Depending on where you live, storing low snacks in your car can make quite the mess if you’re not careful. If your car’s temp is too hot, you risk all your snacks melting. Too cold and you risk freezing…and a possible explosion. I’ve learned the hard way which candies melt, which bars freeze into solid blocks, and which snacks are perfect year round. Today I wanted to share with you my favorite low snacks to store in your car that won’t melt or freeze.
Honey (which is mostly fructose) is one of the fastest acting sugars you can ingest, making it the QUEEN of low snacks. In my experience, the faster you can treat a low the less likely you are to over treat it. If your honey is raw and local (within 25 miles of your home) it’s also great for seasonal allergies; so consider it a ‘two birds, one stone’ kind of deal. Right now I have a jar of raw local honey in my car with a small spoon. If that isn’t your jam then these raw, single-serve, honey packets might be what you’re looking for. They are my favorite low snack for walks/hikes because they don’t take up much room.
2. Maple Syrup Packets
On the same line as honey packets, Maple Syrup packets are another favorite of mine. They don’t take up much room in your pocket or bag, are fast to ingest, and are a natural, minimally-processed, source of sugar.
Sometimes when treating a low you crave something with a little crunch, ya feel me? Cashews are great way to treat a non-urgent low because while they aren’t the most fast-acting due to their fat and protein content, they do offer 10g stable carbs per handful. I like to treat my low with cashews when my BG is in the 60-79mg/dL range with NO insulin on board.
4. Gummie Snacks/Fruit Leathers/Licorice
These are another great option if you’re looking for something to chew on that’s also individually wrapped. I personally prefer fruit leathers because they tend have the amount of carbs I like to treat with (10g), but I will reach for the gummies (20g) if I have a urgent low. Licorice is also a great idea for a low snack to store in your car that won’t melt or freeze, however it’s not usually individually wrapped, so be careful of your wandering hands… if you’re anything like me you’ll catch yourself dipping into the bag even when high. #NoSelfControl
I’ve found that bars with a lot of nuts & seeds (like Kind bars) will nearly break your teeth in the winter when they freeze, which is why I like to stick to softer bars like ThunderBird, LaraBars, and RXBars. IMO, you can’t go wrong with a date-based bar. These bars tend to have more carbs than I like to treat with (most of the time I only need 10g and these bars have upwards of 20-25g), but like the gummies mentioned above, it’s good to have something that’s higher in carbs in case of an urgent low.
6. Dried/Dehydrated Fruit
Dried fruits like dates, raisins/craisins, apricots, and mango are some of my favorite snacks to eat when low. I like to find ones without any added sugar and will occasionally throw some nuts in there to make a trail mix. The only down side is that it tastes so good I’ll often reach my hand in the bag and snack on them while driving – which is why I MUCH prefer low snacks that are individually wrapped… that one extra step of having to open a sealed bag is enough to deter wandering hands from mindless snacking.
7. Single Serving Sized Chips
Last but not least, chips! These will totally satisfy that low desire to crunch, munch, and eat. Typically they’ll have about 15g carbs per serving which is the perfect amount of carbs to treat a low most of the time. And if you need more, lucky you, you get to eat two bags of chips!
Well, ladies and gents, there you have it! The best low snacks to store in your car that wont melt or freeze.
I wanna know…
What are your favorite low snacks to store in your car that wont melt or freeze. Do you have a funny car low snack fail? I want to hear about it! Comment below!
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