If you’re hitting the road for a family vacation this summer, chances are you’ll be stopping at a drive-thru (or two) along the way. Healthy options are often limited along highways, but there are some staple snacks that are easy to find in just about any gas station or mini-mart, even in the middle of nowhere.
They’re sweet, they’re healthy, they’re filling, they come in their own neat packaging, and most kids will gobble them up. Look for a fruit basket usually positioned near the cash register.
Carrots are packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene, plus they’re crunchy, which makes them fun to eat. Look for individual portion sizes in the refrigerated section. Some even come packed with healthy dips, like hummus.
The king of all gas station snack foods might be beef jerky, but opt for the turkey variety instead. It’s a little more tender, which makes it easier for smaller jaws to chew, and it’s loaded with protein for a filling, salty snack.
A healthy, protein-packed dose of calcium that’s fun to eat. Most convenience stores sell full packages of string cheese, so you can get enough for the whole ride.
If the kids are craving something salty, skip the chips and reach for a bag of pretzels instead. Less fat and sodium makes these a much healthier alternative.
Hit the nut aisle and grab a bag of trail mix, which makes another healthy alternative to chips. With salty and sweet varieties there’s something to suit every snack craving.
Protein bars make a great mini meal when you’re trying to make that last leg to the next stop. Not all protein bars are made alike though, so check the labels and look for ones that are lower in sugar, like kid-favorite Z Bars.
Nut butters are packed with protein and can often be found in single serving packs at most convenience stores. Spread it on those carrot sticks and pretzels, or just eat it as is.
What’s your family’s favorite road trip snack? Tell us in the comments below.