Summer road trips are a great way to explore the country. Whether your destination is set or you’re letting the road take you to discover new places, summer is the perfect opportunity to pack up the car and hit the road. The temptation to pick up a sugary treat at the convenience store or a greasy sandwich at the drive-thru may be strong, but with a little bit of planning and a cooler in the truck, you can make healthy choices.
The occasional treat is always rewarding, but constantly fueling your body with fast food and packaged foods will leave you feeling bloated and tired. Your body needs fuel to stay alert. Here are five healthy road trip snacks to keep the whole family satisfied…
1. Pack Some Protein
Protein helps you feel full and it provides your body with fuel to stay alert, which is particularity important when driving. The Harvard School of Public Health recommends adults consume between 50- to 65-grams of protein a day. If you don’t eat enough, you may suffer from decreased energy levels.
Try peanut butter and jam sandwiches, pitas stuffed with turkey or chicken, whole-grain crackers and cheese, jerky, hummus and pitas and cream cheese and bagels. Hard boiled eggs are a great source of protein and they are already conveniently packaged.