It’s that time of year again to pack up the car and head over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house for the holidays. There’s no need to fill up on sugar-laden crispy, fried, or salty snacks from the gas station. With a little planning you can eat healthy even on the road.
First of all, plan ahead. You’re going to get hungry. Somewhere before your destination, you’ll be tempted to pull up to the drive through, or grab a bag of something less than healthy in a convenience store. So plan ahead and bring healthy snacks with you, or hunger will derail your best intentions to eat healthy.
Here’s a few easy-to-pack portable snacks to throw in the car before you leave:
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Unsweetened dried fruit
- Whole fresh fruits (apples, bananas, oranges, pears)
- Whole grain cereal
- Whole grain bread or crackers
- Natural nut butter (don’t forget a spoon or knife for spreading!)
- LÄRABAR® fruit and nut bars
If you didn’t plan ahead, make smart decisions. In the hurry to get everyone plus the suitcases into the car, you may forget your stash of healthy snacks.
If you find yourself scouring the aisles at a gas station for rations, look for these smart options:
- Nuts: Check the label to make sure there’s no added ingredients you can’t pronounce, and watch your portion size by choosing an individual snack-size pack. An appropriate portion size of nuts is 1 ounce.
- Sunflower seeds: Again, choose an individual snack pack and check the ingredient list.
- Snack Bars: Look for LÄRABAR® or KIND Fruit & Nut bars, which both contain all-natural ingredients.
- Fresh Fruit: More and more convenience stores are starting to offer healthy options, like fresh fruits. Look for bananas or apples, and be sure to wash fruits with edible skins before eating.
- Low Fat Milk, Yogurt, or Cheese: Check the refrigerator case and you may be surprised to find string cheese or yogurt.
If you‘re feeling really ambitious, bring a cooler. Your road food options are greatly increased when you pack a cooler. Bring sandwiches, leftovers, salads, and veggies so you won’t feel like you’re just snacking all day.
Here’s a few ideas for your cooler: