Summer is here! You may have big plans this summer that could include traveling on the road. From past experiences or tales from friends and family, you might know eating on the road can be challenging. How can you make sure you stay healthy while traveling this summer? Pack your own snacks!
Packing snacks is a great way to keep unwanted hunger pangs at bay. But chips, candy and soda should not be your first choice. Be proactive by making your own road trip snacks. A great choice is trail mix. Trail mix has the perfect mix of fat, carbohydrates and protein to keep you feeling satisfied while on the road. The good news is trail mix is customizable and easy to make. Check out all of the reasons why trail mix is the perfect road trip snack for you:
Start With Whole Grains
Whole grains are a source of healthy carbohydrates and the body’s preferred fuel source. Not only are they filled with essential vitamins and minerals, they are full of fiber which can help you feel fuller longer. Make a whole grain the base of your trail mix! Great options include Cheerios, Popcorn or Kashi.
Consuming protein helps keep us full and our muscles strong. Think nuts and seeds like almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. An added bonus – nuts and seeds are sources of healthy fats! These taste good and help satisfy your hunger.
Add Dried Fruit
Sweeten your trail mix naturally by sprinkling in some dried fruit. Look for options without added sugar. Even better, they contain fiber which helps fill you up. Craisins, raisins or dried apricots are great choices.
Don’t Forget the Sweet Treat!
Store bought trail mix is known for containing sweet treats. Don’t deprive yourself; instead limit one option to satisfy your sweet tooth. You will get the taste you love without all of the added sugar. A great standby is dark chocolate bits!
Remember Portion Control
Trail mix can contain high fat and high calorie items. That does not mean you should forget about eating it. Instead, limit your portion size. Aim for 1/4 cup serving of trail mix. Prepackage your trail mix like I did in the picture below. When you prepackage snacks you will not be tempted to eat more!
Next time you are looking for a snack, think trail mix. Instead of buying premade trail mix at the store, look for ingredients at home. You will save money, time and make a more nutritious choice.