Need THM snacks that don’t require refrigeration while you travel, work or camp? Here is a big list of Trim Healthy Mama on plan items to use.
As moms, professionals, or students we are always on the go. I know that lots of us eat in our car or at the ball field waiting on the kid’s practice to finish a lot. I’m really guilty of eating in front of my computer while running reports for work.
Whatever the reason, easy on the go snacks are important to have in your back pocket to keep you on plan. In particular if you don’t have a way to keep your food cool or to warm it up before you eat it.
These THM snacks that don’t require refrigeration are great for travel. You can throw some of these options in your bag for a road trip or your carry on, take them to the theme park or the zoo.
Wherever you are going, you can stay full of healthy and on plan snacks.
Pin this list of Store Bought THM on Plan Bread and this list of THM on Plan wraps/tortillas to save for your next grocery trip.
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THM Snacks That Don’t Require Refrigeration
You can come up with quite a few meal or THM snacks that don’t require refrigeration or cooking pretty easily. Of course you can always pack a small cooler to take other fresh foods but this list is going to assume that you can’t do that in the situation that you are in.
I see lots of teachers, truck drivers, hikers, campers and business travelers on the THM forums that need options for food choices that don’t need to be kept cool and that don’t need a microwave to heat.
Essentially something you can throw in your briefcase before a trip or you handbag before a soccer game for the kids.
Some of the items on this list are great just to eat on their own. Other items will have serving suggestions to make it easier to figure out how to serve and eat these foods.
If you have read the 5 THM things I don’t do, you know I occasionally do things a little differently and have still lost 60 lbs since my last baby!
But if you want to follow the plan perfectly, make sure you evaluate each of the suggestions and adapt so that it works for you. For example, just popcorn is not a traditionally well rounded THM meal. You would need to add in some protein and maybe a fruit or veggie if you could.
Typically these are meals that are going to be supplemented by more vegetable/protein intense later in the day. For example, if I’m travelling on an airplane I am ok with doing the best I can while in the air and then catching up on fruits and veggies once I arrive.
And when we are on the go and in a rush, remember to grant yourself grace. If you avoid the candy aisle of the gas station and have some jerky and nuts instead, I call that a win.
Eat that salad when you can but don’t worry about missing your greens or protein once in a while.
On the Go E Snacks
Baked Tostitos Scoops and Salsa To Go Cups (Currently due to COVID-19, the production of Baked Tostitos has slowed so you may temporarily have trouble finding them.) If you can’t find the scoops, break up 2 of these tostada shells to dip with.
Sprouted Pretzels and Single Serve Shelf Stable Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Brown Rice Cakes and powdered peanut butter (keep a 4 oz tupperware container with a serving of powder. Then just add the water when needed)
Unsweetened Applesauce Pouches
Dole Fruit Cups – Discard the extra juice
Veggie Go’s Fruit & Veggie Strips – Since Ingredient’s trump numbers, I put this as an E but it is really right on the line of a FP. You would definitely need to add an additional carb source to get this to E territory.
On the Go S Snacks
Bake Believe Chocolate Chips mixed with Cashews
Mission Low Carb Tortilla with Peanut Butter Pouch and 1 Oz No Sugar Added Travel Jelly (similar to Polaner’s)
1 Light Rye Wasa with Peanut Butter Pouch
Go Raw Sprouted Snacking Seeds
On the Go FP Snacks
These healthy, low fat and low carb snacks are great to eat alone as a Fuel Pull snack or add to something from either the E or S lists to bulk up your snack without adding loads of calories, fats or carbs.
Off Plan But Healthier Choices (Personal Choice)
These items are off plan for one reason or another but still decent choices if you are on the go.
We all know how easy it is to end up in the drive thru if we are hungry and pressed for times. Although these are not officially on the THM plan, you are making a better choice eating this than say a candy bar or a regular granola bar.
That’s It Bars (E)- Dried fruit is not highly recommended on plan because it can spike blood sugar. I eat these on occasion and not had weight gain. Fruit pressed in a bar is much better than a bag of chips!
Zaffi Taffy – These are delicious! They have some off plan ingredients but they don’t add sugar.
Smart Sweets – Same as above, no sugar added and they are yummy.
Veggie Go’s Fruit & Veggie Strips – Fruit purees would in general make this off plan but it is a really healthy option that gives you fruits and veggies without added sugars.
Oatmeal and Fruit Squeeze Packs – The juice concentrate makes these off plan and the sugars higher than desired. However, these might work for some in a pinch (in particular kids or people at goal weight). Better than a drive thru sausage and egg biscuit or pancakes!
Water Lily Seeds – Off plan oil but would otherwise be a FP.
Sour Raisins – I love these things! These overall are pretty good from my non-purist perspective. They have <2% of an off plan oil but overall don’t look bad to me. Dried fruit is not highly recommended for weight loss on plan and I agree but on occasion, these are ok in my opinion. They fill my craving for chewy and fruity candy /fruit snacks.
Quest Protein Bars – These are used fairly often by THMers as a personal choice. Off plan items but low carb and filled with protein. Trim Healthy Mama has created their own protein bars but at this time inventory is limited.
Quest Protein Chips – Not on plan but they are used often in the Low Carb community. These could be used in an S setting.
I just had to throw this in here after making this list. Lots of these items listed are convenience items. That means you may spend more money in order to save time.
Some of these items you could buy in a larger container and portion them out yourself to save money.
If you want to read more about doing Trim Healthy Mama on a budget, check out these 7 Frugal Family THM meals.
You can also find a budgeting segment in the THM A to Z series.