The words “road trip” evoke images of tootling down the highway (yes, that’s the name for freeways once you leave California), listening to music, singing songs and binging on junk food while we’re carrying your furniture on your long-distance move.
All of that is great until someone gets rumbly-tumblies in their tummies, and all the calories with nary a gym in sight. There is a way to road trip it with all the snacks you and, and still stay relatively healthy.
Here’s What you Should Pack for a Road Trip
Bring a good selection of road-friendly fruit. Cherries are good, as are oranges, bananas and apples.
Cut up some veggies. Cucumbers, celery, carrots, peppers, broccoli and cauliflower all travel very well. If it’s tough to get your kids to eat veggies when there are more tempting options, make a deal. They eat three pieces of veggies, and then whatever they want.
3. Snack bars
The days of tooth-breaking, chalky snack bars are a thing of the past. Today’s snack bars come in varieties as tempting (and not much more nutritious) as candy bars and as healthy as fruit and nuts. When looking for snack bars, check the sugar content. It’s best to stay below 10 grams per serving. Less is even better. Look for the fewest ingredients possible. Snack bars don’t need much more than fruits and nuts.
Hummus is a healthier dip that can be paired with vegetables, pretzels or with healthy chips.
5. Chips, pretzels, popcorn
Chips are as American as football and road trips. They’re also notoriously unhealthy. They don’t have to be. Look for chips that contain no trans fats, which can stay in your body forever. Baked is better than fried. If you must have potato chips, the real deep-fried kind, look for brands like Boulder Canyon, that uses healthy oils like olive oil and coconut oil.
Air popped popcorn and bagel chips can also make excellent alternatives.
Jerkys have changed so much over the years. In the past, jerkys were jaw breaking blocks of salt (at least I thought so), but today, you can find gourmet versions. You can find jerky made out of turkey or buffalo, if you want to cut the fat.