Quick Snacks for the Road

We’ve all seen the following sceario. You’re traveling along when all of a sudden it hits you, hunger. What do we do when a major snack attack happens? Do you stop at the closest convenient store for a bag of chips and an energy drink? Perhaps you run to a local franchise for some quick but greasy bites? We’re all guilty of this. These aren’t the only options, however. All it really takes is a little time and planning ahead for you to avoid food with no beneficial nutrients other than simple sugars and loaded with carbohydrates.

If you do still decide to stop at a gas station, skip the carbohydrates and go for something crunchy and salty, such as mixed nuts. All of the nuts such as peanuts, pistachios, almonds and walnuts contain a healthy combination of both fat and proteins that your body needs to continue going. Say no to the big gulp sodas that sound so tempting. Soda contains high levels of sugar which has earned it the nickname of liquid sugar. Instead, stick to low or no sugar sports drinks or infused waters. Or you can buy a regular water and add a lemon packet. Lemon contains more potassium than grapes or apples. Who knew?

Many gas stations will have a wide selection of goodies to choose from. Pick a yogurt for the road. Worried about having to eat and drive? That’s easily solved. Just pop in a straw and you can enjoy your favorite yogurt on the go. You can also do this with applesauce for kids. Children are infamous for getting messy in your beloved Chevrolet. Try this mess-free snack for the road. Prepare this before you leave. Reuse a peanut butter container. Clean it out and fill the bottom with fresh peanut butter. Cut fresh celery and add to jar. It’s as easy as opening a jar and snacking away, but without all the mess.

Veggies on the go can get expensive especially at gas stations. Try this easy veggie solution. Empty a sour cream container along with a small baby food jar. Clean both and dry well. Fill the baby food jar with your favorite dip, such as ranch. Place the baby jar inside the middle of the sour cream container add baby carrots and you’ve got a great snack that doesn’t break the bank. We hope you heed these great snack tips from your friends at SouthTowne Motors.

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