Sweets, fast food, and fizzy cooldrink. This is probably most travellers’ staple road trip snacks. Although these unhealthy snacks taste good while we consume them, they leave us feeling queasy afterwards, especially when on the road, don’t they?
I encourage you to rethink your road trip snacking habits. It’s as easy as simply replacing unhealthy snacks that are likely to make you feel uncomfortable on the road. Let’s be honest: After eating a hamburger and chips, or a pie, most of us tend to feel bloated. But after eating a salad, a healthy sandwich or some nuts, you probably feel much better. It’s our bodies trying to communicate with us, letting us know what to eat and what not to eat.
Sure, it’s okay to eat unhealthy food now and then, but when you’re on the road, it’s better to watch what you eat. Make your road trip more comfortable by eating healthy snacks.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you snack better on the road…
Drink more water
Instead of drinking too many sugary drinks, drink water. Drinking enough water has many benefits. For instance, it prevents annoying headaches and it helps you to stay full (so that you can avoid snacking on too much junk food and sweets). To make the most of water’s health benefits, aim to drink between 1 and 2 litres of water per day.
Replace sweets with fruit
Nothing says healthy like fruit, filled with plenty of nutrients. Also known as nature’s candy, fruit is a good alternative to sweets if you have an insatiable sweet tooth (like me).
Be smart with your fruit choice. Pack fruits that are easy to transport and won’t make a mess (eating an orange in a car spells disaster for sure). Top picks are apples, bananas and grapes. Dried fruit is also a great option.
If you just can’t imagine a road trip without sweets, however, opt for slightly healthier, fruity sweets like chocolate-covered raisins or organic fruit sweets.
Munch on popcorn
For a guilt-free crunchy snack, take some popcorn along on your road trip. Popcorn is low in calories and high in fibre. You can pre-pop it yourself at home and pack it into plastic bags or containers, or you can buy a few bags of popcorn along the way when stopping for fuel.
Pack sandwiches instead of buying fast food
Not only would it be healthier to avoid eating fast food, but it would also save you time and money.
Make sandwiches (or salads, an even healthier option) the night before or the morning of the trip. Go for low-GI bread, which keeps you fuller for longer. Choose fillings that won’t get squashed on a long drive – such as salami, smoked chicken, cucumber, sliced cheese, and gherkins. Spreads like pesto would make the sandwiches even tastier.
Eat healthy protein
On road trips, we tend to take in plenty of carbs. The problem is that these carbs are often not very good quality carbs, and that’s why we get hungry again so soon after eating. The solution is simple: protein!
A few good options for protein are:
- Cheese: on your sandwich or cut into cubes
- Energy bars: pack your favourites, or make some granola bars or date bites at home beforehand
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Hummus and dippers
What other healthy snacks can you recommend for a road trip?