Best Healthy Road Trip Snacks

May 19, 2014

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Healthy Daily CommuteIt’s time to hit the road for a much-needed getaway, and it’s important for your mental health to take the time to relax and recharge. However, often times road trips come with a calories-don’t-count mentality, which can be a slippery slope for your medical weight loss plan. By taking the time to prepare and by packing up some healthy road trip snacks, you can avoid tipping the scale in the wrong direction.

Eat a hearty breakfast before you hit the road. Eating a hearty breakfast before a long drive will help curb road trip munchies. Set your alarm clock a few minutes early to ensure you fuel up. Boredom is the culprit behind eating those fattening foods behind the wheel, and being bored and physically hungry can spell disaster. A well-balanced breakfast can help curb those cravings and take your mind off food. When you do feel the hunger pangs, consider packing the following snacks instead of giving into fast-food temptations.

Nuts: It’s natural to feel hungry at some point, and nuts are a filling and healthy road trip option. Nuts are packed with healthy fats and studies show they improve mortality, reduce the risk of diabetes, and help lower your cholesterol. Just don’t overdo it—they can be addicting. Opt to buy them in pre-packaged serving sizes.

Fresh Fruit: Skip the M&M’s and satisfy your sweet tooth with fresh fruit. Pack a cooler, and toss in some of your seasonal favorites. Berries and grapes are great for snacking, and you can’t go wrong with a few apples and bananas on hand. Plus, you’ll get a boost of fiber and other essential nutrients.

CMWL Nutrition Bar: If you’re determined to get to your destination and don’t want to stop for food, a CMWL nutrition bar will provide all of the nutrients you need for a complete meal. They’re easy to pack, delicious, and perfect when you’re on the go.   

Peanut Butter. If you’re feeling like you really need to cheat, peanut butter will give you the satisfaction without the guilt. Like nuts, it’s easy to overdo it, so make sure you read the nutrition label and stick to one serving. Give your snack a boost of veggies by bringing carrots to dip into the peanut butter for a filling, healthy road trip snack.

Water: It’s easy to become dehydrated during a long road trip, which you can mistake for hunger. Bring a water bottle, and to make sure you’re drinking enough, make it your goal to fill it up at each rest stop.

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