Whether you're heading across the country or trekking through your home state on a road trip, make sure you pack plenty of healthy snacks for those long days ahead. Here are eight healthy snacks to pack when you're hitting the road.
Whether you're heading across the country or trekking through your home state on a road trip, make sure you pack plenty of healthy food for those long travel days. Eating light, healthy snacks - instead of a few big meals throughout the day - is one of the best ways to keep energy levels up. Skip the fast food drive-thrus and restaurants to avoid the greasy, high-calorie meals during the trip and you might even save some money! Just a little planning ahead is all it takes to put together some tasty and nutritious snacks for the road.
Here are eight healthy snacks to pack when you're hitting the road:
1. Whole Wheat Bagels or English Muffins
When you need a mid-day snack that will hold you over until the next meal, stick with a whole wheat bagel or English muffin and top it with some low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter and jelly. This can also be a great light meal for those early mornings.
2. Yogurt with Fruit and/or Cereal
A few cups of yogurt and some frozen fruit are easy to pack in a cooler or insulated tote. Add a small bag of granola to the mix and you'll be all set for a tasty and nutritious parfait. Low-fat yogurt is a good source of protein and the fruit and granola will give you an energy boost.
3. Mini Pita Sandwiches
Fill mini pita pockets with hummus or peanut butter and wrap them up tightly in tin foil. These mini-sandwiches make great small bites for the road and can curb the appetite on those longer trips.
4. Granola Bars
Granola bars are usually a hit with young kids and can be a great snack when energy levels are running low. Stick with all-natural granola bars with low sugar content and more protein. Some granola bars are loaded with extra sugar and can be about as healthy as a candy bar. Fruit and nut bars - as opposed to chocolate chip and peanut butter bars - are a healthier option.
5. Applesauce Cups with Cereal or Nuts
Jazz up unsweetened applesauce with a handful of cereal or small fistful of nuts. This treat is easy to pack and can take care of hunger pangs for a couple of hours.
6. String Cheese
String cheese is a nutritious, low-fat snack that's packed with protein. It's a great choice for the driver who needs to stay focused on that long road trip. The high-protein content also helps to keep hunger at bay for a couple of hours. Enjoy it alone or with some wheat crackers.
7. Rice or Popcorn Cakes with Nut Butter
Spread some almond butter or peanut butter on top of rice or popcorn cakes for a light bite to eat with a boost of healthy fat and protein. Pick up some peanut butter or almond butter packets to make things easier. If you need something more substantial, stick with a nut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain bread or whole wheat bagels.
8. Homemade Trail Mix
Dried fruit, low-salt pretzels, nuts, sugar-free cereals, and a small handful of chocolate chips can make for an energy-boosting treat on the road. Just make sure to bag up individual portions so travelers don't overeat this otherwise nutritious snack.