string cheese:

Serving Size 1 ea (21 g) - Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 50 - Calories from Fat 22 Total Fat 2.5g 4% - Saturated Fat 1.5g 7% - Cholesterol 10mg 3% - Sodium 180mg 7% - Carbohydrates 0g 0% - Dietary Fiber 0g 0% - Sugars 0g - Protein 6g