Snacks For The Road
Jul 10, 2017
Summer time can mean lots of road trips and vacations. Do you find yourself grabbing unhealthy foods from fast food restaurants or gas stations? With just a little bit of thinking ahead at the supermarket, you can do your wallet and your health a big favor by creating your own stash of grab & go favorites to enjoy on the road for snacks or a quick meal.
Six Ideas for Grab & Go Snacks Made Easy
Hard-boiled eggs. Eggs are one of the best values around. Buy an extra dozen and hard boil them before you head out the door, and you’ll have an easy, stick-to-the-ribs protein-filled snack anytime.
Instant oatmeal. Buy a big package of instant or quick-cooking oats, and pre-measure 1⁄4 cup serving in snack-size ziplock bags. Add your own cinnamon and raisins, or other dried fruit and/or nuts. Even if you add a little sugar to taste, you’ll end up with much less than the prepared packets. Plus, you can buy about four dozen servings of oats for about the same price as you’d pay to buy one serving of oatmeal at a quick-serve restaurant!
Trail mix. Combine your own favorite mixed nuts with an assortment of dried fruits, and perhaps a little whole grain cereal. Keep a ziplock baggie of this trail mix in your bag or purse, and you’ll never need to buy a snack on the road.
Individual soups. If you have a microwave at the hotel you might be staying at, stock up on single-serve soups. (Make sure to check for lower-sodium brands.)
Crackers and tuna. Buy 100% whole grain crackers, and a few pouches of tuna. Pouched tuna requires no draining and no can opener, and many companies now add herbs and spices to the tuna for extra flavor. Add an apple and you’ve got a complete balanced lunch.
Nut butter and fruit. Keep pouches of nut butter in your bag or purse , and include some durable fruit (such as apples or bananas). Apple slices dipped in peanut butter taste great – or cut your banana the long way and layer on some almond butter. The protein boost from the nut butter makes it a great partner for fruit.
Many of these choices are shelf-stable and can sit right in your car until you’re ready to eat. So break that fast food/gas station habit today, with these delicious grab-and-go choices.
Information inspired by:
Hope Danielson, Director of Health and Wellness for County Market