If you’re planning on taking a long car trip with the family this summer, it’s a good idea to pack a wide range of healthy snacks to take with you. This way the temptation of stopping for fast food or picking up unhealthy snacks along the way is significantly diminished. Here are some suggestions:
Nuts are healthy and very easy to carry and open. You can enjoy peanuts, cashews or any other type of nut for that matter while on your trip. It’s not messy and provides great nutrition.
2. Fruits and Vegetables
It goes without saying that fruits and vegetables are a great option as a snack. Snacks such as apple slices, oranges, and pre-cut watermelon and cantaloupe as good options for fruit. As for vegetables, baby carrots and baby tomatoes are great options.
3. Granola Bars
Granola bars are easy to carry and open, and are generally healthy. Be sure to read the label, though, to make sure you find the healthiest option as not all granola bars are low fat. It’s a great way to get a snack on the go, without creating a mess.
Oatmeal cookies or any kind of low-fat cookie is a good option for a healthy backseat snack; as with the granola bars, you’ll need to choose the type of cookie wisely as you want to avoid any that are high in fat.
5. Mini-Cereal Box
Most of the major cereal manufacturers sell miniature boxes of cereal. You can purchase a family-size package of twelve different types of cereals. They are easy to open, and provide great nutrition.
6. Rice Cakes
Rice cakes are another great option for a healthy low-calorie snack. You can purchase these from any supermarket. They are usually low in fat, and are a great option as a snack while traveling on the road.
7. Whole Grain Crackers
Crackers in general are a good backseat snack, but selecting whole grain makes it a healthier alternative. Be sure to read the labels and compare brands before selecting the whole grain cracker you’ll be using on your trip.
You can pack turkey sandwiches and have them in a small container or Ziploc bag. You can purchase sliced turkey from your deli, and it’s a great low-fat sandwich and perfect as a backseat snack. In addition, the old standard PB&J is always a favorite.
9. Baked Chips
As much as potato chips are a popular choice for backseat eating, you’ll want to go with baked chips as it is a healthier option. They contain less fat than regular potato chips.
10. Protein Bar
Protein bars provide the energy you need to keep going while on your trip, and are a healthy option when compared to eating a regular milk chocolate bar.
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