Driving? Try These Take-Along Snacks
Eating well when on the road -- it can be done!
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Reviewed By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
You're in the car all day it seems -- for business, chores, even vacations. It's hard to eat while on the road, much less eat right, but it can be done. So what are some good food selections for driving? Fruits and vegetables would be at the top of my list. Lower-fat dairy products work well, too (keep cold in the car, invest in a car cooler!) along with whole grains and nuts. Lean meats are a nice addition, too, if you can keep them well chilled in the car (such as a turkey breast sandwich on a whole grain bagel).
The following tote-able take-along snacks must be easy to carry, easy to eat on the road, (some may require being kept in an ice chest though) and be reasonably healthful. What does this mean? It means it can't have too much fat or sugar. This rules out many of the snacks we are so tempted to take with us like those crackers and cheese snacks or those gummy fruit snacks, chewy granola bars and fruit filled breakfast bars -- which list sugar as their first ingredient.
Crackers: (containing canola oil or soybean oil)
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars
These are the only granola bars I found that use canola oil and don't list sugar as the first ingredient!
I think the trick to making fresh fruit appealing is to keep it cold. So if you freeze some grapes or keep your apple or orange wedges well-chilled in the car, taking them out for a nice afternoon snack will be particularly refreshing. Because fruits don't have a lot of fat they don't contain large amounts of omega-6 nor omega 3s. Cantaloupe, however, contains a nice little dose of some omega-3s.
Dried Fruit Snacks
Canned Fruit Snack Packs
Snackable Breakfast Cereals
* Tasty but not too big on fiber:
* Serious, higher fiber cereals:
Originally published June 4, 2003
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