Fuel Your Body for This Summer's Road Trip

Summer road trips are great opportunities to see parts of the country previously untraveled or knock-out a few of your favorite vacation spots in one trip. When on the road though, it often becomes hard to choose the right foods. So, what can you do when you’re stuck between greasy and greasier? Curb your cravings and help yourself make the right decisions by keeping the car packed with healthy snacks that are sure to keep you full and focused on the road.

To satisfy your sweet tooth…

Dried fruit can give you just the fix you need for that sweet tooth that’s been holding your attention hostage, without the detrimental added sugars that spike your blood sugar levels. Dried cranberries taste just about as sweet as the pre-packaged fruit snacks sold in most grocery stores, but typically don’t include any of the added sugar that fruit snacks do. Make sure to bring some along with you, so when you stop to gas up, you won’t be drawn towards the candy bar aisle. If you typically like your sweet treats with a little bit of crunch, go for banana chips, which serve as an all-in-one solution. As an added bonus, if you bring a cooler, pack some vanilla flavored Greek yogurt. Sprinkling a few banana chips on top will give you a great “banana split” dessert that will help you say, “no thank you,” to the sugar and calorie loaded drive-thru version.  

To ward off the craving for potato chips…

Nuts and trail mixes are a great way to get the crunch you’re craving without the fats and salts associated with potato chips. They are also a great source of protein, and can be customized to fit your taste preferences (allowing your kids to create their own trail mix blend may also help them look forward to the trip and stay well behaved throughout the trek).

To get the protein your body needs…

A great way to get protein is with peanut butter, which conveniently doesn’t need to be refrigerated and can pair deliciously with a slice of whole wheat bread, whole grain crackers, or a banana, which delivers the potassium you need to help you prevent cramps that may arise from keeping your leg in one position for so long. Another great peanut butter pairing is with celery. So if you do decide to bring that cooler along, pack some stalks of pre-cut celery, so that you can make sure to get your day’s worth of vegetables, as well!