It’s summertime, and whether you are off for the summer or trying to squeeze in some fun in the sun between work hours, we are all in need of a change of scenery or tempo in our lives. So, we pack our bags, plan our routes, arrange our transportation, and plan the next adventure! Whether it is by plane, train, boat, or car, you can’t forget to plan for the all-important ROAD SNACKS. Road snacks, carefully planned, can make-or-break your trip, and saves you from making extra pit stops to the convenience store.
Here are our top five treat recommendations for easy, portable nutrition as part of your successful vacation plans:
BEEF JERKY: Protein satisfies hunger quickly. WC Jerky skips all the added preservatives and sugars found in other brands and brings the convenience of a low-carb, low-calorie snack that doesn’t require refrigeration or extra space. There are a wide variety of flavors, including a few limited-edition jerky flavors coming your way. Healthy, portable, and small—you can’t ask for anything more in a road trip companion.
- Nuts—specifically pistachios: These little treats are full of unsaturated fats and fiber with only four calories per nut. If you get them unshelled, they are even more convenient. Many companies offer single serve options so throw a few in your travel bag for a great crunchy way to stay awake and alert without getting bogged down with salt and sugar.
Trail Mix: This snack has come a long way, beyond the simple combination of dried fruits and nuts, to include interesting blends of savory and sweet. Coconut shavings, raisins, a wider selection of nuts, seeds and various candies are all common parts of trail mix offerings on the shelf. If you don’t find a trail mix with all the parts you like, just make your own! Throw your favorites in a bowl, mix them up, and scoop a few servings into your own Ziploc bags. You can find a few recipes to get you started here.
Freeze-Dried or Dried Fruits: Packing an apple, banana, or grapes can be risky, as they are at risk of getting smushed or becoming overripe, especially when traveling to warm climates. However, dehydrated fruits are easy to find and make enjoying nature portable during long days on the road or in airports. Strawberries, blueberries, coconut flakes, raspberries, mangos, apricots, pineapples, peaches, and plums all become delicious options of adding variety into your travel snacks!
- Sunflower Seeds: These seeds are big on taste but small in size. As a light filling snack, sunflower seeds serve up seven grams of protein per serving. Snacking on these can also lower your blood pressure—great for traffic situations, flight delays or long lines.
No matter where you plan to travel, even if it’s just to work, don’t forget to fuel up with these tasty and nutritious ROAD SNACKS!