Every summer millions of Americans go on road trips. For road trips, individuals usually stock junk food like chips, cookies and chocolate in their cars. Such junk food might taste great but do know you have healthier and more delicious eating options available in convenience stores?
Also, why begin your day with a calorie-filled donut when you can enjoy nourishing whole-grain cereal? You will need that extra energy for your long road trip. Moreover, make sure you read the labels when you select whole-grain cereal because some varieties are less nutritious than others. In addition, here are other snacks that you must take with you on your road trip:
1) Energy Bar
You cannot forget this nutritious snack on your road trip because it provides you with energy in an instant. Most energy bars are high in calories and sugar while low in fiber. You should buy energy bars that contain around 7 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and around 170 calories.
2) Shelled Peanut
Peanuts are loaded with mono-saturated fat, vitamin E and the powerful compound called resveratrol. Resveratrol is responsible for all of red wine’s benefits. This is one healthy snack you can eat several servings of. This is why you should carry shelled peanuts with you, as you will eat fewer peanuts when you will have to shell them on your own. A ½ cup of peanuts will provide you with 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein and 160 calories. Lastly, you will consume 20% of your daily dose vitamin E.
3) Low-fat Yoghurt
Low-fat yoghurt is the best thing to eat when you are craving for something sweet. It contains less than 140 calories. Additionally, it contains the same amount of protein that one large egg contains and has one-quarter of your daily calcium requirement. Some new brands of yoghurt even contain vitamin D.
4) Trail Mix
Pick a bag of a trail mix instead of calorie-filled chocolate. Choose the trail mix that contains dried fruits and nuts so that you get a sweet and salty combination snack. Make sure you don’t eat too much because it is high in calories. Three tablespoons of the trail mix contain nine grams of fat and around 140 calories!
5) Bags of baby carrots
Every convenience store now has fresh vegetables. Get a bag of baby carrots that contains prewashed and peeled baby carrots. A ¼-ounce bag of baby carrots contains only 25 calories that provide you with your daily dose of vitamin A and 2 grams of fiber.
6) Fresh Fruit Cup
Fresh fruit cups contain fruits like grapes, cantaloupe and honeydew. These fruits contain vitamins, antioxidants and beta-carotene. An eight oz container contains only has 100 calories yet it’s a healthy and filling snack.
7) Part Skim String Cheese Sticks
It’s not easy to get your daily dose of dairy when you are stuck traveling in your car. Fortunately, for you, string cheese is here to rescue you. It is rich in calcium and protein. Eating a couple of these cheese sticks equals to drink a glass of milk!
Fresh bananas are last on our list of healthy snacks. It contains your daily dose of potassium and will give you energy for the long the drive.