Five Healthy Road Trip Snack Alternatives7:41 AM
Leave the chips at home. During your road trip, you’ll need to keep your energy up to stay focused behind the wheel. And just because you’re on the move doesn’t mean junk food is your only option; there are other, healthier road trip snack options that keep well and are easy to eat on the go. Here are five guilt-free road trip snacks that will keep you moving.
1. Roasted pumpkin seeds instead of potato chips – If you’re looking for a salty snack, potato chips can leave you feeling greasy and unsatisfied. Instead, try roasted pumpkin seeds. You still get your salt fix, but without all the oil; plus, pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein, zinc and magnesium.
2. Trail mix instead of chocolate – Avoid the sugar rush and crash that comes with a bag of candy by eating trail mix instead. Mix in your favorite nuts, dried fruit and, to satisfy that sweet tooth, a couple chocolate chips too. Remember to go easy on the dried fruit, which deliver a large amount of sugar in a tiny package.
3. Tuna jerky instead of beef jerky – While any salt-cured meat will be high in sodium, you can reduce your saturated fat intake by swapping tuna jerky for beef jerky. It’s a nice change of pace from the classic road trip snack, and it will keep unrefrigerated for a long time.
4. Fiber bars instead of candy bars – It can be tempting to reach for a candy bar to hold you over on the road, but plan ahead by keeping a few fiber bars in the glove box instead. They generally contain less sugar than candy bars, and the fiber content promotes healthier sugar metabolism.
5. Peanut butter sandwiches instead of fast food burgers – There are fast food restaurants at just about every highway exit, and pulling off for a quick burger when you’re hungry can be tempting. Instead, try a peanut butter sandwich with honey, banana or jam to hold you over until your next real meal. Peanut butter will keep at room temperature, so you don't have to worry about spoiling, and the calorie-dense spread will fill you up fast.
Preparing for your road trip involves more than just snacks. To make sure your trip is a success, have a mechanic check out your vehicle to make sure it’s road worthy. And if you’re planning a long drive, look into coverage options like roadside assistance from your insurance provider, which can provide towing, tire change or battery jump services if you run into trouble. The extra coverage won’t cost much more than your standard policy, but shop autoinsurance quotes online to find the best deal.
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