When you hit the road for a cross-town drive or weekend jaunt, chances are you’ll forget to pack one of the most important things of all – healthy munchies (a.k.a., SNACKS)!
That’s why stopping for food along the way often means loading up on sodas, sugary snacks and high-fat meals. On your next road trip, don’t let healthy eating fly out the window. You can eat well while on the go. Just think before you eat.
When selecting snacks at the convenience store, walk past the bag of chips, candy bar or soda. Look for healthier choices.
I know…it’s not always easy.
Grab some pretzels or whole-wheat crackers instead of potato or corn chips. Some convenience stores carry fruit. That would be better than a candy bar, if sugar is what you are craving. If you have to some bubbles, how about sparkling water instead of soda?
Road Trip Worthy Healthy Munchies
To limit the times you stop for meals, plan ahead. Pack a small cooler with snacks that are easy to eat in the car. You also can stop at a roadside park and enjoy them picnic-style. Here are some ideas:
* Peanut butter or almond butter and jelly sandwiches made with whole-wheat bread
* Sliced apples, peaches, baby carrots and cucumbers
* Raisins or other dried fruit
* Fat-free or reduced fat yogurts
* Reduced fat string cheese or other chunks of cheese for grabbing
* Hummus-filled pita bread filled with lettuce and other fresh veggies
* Peeled hard-cooked eggs
* Turkey and tomato sandwiches
Don’t forget to let the kids pick out their own healthy snacks too! They’ll love getting to choose and will be more likely to eat what they selected.
Can’t Resist Stopping at Those Roadside Diners or Fast Food Restaurants?
* Skip “value-sized meals.” Opt for a grilled chicken sandwich or a plain, small burger and order the smallest size offered
* Use mustard, ketchup or hot sauce instead of mayonnaise
* Avoid fried foods or remove breading from fried chicken, which can cut half the fat
* Order garden or grilled chicken salads with light or reduced calorie dressings
* Choose water, nonfat or low-fat milk, or a small glass of 100 percent juice instead of soda
Need More Help?
Do you have any recipes for healthy munchies you’d like to share or are looking for? Feel free to reach out to me through the contact form on the right or on my Contact page. I’d be happy to speak with you.
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Enjoy and Be Healthy!