Eating on the Road

Summer is the perfect time to hit the road with some friends, and it’s not a good road trip without yummy snacks. Keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel while snacking can be tricky. This is where your passengers come in handy; they can get the snacks out and hand them to you so you don’t get distracted.

Riding solo? Snacking only gets harder. Have you ever attempted to peel a banana or open a Ziploc bag while trying to keep your hands on the wheel? It’s not an easy task.

Going to school a 3.5-hour drive from home, I have spent a lot of hours in the car and finally discovered the best snack options. Whether you have a car full of snack helpers or are riding solo, my road trip snack plan is sure to make any road trip safe, healthy, and happy.

Dana’s Road Trip Snack Plan

eating on the road picHere is what my front seat looks like when I’m about to hit the road!

One cup-holder has my beverage. Just like always, my 24oz Starbucks tumbler is refilled with a fresh wedge of lemon squeezed in before I leave. If you want a water alternative, I suggest flavored water, sparkling water, or, decaffeinated tea. Stay away from anything else caffeinated like pop and coffee. Caffeine acts as a diuretic and you will be making too many stops during your drive ;). Also, getting a cup with a lid and a straw is helpful. This way you don’t have to worry about spills or screwing on/off bottle caps.

My other cup-holder has a large cup filled with my munchies. Anything you can eat with your hands is usually a safe option, although it might not be healthy. Chips, candy, and cereal can pack in the sugar and calories and don’t keep you full. Some of my favorite, healthier snacks are grapes, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, and popcorn (I’m having Skinny Pop in the picture). Nuts and dried fruit are also a good option, but watch the portion sizes. Nuts can have a lot of calories because they are higher in fat, and dried fruit is sometimes loaded with sugar (try to find dried fruit with no added sugar). Choose a smaller cup for a snack like this.

If you are on a long trip and need more snacks, an apple is one of my favorites. Apples are high in fiber so they keep you full during your long drive. Keep in mind, if you eat an apple you need to have somewhere to put the core when you are done (your empty snack cup is a good place!).

They key is to plan ahead. Making sure you have healthy and easily accessible choices will keep you from grabbing a bag of chips and a bottle of pop at the gas station.

Grab your snacks, make a music playlist, and have a safe drive!

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