Keep yourself and your co-pilots happy with healthy snacks on your next road trip.
If you're hitting the road for vacation this summer or just driving to see a relative, pack the right foods to keep the hunger pangs away. Admittedly, it's easy to pack nothing and just stop at a gas station and fill up on gas and junk food. Instead, try these suggestions:
Your choices for fresh fruit will depend on how much you can really pack into the car. If you are able to take a cooler, fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and strawberries are delicious and as well as cooling on a hot summer day. If taking a cooler is not an option, hard fruits like apples, pear, oranges and peaches will do the trick.
While this dehydrated treat is a little high in sodium, it's a great portable protein. Jerky is also compact and easy to pack and store in the car. Make sure you drink plenty of water along with this snack.
Roasted chick peas
Move aside potato chips, there's a new crunchy snack in town. Roasted chickpeas are a tasty do-it-yourself snack. Throw them in a sealed container and hit the road. These crunchy little treats are low in fat and have the protein regular chips do not.
Veggies and dip
If a mid-journey spill doesn't scare you, consider packing veggies and dips like ranch dressing or peanut butter. Cut up veggies like carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower and pack them in plastic bags or reusable containers.
Central Florida Regional Hospital wishes you a safe and happy travel season. If you have health questions or if you would like to request a physician referral before hitting the road, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-800-445-3392.