Junk food becomes all the more tempting when you're on the road, and that's why it's important to have travel snacks on hand. You'll be less tempted to drive through a fast food restaurant for an inexpensive, but fattening, snack or to hit up the vending machine for empty calorie foods. The extra prep time you set aside to make your travel snacks will pay off in the long run. You'll avoid consuming too many calories and feel better overall. Try some of these simple delicious snacks--they'll be easy to consume while driving.
1. Peanut Butter Crackers
Peanut Butter crackers are great because they combine protein from the peanut butter with carbohydrates from the crackers, making for a filling and nutritional snack. If you're concerned about too much sodium or don't like the idea of eating processed or packaged food, consider preparing a whole wheat English muffin with some organic peanut butter or a nut butter (like almond or cashew butter) spread in between like a sandwich. You'll have a tasty snack that will keep you full for a couple of hours.
2. Cheese Cubes and Grapes
A very simple snack, eating a handful of cheese cubes with some grapes will also provide you with a good combination of protein and carbohydrates. The best part is that both are very easy to eat as you're driving.
3. Popcorn with Peanut M&M's
Though not as healthy or nutritional as eating a piece of fruit or some vegetables, sometimes you just want something sweet. Rather than fulfill that craving with a vending machine candy bar or a milk shake from a fast food restaurant, you're better off eating a simple popcorn candy mixture. Pre-pop some plain popcorn (look for the ones marked "light" or natural") and mix in a bag of peanut M&M's. You could use other candy, but peanut M&M's will at least provide you with some protein. Divide what you make into several small portions and seal them in zip lock bags. Then, when your sweet tooth beckons, you'll have an easily accessible sweet-salty snack at hand.
4. Dried Fruit with Almonds
Buy a bag of your favorite dried fruit and mix it with some plain almonds. You can also throw in a few walnuts.
5. Turkey Cheese Rolls
These snacks are great when you need an energy boost. Roll a thin slice of low-fat cheese (like Swiss) up in a piece of turkey deli meat. Make several rolls and eat one or two when you find yourself needing a substantial snack.
Obviously, sliced fruits and vegetables always make great healthy car snacks. The key thing to remember when choosing what snacks to pack is to only select items that will provide you the most nutritional value. Try to avoid empty calories and packaged snacks. Even if touted as being only 100 calories or low in fat, they don't provide you with a fair portion of the nutrients you need.