Who doesn’t love a road trip? Growing up I had no choice. My father loved to drive and no distance was too far. Any chance we got, we were taking off across the country. As a matter of fact, we spent so much time traveling that for a time I thought we lived on the road! Now that I’m all grown up I find myself loving to hit the open highway as much as my father did when I was growing up. What I don’t love, however, are the on the road hunger pangs.
Whether you’re a road warrior or a casual passenger, I’m sure you’re familiar with the need for tasty, quality, high energy foods. Here are some quick and easy road ready options.
FRUIT – Fruit is an excellent on the road snack that’s packed with fiber, Vitamin C, low in fat, and naturally sweet. A few high energy choices that you can prepare ahead of time are cantaloupe, kiwi, and oranges. Of course you can always throw in a few apples or bananas, too!
NUTS & SEEDS – Nuts and seeds are packed with protein and fiber making you feel fuller longer. Although some can be high in fat they boast the healthy monounsaturated fat. Also these easy snacks are filled with essential fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6. Next time you’re getting ready to hit the road be sure to take almonds, soy nuts, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.
CHOCOLATE – To reap the benefits of this high energy healthy food you’ll need to opt for dark chocolate that has 60% or higher cacao content. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants, triggers endorphins which make you happy, contains serotonin which acts as an anti-depressant, and has stimulants which keep you alert.
HOMEMADE TREATS – When you make that gas station stop don’t grab those fatty potato chips. Instead make sure you brought your own trail mix and homemade granola bars. When you make your own snacks you are able to control what goes into them which translates into healthier options that are made with your favorite ingredients. Here’s the recipe to one of my favorite Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars, and I am 90% sure they’re healthy!
VEGGIES – Vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber and are low in calories making them excellent high energy healthy snacks. Some vegetables are hard to digest raw so make sure you pick wisely for this on the road option. A few good choices are celery, carrots, podded peas, cucumbers, and red, yellow, or orange bell peppers. Veggies go great with dill dip or even hummus.
CRACKERS – Another quick on the go option are whole grain crackers. This is a great snack because they’re good on their own and filled with nutrients, complex carbs, and fiber but they’re also ready to be paired with cheese or peanut butter.