What are some healthy snacks for a road trip?

Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
When you’re traveling, you never know when a hunger pang will strike or what type of food will be available. Some healthy snacks that you can pack include trail mix, along with fresh fruits and veggies that are easy to eat on the spot. Bring along fresh cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, an avocado or a peach. Dip broccoli in an organic, all-natural peanut butter. Accompany this with some dried fruits and nuts in the form of a homemade trail mix. These will give you a boost of energy without giving in to the overly salted, sugary or fatty foods that are usually available on the go. 

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Kate Geagan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Healthy snacks for a road trip include Justin’s Nut Butter Packs. These high protein, high satiety and uber flavorful nut butter packs are portable beyond compare. And because Justin created his own unique method of grinding his masterpieces, these healthy summer snacks taste richer, and, well, nuttier than any other nut butters on the market Most are USDA certified organic. Best of all, they can stand up to searing summer heat, making them a bit more durable.

Baba Ghanoush by Blue Moose of Boulder (available at Whole Foods, but look for any brand in the chilled fancy food area of your grocery store). Tote along some whole wheat pita. Add some bagged carrots and you’ve got 2 veggies and a whole grain for snacking!

Earthbound Farm Organic Snack Packs. These snack packs come in a variety of fruit and veggie options, and are not only organic, but are convenient for car eating as well. Coming in varieties ranging from apple slices to carrot snack packs, these are the perfect way to keep fruits and veggies in the mix while on the road. For a double bonus you can even try dipping the apple slice snackers in a pack of Justin’s Nut Butter, or bring along a small container of hummus for the carrots.

Cucumbers are one of the most refreshing, hydrating and economical summer fruits around. They are loaded with water, to help keep you cool, but their skin also contains silica, a mineral that keeps your own summer skin plump and glowing. A mix of roasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds instead, which are packed with important minerals like zinc and magnesium, their combo of heart healthy fat, fiber and protein is the winning trifecta to keep hunger at bay all the way. On the run? These powerhouse seeds are easy to find at most convenience stores and gas stations as well, making your healthy on the road snacking a breeze.
Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics
When summer rolls around it is vacation time for many families. But before you head out of town, plan to bring some sensible snacks with you to avoid those truck stop temptations. Healthy snacks are a smart way to maintain body weight, stay energized, keep food cravings under control, and provide additional nutrients where your daily recommendations may fall short

Here are four tips for sensible snacking:
  • Stock up on healthy foods to bring in the car.
  • Portion out your snack.
  • Stay hydrated!
  • Avoid eating out of boredom.
Bring a variety of snacks from the five different food groups that everyone in the family or group can enjoy. Combine items from different food groups for tasty combinations like apples and peanut butter, hummus and pita chips, yogurt and raisins, or baby carrots and string cheese. Sensible snacking on the road can keep you healthy, safe, and satisfied!

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