It’s easy to prioritize convenience over health when you’re eating food on the go. But if you find yourself on the open road this summer, make sure you pack some healthy snacks along with your bags. In order to avoid falling prey to those gas station pit stops, we at Rise Bar have compiled a list of healthy, tasty options to satisfy all the nutrition your body needs. This way, you get to avoid the countless fast food joints along the way for a guilt-free road trip. So, besides your favorite flavors of Rise Bars (of course!), what else should you take along? Here are our top picks!
Ditch deep-fried and over-salted chips for nuts. Walnuts, almonds, and other nuts have all the crunch of chips but with the added benefit of unsaturated fatty acids, which means they can help lower cholesterol. For those with allergies, avocado, olives, and sunflower seeds are also great sources of the same fatty acids.
Fruit in Ice
Take your fruit-infused water to the next level! Chop and freeze your favorite fruits into little ice cubes the night before your trip. You can use anything from strawberries to fresh mint. As the ice cubes melt, you’ll be keeping your water cold as well as tasty for miles to come. Save time by using refillable, BPA-free water bottle so you don’t have to keep buying plastic bottles along the way.
Pack some yogurt in the cooler for calcium, probiotics, protein – and of course, taste. Whatever your favorite brand, Greek yogurt usually has more protein and less sodium than other varieties, making it a great go-to on the road.
This recipe is easy: pick your favorite nuts, whole-grain oats, and dried fruit. Mix together some oil and honey, pour over your granola, then pop the mixture in the oven for 45 minutes or so, and voila! You have do-it-yourself granola. Mix it with dried fruit like figs or apricots to your liking. Alternatively, store-bought granola will do the trick if you’re in a rush, but make sure to avoid overly-sweet concoctions. Either way, you’ll be adding fiber to help regulate your digestion on the road.
Pick your own berries for this healthy option. Berries are a great source of antioxidants and they’re easy to eat on the road. We recommend getting the most out of the summer by choosing seasonal varieties like blackberries, blueberries, and huckleberries, which hit their peak during the summer, though this may vary depending on location.
Eggs are a great source of solid protein for your fitness, especially since meat is hard to prepare and keep on the road. Keep these handy and if you have time, peel them before you go.
Prepared servings of vegetables can save the day when you need something to snack on, especially for clean eating. We recommend sticking to solid, crunchy veggies that don’t spoil easily, like carrots, celery, broccoli, or cucumber – put them in little bags for small servings.