Summer is nearly here and that means ROAD TRIP! While you have the perfect playlist for the car, do you have the perfect food? Eating on the go can be more stressful than the traffic on the Interstate! Here are 5 healthy and easy to make snacks for traveling.
Thankfully road trip snack planning is not as difficult as you might think, you just need to get a little creative and spend some time making snacks that are filling and provide you with energy , and are actually good for you. In this article I’ll try to help you out with that by providing you with some meal ideas.
Note that if you need any help getting the ingredients necessary for making any of these, I highly recommend that you look up some home meal delivery reviews and use a good delivery service, instead of spending your last, already hectic day before the trip chasing them down.
Fruit Bars with Nuts
These are pretty basic and you can probably buy them at any corner store, but I suggest making them so you can use organic ingredients and eliminate preservatives and lessen sugar. Contrary to what many people might think, nuts are filling because of their high protein and fat content, and fruits can provide you with all the simple sugars you need to keep from feeling drowsy and groggy, especially if you’re already under the influence of jet lag or tired from driving.
Flaxseed and Peanut Butter Sandwiches
Flaxseeds are an abundant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids that everyone in the health and fitness world continues to go on about. They’re also full of protein and fiber, which is great for leveling out your blood sugar, controlling your appetite and eliminating the possibility of constipation during a trip. Add some peanut butter to the equation and you’ve got yourself a tasty, healthy snack that will keep your energy levels up and your cravings at bay.
You can buy these at a store but they’re dead simple to make – all you have to do is cut up some bananas and place them in an oven for about 3 hours. Essentially little more than dehydrated bananas, banana chips are a great way to quickly energize yourself with some simple sugars without having to risk feeling bloated from eating too many fresh bananas (something that’s happened to me time and time again before I discovered banana chips, actually).
Ah, granola. The alpha and omega of the dieting world due to its high fiber, protein and Iron content. However, much commercially made granola is also very high in calories, fat and sugars. Granola bars are easy to make, are really filling and are easy on your digestive tract, which is a must for long car or bus trips.
Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein, and they’re also very high in fiber and help balance out your blood sugar. They also contain a fair bit of calcium, vitamin C and potassium,which can significantly contribute to better bone health. Roasting chickpeas in an oven is a cool way to get rid of excess water inside the chickpeas themselves, making them nice and crispy and less likely to spoil over time.