Check out these simple ideas for healthy snacks from the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American Institute for Cancer Research
American Heart Association
. You can use their suggestions to inspire your own healthy, travel-friendly treats:
1. Pack your own snacks. High-fat potato chips and other salty, crunchy treats are a temptation
at every gas station. Head it off by packing these healthier snacks:
- Unsalted raw or dry-roasted almonds, walnuts or peanuts.
- Homemade trail mix. Combine nuts, whole-grain cereal, and dried fruit such
as raisins or cranberries.
- Roasted, protein-packed chickpeas or edamame (whole soybeans).
- Whole-grain crackers or chips to go with peanut butter or hummus.
- Popcorn (hold the butter) with salt-free seasonings, such as garlic powder or curry.
2. Bring a cooler. A cooler makes it easier to bring along healthy foods—and to keep
them at a safe temperature. Fill your cooler with foods like:
- Precut veggies, such as carrots and bell peppers. Pack a separate container
of low-fat dressing or hummus for dipping.
- Low-fat yogurt.
- Reduced-fat string cheese or cheese slices.
- Low-fat or fat-free milk boxes.
Store the cooler in your car's air-conditioned passenger area, rather
than in the hot trunk.
3. Pile on the produce. When it comes to portable snacks, it doesn't get easier than apples,
grapes, oranges and pears. Bananas are portable, too, but more likely
to bruise when traveling.
Summer is also a great time to get fresh produce, so keep an eye out for
seasonal produce stands along your route.
4. Hydrate with healthy drinks. Avoid overloading on coffee, sodas or energy drinks. Fill a thermos halfway
with ice and top it off with water. Add lemon or lime slices for a refreshing
twist. If you're looking for something other than water, try single-serve
packages of milk or 100-percent juice boxes.
5. Choose carefully at the convenience store. If you find yourself in need of a snack from a minimart, skip the chips
and choose healthier items like whole-wheat crackers, yogurt, string cheese
or fresh produce. Check the labels and strive to keep your snacks to 200
calories or less.