Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Best Road Trip Snacks 2019 Part 1: Sweet Treats #roadtrip #snackonthego #ontheroadagain #WGTravel

The Weekend Gourmet team is hitting the road this week for a three-day Texas road trip! We'll be spending time in Waco and Fort Worth to check out two of Texas Monthly magazine's Top 25 new BBQ joints, visiting an animal sanctuary in Tyler, enjoying authentic Louisiana cuisine in Shreveport, and visiting a new Texas themed boutique hotel property in Dallas. That's a lot of miles over four we need to ensure we have plenty of fun road trip snacks to fuel us for our Summer adventure! Just in time for this trip, I'm sharing my second annual roundup of the best road trip snacks. Last year's roundup was so popular, I decided to do it again! 

I'm starting today with my picks for the best portable sweet treats -- including plenty of healthy options that won't fill you up with exctess calories and sugar! I'm also providing WW Freestyle SmartPoints information for each of these snack options for my fellow WW members. I want to show that smart snacking can be part of any road trip! By choosing the items that I pack for my snacks, I also avoid the temptation of unhealthy snacks available at convenience stores along the way. Pre-planning is one of my favorite ways to save calories, fat, and points. That said...there aren't a few splurges in my selections. This IS a vacation after all!!

(1) S'mores OREO Cookies. Leave it to Nabisco! One of their Limited Edition Summer flavors is a cookie riff on a quintessential Summer favorite: s'mores. These tasty cookies feature crunchy graham cracker-flavored cookies paired with marshmallow and chocolate fillings. I think this might be my favorite Limited Edition far. The flavor is spot on! Be sure to grab a package fast, because they won't be around forever. The key to responsibly enjoying these cookies is portion control!
WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 3 SP per cookie

(2) Wildway Grain-Free Granola and Fruit & Nut Snack Mix. Wildway is based here in San Antonio, and they offer a tasty range of single-serve grain-free granola and snack mixes that are sugar free, healthy, and delicious! Their single-serving packages of grain-free granola are soft and chewy...with nuts, dates, and only natural sweeteners. Flavors include Banana Nut and Vanilla Bean Espresso. Wildway Fruit & Nut Snack Mixes are made with 100% natural ingredients...with no added sugars. Flavors include Pineapple Mojito and Salted Chocolate Truffle.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints:
  • Grain-Free Granola:
  • Fruit & Nut Snack Mix: 8 SP per pouch
(3) Bob's Red Mill Bob's Better Bars. Instead of reaching for a sugary candy bar on the road...reach for one of these oatmeal and peanut butter bars instead! These tasty bars come in six flavors that complement their oatmeal and peanut butter base: Peanut Butter Jelly, Peanut Butter Banana, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Peanut Butter Coconut, and Peanut Butter Apple Spice. Each filling snack bar is made with simple, natural ingredients...and sweetened with honey and tapioca syrup. Add a piece of fruit or yogurt, and you've got yourself an on-the-go breakfast for those busy mornings when you need to hit the road bright and early!
WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 7 SP per bar

(4) Welch's Fruit 'n Yogurt Bites. Welch's Fruit 'n Yogurt Bites combine Welch's fruit snack bites covered in a creamy white yogurt coating. I especially love that these bites come packaged in portion-controlled, single serving pouches. Each pouch has just 80 calories too! Welch's Fruit 'n Yogurt Bites come in Strawberry, Blueberry, and Cherry flavors.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 4 SP per pouch
(5) Zeno's World's Most Famous Salt Water Taffy™. I love salt water taffy...but many brands I try are hard on my teeth. Not Zeno's! Their soft, chewy taffy has been made by four generations of family toffee makers since 1948. You can shop their toffee by color, flavor...or even a "try all the flavors" assortment. There are 90+ flavors to choose from...and they're all fun. I especially love that each shipment comes with a color card that helps you figure out what flavor every piece of taffy is before you pop it in your mouth!
WW Freestyle SmartPoints:  5 SP per 4 pieces

(6) Cookie Pop Popcorn. What's better than popcorn, you ask? Popcorn covered with your favorite cookies and candy! Cookie Pop comes in two great flavors: Mrs. Field's Cookies & Cream and Mrs. Field's Chocolate Chip Cookie. There's even a Candy Pop Popcorn that features Butterfinger candy. Each single-serving bag is made from non-GMO popcorn and has 140-150 calories! A bag of this sweet drizzled popcorn feels like a splurge, but I love the portion-controlled bags -- to keep me from overeating this delicious treat!
WW Freestyle SmartPoints:  
  • Cookies & Cream: 6 SP per 1.5-cup bag
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie: 7 SP per 1.5-cup bag
  • Butterfinger: 6 SP per 1.5-cup bag
(7) Bobo's Oat Bars and Oat Bites. Love oatmeal? Then you'll go crazy for Bobo's Oat Bars and Oat Bites! The company started in 2003 as a mother-daughter tradition to bake the bars for family. Now? They're available nationwide. These healthy, delicious bars are made in small batches with organic whole grain oats and other natural ingredients. They come in a wide range of flavors like Coconut, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Maple Pecan, and Lemon Poppyseed. Bobo's Oat Bars are lightly sweet and super filling -- one bar with a piece of fruit is a perfect on-the-go breakfast! Prefer a smaller serving? No problem! Bobo's Oat Bites provide the same great taste of their original bars in a smaller portion size.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints:
  • Bobo's Oat Bars: 7 SP per bar
  • Bobo's Oat Bites: 6 SP per bite
(8) Honey Stinger Organic Waffles. If you've ever tasted stroupwafffle cookies, then you'll absolutely love Honey Stinger's delicious organic waffles. Two crisp waffle wafers are sandwiched with a range of flavored organic honey fillings -- including simply honey, caramel, lemon, and gingersnap. These cookies are healthy, but they taste downright decadent. Each single-serving waffle has 150 calories...and zero trans fat or cholesterol. These cookie-like waffles are one of the best new-to-me food items so far this year!
WW Freestyle SmartPoints:  7 SP per waffle

(9) Rhythm Superfoods Crunchy Mango Bites. These crunchy mango bites are a seriously delicious way to enjoy a crunchy treat that's healthy too! Organic mango pieces are dehydrated, then pressure popped. The end result is a sweet, fruity treat that's also a great source of fiber and potassium. An entire 1.8-ounce bag has 180 calories and 4 grams of filling fiber. The tropical flavor and crunch make these mango bites a delicious treat that can be enjoyed all day long.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints:  5 SP per 1.8-oz bag

That's personal suggestions for sweet treats that can be enjoyed when you're on the road vacationing this Summer! Be sure to come back next week, when I'll share my favorite savory and crunchy road trip snacks...along with some suggestions for refreshing Summer beverages.

Disclosure: The manufacturers of the products featured in this article provided me product samples to facilitate inclusion. I only recommend food items to my readers and social media followers that I have personally tried myself and enjoy.

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