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Healthy Road Trip Snacks

Whether you are traveling across the country or across the state, convenience stores and drive thru pit stops can challenge those trying to stick to a healthy diet.  However, you may be surprised by the fresh and light snacks that are now available.  Here are some ideas for eating smart when on the road:

Trail Mix: Trail mix is a great road trip snack as it provides a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit or granola, and sustained energy from fats in nuts. If given an option, always choose the mix with “raw nuts” or “dry-roasted nuts” rather than “oil-roasted nuts.”

Yogurt: Yogurt is a great way to curb that sweet tooth. With a variety of delectable flavors, such as strawberry cheesecake and key-lime pie, it’s hard to believe this road-trip snack is so good for you.

Energy Bars: Energy bars can be a great source of protein. However, tread lightly and be sure to check the ingredients, as some are just glorified candy bars. Look for a bar that lists whey or casein protein as the first or second ingredient.

Bananas: The great thing about bananas, besides the health benefits, is the fact that they have a peel. There is no need to wash them, so you can dive right into consuming that yummy potassium goodness that will keep you powered up for the long drive ahead.

It’s always smart to pack your own cooler when heading out on long trips as that gives you complete control, but when a pit stop is necessary, keep these options in mind. Be sure to check the expiration date on all purchases.  Here’s to a happy, healthy road trip!

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