Easy Snacks for Hotel Rooms

Snacks offered in hotels are typically unhealthy and tempting. For a recent hotel stay in Chicago, I brought prepackaged snacks to stave off hunger between meals.  If I come to a meal ravenous, I invariably overeat.

It worked! The weekend – our son’s law school graduation – included three celebratory meals and one reception. My snacks, which contained fat and protein for staying power, helped me eat moderately at all times.

Why Pack Processed Snacks?

We hear so much about avoiding processed foods, but sometimes that’s hard to do, especially during sweltering summer weather. Cut-up produce  and cheese require refrigeration and are easily squished in luggage. My realistic goal: Pack snacks that are healthier than the usual vending machine junk.

Because  I had healthier treats in my room, I didn’t overeat at meals.  And I didn’t overdo the hotel’s sugar-crusted shortbread cookies, offered free every afternoon.

Here’s what I packed, for a five-hour road trip and four days in a hotel:

A Chocolate Nut Luna Bar

These popular protein bars taste almost like a candy bar, but contain 9 grams of protein a serving. At 200 calories a bar, they are good to eat as an afternoon snack alongside a cup of coffee.

Eden Dry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a delicious nutrition powerhouse. A 1 ounce bag has 9 grams of protein 4 grams of fiber and are a good source of iron and magnesium.

Justin’s Peanut Butter Packets

These single-serve packets are tailor made for peanut butter fanatics who like to eat a spoonful of peanut butter straight from the jar. Each packet (about two tablespoons of peanut butter) contains 8 grams of protein, 7 grams of carbs and 250 calories. Although a serving contains 16 grams of fat, most of it is unsaturated.

Whisps Cheese and Pretzel Bites

These crunchy, salty snacks will satisfy a craving for cheesy snack foods, but with only 11 grams of carbs and 8 grams of protein a serving. Note: People who have hypertension may want to take a pass on these – a serving of Whisps contains 480 mg of sodium🙁.

Peanut Butter Kodiak Bar (not pictured)

I’m crazy about these 210 calorie bars that taste like regular granola bars, but contain 9 grams of pea protein. The taste of the added protein is undetectable. Note: These bars are extremely popular and grocery stores have trouble keeping them in stock. Best bet: order directly from Amazon.

Enjoy filling snacks during summer trips!

 

 

 

 

 

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