Road trips are a great way to get out and see the country. No other form of motorized transportation allows for so much freedom. If you are driving down the interstate and some quirky sign catches your eye, nothing but your itinerary stands in the way of you investigating it.
Traveling by car has its dangers, though. Not the least of which is all of the nasty food a person generally ends up eating while heading down the road. Quick trips through fast food joints and grabbing chips and soda while gassing up the car aren’t really great ways to remain nutritionally sound while on your road trip vacation.
Fortunately, though, it’s easy to pack along a few food items to keep you (somewhat!) healthy and satisfied while in the car. Generally there’s enough room to pack at least a small cooler filled with tasty alternatives to gas station hot dogs. Here are some delicious ideas for you to pack along on your next car trip:
1. Vegetable Sticks
I love to have something crunchy while I’m in the car. It’s tempting to stop at a gas station and pick up potato chips, but a better choice is packing along your own vegetable sticks. Before you head out on the road, pack reusable containers with bell pepper strips, baby carrots, celery sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets, and any other vegetables you like. Consider bringing along dips or dressings to jazz up your veggies.
2. Whole Grain Crackers
Another tasty option for your crunch cravings is to pack some whole grain crackers. These will help keep you satisfied as they are full of fiber. I especially enjoy the Kashi TLC crackers. They come in a multitude of flavors, so you will be certain to find something you like.
If you are certain you can keep your fruit under control and prevent it from bruising, bring some fresh fruit. Apples, bananas, and oranges are all great ideas. However, for those of us who tend to be a little brutal with our snacks, dried fruit is also delicious. Head to the bulk section of your market to find excellent deals on such tasty treats as dried cherries and banana chips.
4. Yogurt and String Cheese
For a balanced snacking experience, consider packing a calcium-rich food like yogurt or alternatively, string cheese. Small containers of yogurt will allow you to take various flavors so that anyone you’re traveling with will find something to enjoy. Be sure to remember spoons.
Sometimes you need more than a snack to keep you going while you’re driving. Yet sandwiches tend to become soggy, mushy, and downright gross when they’ve been in the car for awhile. Wraps are the perfect solution. They fill you up without bringing you down with the preservatives of deli food. Try layering a whole wheat wrap with hummus, tzatziki, spinach, feta, tomato slices, and shredded rotisserie chicken. Roll it up tight, and slice into rounds for easy snacking. It will have your taste buds singing.