If you’re one of the millions of Americans taking to the roads this summer, you may think of this as an excuse to eat endless convenience store cookies and chips. Roads trips are a great way to spend time with family and friends, but they can also disrupt a healthy routine. Before you fall into the greasy food trap, pack some of these delicious and nutritious snacks to bring along.
Homemade Trail Mix- Trail mix is the easiest snack you can make, not to mention significantly healthier than the store-bought brands. All you need is some unsalted nuts and throw in some dried fruit and you’ll be full and energized on the road.
Low-Fat Yogurt- For less than 140 calories, low-fat yogurt is a great source of daily calcium and protein. The endless flavors with satisfy your taste buds while also providing nutritional value.
Fruit- Fresh fruit is a great source of dietary fiber, allowing you to feel fuller faster. Slice a couple apples and bananas before your next road trip to avoid the fast food temptations.
Celery Sticks- Celery is not only rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, but it will also keep you hydrated during long hours in the car. For added protein, you can add some unsalted almond butter.
String Cheese- A couple string cheeses has the same calcium content as a full glass of milk! In addition, each stick of string cheese has about 7 grams of protein to help you stay focused and alert.
With a little planning and preparation you can avoid the greasy fast-food stops and offer these healthy alternatives to keep everyone satisfied. Packing these healthy options will satisfy your cravings while calming your nerves on the road.