So, you’ve decided to take a road trip. You’ve got the SUV packed up and hours worth of music in tow. Your pillow is in hand and while you normally don’t like to ride for more than 30 minutes at a time, you’ve convinced yourself that this is going to be tons of fun; especially since you won’t be driving alone. Now all you need is to figure out what foods to bring along because combo meals seem to make you sleepy more than anything. Are you wondering what healthy snacks can give you the boost of energy that you need to get you “over the river and through the woods”?
You’re in luck. Check out these below.
Not only is it convenient and for the most part, not a messy kind of food, it’s also a great way to get in a natural sugar rush with a minimum level of guilt. And with fruits that are high in Vitamin C like oranges, strawberries and kiwi, you’re getting a good amount of antioxidants needed to fight off any germs that may try and get into system because of your riding companions’ head cold or due to a change in climate once you arrive at your destination.
The wonderful thing about nuts is that there are a variety of them; if you don’t like almonds, there are cashews; if you don’t like pistachios, there are peanuts. When it comes digesting a great energy source, nuts provide three essential ones that our bodies need: proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Plus, if you get them covered in dark chocolate, there are studies to support that there’s the extra bit of help that you need to reduce your blood pressure and increase blood flow.
Popcorn and Cereal
There was a health report recently released that sang the praises of popcorn. As a whole grain, it’s filled with polyphenols, an antioxidant that prevents cell damage. Also, being that it’s a food that doesn’t have a lot of water in it, you get more of them into your system and as an added bonus, you won’t have to make bathroom runs as much as you would with other kinds of fluid-filled snacks. Matter of fact, eating popcorn or cereal that is made from whole grains (it usually says so on the box), lowers Type 2 diabetes and asthma risks. It also has plenty of magnesium (for nerve and muscle function) and iron, which keeps our blood levels healthy. Just make sure that it’s not popcorn loaded down with butter and salt and if you must sweeten your cereal, remember that honey is a better option that white sugar. That’s because honey is an awesome antioxidant too!
Can there be anything more refreshing than a Ziploc bag filled with carrot or celery sticks? And vegetables are chocked full of fiber, potassium, folic acid as well as vitamins A and D. Folic acid, also known as Vitamin B9, is helpful when it comes to cell maintenance repair and regulating stress. You can find it in abundance in most green vegetables and when you’re riding in a car for hours on end, sometimes you need a little something to help with the stress, right? Another benefit is that if you’re traveling in a caravan of rental cars, it’s a food that you won’t have to do a lot of “clean-up work” for after you get out of the vehicle.
While on the road, it can be pretty tempting to stop at a fast food place and order a shake; especially in those last 100 or so miles on your trip. But, if you had some yogurt on hand instead, both you and your body would thank you for it later. Yogurt is like its own Jello-textured form of B complex. It’s also filled with calcium, acidophilus and protein. It’s a sweet and low-calorie way to lower your cholesterol, strengthen your bones, fight the overgrowth of any yeast or fungus and provide you with just enough protein to get you to your desired exit…finally!