While on long driving or travel, snacking on the road cannot be avoided. Our craving and growling stomachs will surely call us to feed them something, and this “something” usually pertains to food we eat at stopover mini stores, small restaurants and drive-through. However, most of these foods fall under the “unhealthy” category. If you’re one who’s conscious of eating healthy food, why not go the extra mile of preparing your own snacks before starting on that long trip? In this article, we list down tips and suggestions of travel munchies that can keep you satisfied.
1. Load up on fresh-cut vegetables and fruits.
Nothing can ever beat the most nutritious and health-friendly vegetables and fruits. For your journey, bring along a small cooler with ice packs to keep these snacks fresh.Bananas, apples and oranges are always great and very portable. If you would like to slice the apples, dip in lemon juice or orange juice to prevent browning. Another treat is to mix them their dried fruits, nuts and pretzels. To be creative, you can quickly make a salad with cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks and celery sticks. Treat yourself with delight with servings of dressing as well for a blend of tastes.
2. Bring plenty of water.
Drinking water keeps you hydrated. An added advantage in contrast with sodas, juices and other beverages is that water in its pure form is colorless and clear, so if you spill it accidentally, it won’t stain the upholstery. To keep it as cooling, you can also stock them in the cooler.
3. Take it from the mouse—have a slice of hard cheese.
The third suggestion item in your cooler are wrapped portions of individual string cheese or vegetarian cheese alternatives. You can also have cheese spread over a pan of bread, or combine it with scrambled egg or bacon in a sandwich.Another is to place it on top of pasta or prepare a cheese sauce for meatballs and other tidbits. Be as creative as you can be with cheese as they are a great source of calcium and protein.
4. Don’t overindulge in greasy chips.
No matter how we are tempted to stash greasy and tasty chips into out palates, we should not, for the sake of being healthy. Instead, bring baked whole grain crackers along on your trip. These crackers are not only easy to eat while driving but are also good for body as they have added fiber and nutrients.
5. Buckle up with peanut butter.
You can never go wrong with peanut butter. If you’re looking forward to a healthier snack, go for peanut butter which has low sugar content. You can spread it over a fruit jam on your whole grain bread or sandwich with a lean meat. You can also bake oatmeal cookies and put peanut butter right on top or as a filling. Yum!
6. Chew on nuts.
One of the best snacks while in transits nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts and other unsalted nuts. They don’t have to be packed as frozen or cold and can just be placed in small zip lock storage bags—very handy!Nuts also help to keep you awake while driving, as it provides the brain more focus and better blood cells circulation.
Other Things to Consider When Tripping
Safety is king when traveling. Inside the car, stay attentive to the road, other cars and signs.
Don’t think of avoiding drinking water in worry of frequent urgency to look for a public toilet. Washrooms will always be available and present in canteens, gas stations, and other stopover areas.
You might be bored listening to songs on the radio. To enjoy your trip more, prepare a killer song list in your iPod, CD, and music player.
Plan the destinations of your trip. Bring a map to easily locate yourself if ever you get lost. A better tip is to have a GPS in your car for a more successful and faster navigation and journey.
Go to bed early before the day of the long trip. This will ensure that you’ve had enough sleep and energy to sustain while in the car.
Before going out of the house for a long trip, make sure that you are satisfied with a hearty meal for breakfast. Having a good and complete breakfast, lunch, or dinner just before you take off is important, as to keep your energy for long period of time.
Snacks will help to ease down hunger but having a full meal is still best. As for snacking, keep your food under control, choose healthier snack alternatives and take extra careful when eating inside a moving vehicle to avoid spills, stains and yourself from choking up food.
Treisha is a portrait of a modern-day Party Girl. Nights of dancing and socializing are not uncommon in Treisha’s life, but she claims to know and respect her limits. When responsibilities and opportunities align themselves, she knows how to prioritize them and keep them in order. Treisha works part-time as a blog manager and writer for Uratex Blog.