You're on the road and it hits you -- not driver fatigue or the need for a bathroom break. We're talking about the powerful hunger of a snack attack. Do you run inside a convenience store for a bag of M&M's and energy drink while you get gas? Or are you a bottle of water and handful of peanuts type of snacker?
All it takes is a little planning ahead and you can easily avoid foods that contain no more than simple sugars and carbohydrates, such as soda, candy and other convenience store staples. Just as you'd pack an overnight bag with your must-have items from home, plan your road snack pack before you hit the highway. A small insulated cooler is a road trip must-have, as are small food storage containers or resealable baggies (the snack-sized kind are perfect for portion control) to keep finger foods ready to go.
When it comes to snack selection, instead of those that add extra sodium and empty calories to your diet, choose ones that are a well-balanced mix of protein and good-for-you fats -- think back to that bottle of water and handful of nuts. The best snacks for a road trip are the kind that will keep you feeling full longer so you'll be less likely to reach for a bag of potato chips an hour down the road. You'll not only keep your energy up but your belt-size intact. Let's begin our suggestions with a great potato chip alternative: nuts.