What snacks are recommended to bring for long car rides?

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Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Remember to pack healthy drive-time snacks if you have a long commute. It's too easy to pull into a drive-through and blow your calorie count. Keep a cooler in the car to store healthy beverages, fruit, nuts, carrots and celery, for example, as well as a good-for-you lunch.
Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Here are four tips for sensible snacking when you are on a long car ride:

  • Stock up on healthy foods to bring in the car that are non-perishable
  • Portion out your snack.
  • Stay hydrated!
  • Avoid eating out of boredom.

Non-perishable snack ideas include:

  • Peanuts, tree nuts or seeds
  • Raisins
  • Trail mix
  • Fruit cups
  • Whole grain based bars, crackers, or chips
  • Fat reduced popcorn
  • Freeze dried fruit chips
  • Baked chips
  • Pretzels
  • water
When driving for a long time, it can be easy to stop for fast food and unhealthy snacks. Planning ahead and packing nutritious snacks, such as trail mix, granola bars, or low sugar cereal, can make the drive much more bearable and keep your energy level high.

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