On the road again?
Does your beach routine involve a trashy novel in one hand and trashy food in the other?
Can the candy, skip the chips. What is it about stopping for gas that demands a sugar fuel-up? Put down the pretzels! It’s just one of the snacks we think of as being healthy, when in fact it’s really a bag of empty calories.
Our healthy-cooking expert, Rebecca Katz, takes the guess work out of healthy snacking with a list of tasty and nutritional ideas sure to be favorites for the whole family. Since these snacks can be picked up or prepared before you hit the road, you’ll be saving not just your health, but time and money, too.
1. Lara Bars
These protein bars are tasty and packed with nutritional ingredients: dates, nuts, and three more items—all real food. They’re only 150–200 calories per bar depending on the flavor. Varieties include Ginger Snap, Peanut Butter Cookie, Apple Pie, and Cinnamon Roll. To learn more, visit their Web site .
2. Celery Sticks
Here’s a cute twist on a healthy staple: create a fun “Ants on a Log” treat by spreading a celery stick with peanut butter and placing several raisins on top. You can also substitute hummus for the peanut butter.
3. A Healthy Dip
Whole-grain crackers and hummus is waaayyy better than chips ’n‘ dip.
Plain yogurt, mixed with your own fruit, travels well in a mini GladWare container.
5. Easy Snacking even if You’re Driving
String cheese is easy enough to eat with one hand on the steering wheel.
6. Protein Boost
Hard-boiled eggs provide an instant protein hit. They are both satisfying and filling.
7. A Sweet and Crunchy Treat
Unsweetened applesauce gets livened up with some walnuts thrown in.
8. A More Substantial Snack
Half an almond-butter sandwich on whole grain bread always hits the spot.
It’s important to stay well-hydrated on the road. Honest Tea or Tzao bottled teas are good choices, or fill a thermos with your own iced tea, water with lemon, sparkling water with lemon or lime, or juice diluted with water (to cut down on sugar).
Updated September 3, 2010