Fast-food joints call out to us just like gas stations do. When you still have a ways to go to your next stop, the temptations are enormous to fill up on junk food while you can. But with some planning, the whole family can refuel with some healthy ready-to-go snacks. Bananas, oranges and apples are satisfying, don’t have to be refrigerated, and come wrapped in their own peel or skin. They make a smart choice for anyone.
Or create your own snack mixes at home and hand them out during the day. You may want to mix them up a bit. A breakfast snack of dry granola makes a good breakfast snack. In the afternoon, a trail mix of almonds, peanuts and dried fruit is nutritious and filling. Popcorn makes a great evening snack. Just pop up a batch before you leave on your journey.
Convenience stores along the way are easy to maneuver when you realize that all the junk is in the front and center of the store, so finding the good stuff can be a little challenging. Pretzels or other baked crunchies like rice or soy crackers are a much smarter choice than snacks fried in oils. If you look hard enough, there is always a wide variety of proteins in the way of peanuts, sesame seeds, almonds, cashews, and/or dried beans that can make you feel satisfied. It’s always best to look at the nutritional facts on the package to make sure there are no trans fats, refined sugars or any oils that are hydrogenated.
Of course, meals that you prepare yourself for your trip are always going to be the best, especially if they are eaten in the Great Outdoors. There’s something about the fresh air that makes food taste better, too. Let’s treat our bodies gently while on the roads so we can enjoy peace of mind and good health while we escape the routine of our everyday lives.