Healthy Travels: Food for Car Rides

If you're headed off a long road trip, pack some healthier fare and speed by those rest stops.

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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