Healthy Travels: Food for Car Rides

by in Healthy Tips, December 22, 2009

car snacks
We already filled you in on smarter snacks for flying and now we’ve got you covered for the car. Pack along some healthier fare and speed by those rest stops.

Pack a Picnic
Make the long car trip part of the fun; a cooler and a few ice packs are all you need. Driving while eating is not always the best option. If your driving route allows it, plan a pit stop at a park or other favorite spot on the way. If that’s not an option, be sure to pack foods that are easy to eat (especially if you’re driving) — sandwiches, fresh fruit (apples and bananas work well) and soup in a thermos for easy sipping. Cut down on spills by drinking from bottles of water (re-useable preferred) and juice boxes or sippy cups for the kiddies. For a sweet treat, stick to a few cookies or pieces of dark chocolate. Most likely, where you’re going will have loads of goodies waiting.

And don’t forget the extra bag for garbage and some paper towels for emergency spills.

Fast Lane Snacks
If your car ride doesn’t call for a full meal, some quick snacks should keep you covered. Even if you don’t think you’ll need them, bring them — you never know when you’ll get stuck in a traffic jam. Snack bars, trail mix, dry cereal, pretzels, half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich are good options that don’t require refrigeration.

Emergency Rest-Stop Picks
Sometimes a rest stop or gas station is your only hope; here are some smarter choices:

  • Pretzels
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Nuts or trail mix
  • Small order of nonfat frozen yogurt
  • Cup of (non-creamy) soup
  • Coffee (sans chocolate and whipped cream)
  • Fresh or dried fruit
  • Deli sandwich (hold the mayo)

Happy and safe travels this holiday season!

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  2. You rock sister girl. I love those Valentine cookies. That holiday is probably my 2nd best holiday after Christmas. I came off my trip early, but it was nice to meet your blog back home. That’s great you have your mother’s copy of the Fannie Farmer cookbook. It’s a keepsake, I may get me a copy next time I go out. I’m pretty sure I’ll find one at Books-A-Million. Happy Birthday to Dave’s grandfather. Wow, 90 years old!! What a blessing. Safe trip going and coming to you.

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  9. Linda K. says:

    What about string cheese? That's easy to carry and doesn't have too many calories. You can also try crackers. There are all kinds, including low-sodium and organic. Another one of my favorites is hard-boiled eggs. One egg can often be the difference in getting me through the afternoon.

  10. Connie Hoeffner says:

    Anamial cookies and peanut butter or apple slices and peanut butter.

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