Monday, February 8, 2010

Great Packable Snack Idea: Individual Nut Butter Packets

I'm always on the lookout for nutritious snacks that I can pack away in my bag for travel or in everyday running around! I believe that having a nutritious snack on-hand helps you avoid eating a fast/junk food, which really doesn't do much for your energy. For example, the apples with caramel sauce option at some fast food chains is a treat, but not a nutritious snack because it contains high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Nutritionally, you're better off packing your own snacks, but even more reason--it saves you time! You don't have to go searching for food. If you treat your body well and in good health, your body will naturally be hungry after 3-4 hours. To keep your metabolism going, a healthy well-portioned snack gives you the energy boost to keep going.

Back to the nut butter packets...I bought these to pack in my bag for the hospital. When I go into active labor patterns, I'm going to make my way to the hospital with Aaron and my doula. This is my first baby, but from my research and knowing my body, I'll need healthy light snacks to keep my energy up. Midwives and doulas recommend that laboring women eat lightly and drink regular fluids to keep their energy strong during labor. I'm all over it! What else is in my snack bag for the hospital? ...Natural juice boxes, Horizon low-fat milk in a box, crackers, and trail mix. Plus, I know Aaron will forget to eat and having the snacks available for both of us will be very helpful!

These nut butters "Honey Peanut Butter" and "Maple Almond Butter" are all-natural and I plan to spread them on crackers or whole wheat bread. They were only $.79 at my local Whole Foods near the other nut butters. These small packages are convenient to add to your computer bag, travel carry-on, diaper bag, or purse! Don't forget to mix them before you squeeze them since the oil separates from the nut butter.

If you have a nut allergy, this is not the snack for you, but click here to find more packable snack ideas. If anyone has tried this brand, please let me know how they taste in the comments below!


  1. i packed these for my hiking trip in Peru. they came in so handy!

  2. Wow, that is really good to know! I thought they were so neat. I might have to sneak this at the hospital. I found out they only allow ice chips. they know I need to keep my energy up. Geez! :)

  3. I'm planning to visit Malaysia next month and I'm thinking of the right snacks that I should have with me. Good thing I've bumped into your post looking for some ideas about handy snacks. I also love eating peanut butter.

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