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Low Snacks to Store in Your Car That Won't Melt or Freeze

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.

1. Honey

raw unfiltered honey

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.

 

3. Cashews

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

 

5. Bars

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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  1. Anne July 15, 2020 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    OOMG do i have a story for you! I was low coming back from the gym, had nothing in my car (not even my wallet to buy something) except for a bunch of ketchup packets…. it was nasty but did the trick. Now i MAKE SUREEEEEE to have food or money before I leave.

    • T1D Living July 16, 2020 at 8:51 am - Reply

      haha! that is crazy! I have ketchup packets in my car too, glad i have backup LOL!

  2. carley July 15, 2020 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    thank you! I am constantly switching out my snacks seasonally and it’s often a melting disaster or frozen disaster that reminds me that its time to switch. I’ll have to stock up on some of these.

    • T1D Living July 16, 2020 at 8:48 am - Reply

      I definitely add seasonal stuff to the mix, the tricky part is trying to remember to take them out, for sure!

  3. Hilary July 15, 2020 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    honey and maple syrup packets!! I didn’t even know those existed! So perfect. Also my car fail was when i needed my juice box but it was frozen. i warmed it up between my seat heater and legs… longest 10 minutes of my life

    • T1D Living July 16, 2020 at 8:44 am - Reply

      They are game changers! and OMG about the frozen juice box!! Thank God for seat warmers!

  4. Rick Phillips July 16, 2020 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    I use and endorse (I do not even get anything out if it) Elovate powder. It will stay in your car as long as you like. These things are pretty good, and best of all they fit in you jeans pocket and the very best best of all they never spoil.

    https://www.amazon.com/Elovate-Blood-Sugar-Glucose-Powder/dp/B00OOFPF0W

    • T1D Living July 23, 2020 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Ooo I’ll have to check that out! I’ve never heard of it.

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