Summertime means long days packed with activities that will have you constantly on the go. Whether you’re shuttling kids back and forth to camp or planning full-on family road trip, it’s a safe bet that you’ll clock more than a few hours behind the wheel this summer.
But should more car time mean more fast food? Absolutely not. Instead, stock your ride with healthy, non-perishable items that can stand up to the Texas heat. Eating low-calorie snacks packed with nutrients and fiber will help you maintain your healthy eating habits throughout the season.
If you crave a salty crunch, potato chips are likely your biggest snack temptation. Do yourself a favor and keep them out of reach when you’re on the go. Instead, keep a few well-portioned baggies of nuts in your car or purse this summer. Nuts contain protein, fiber, nutrients and healthy fats to keep you feeling full longer. Unlike the empty calories you’ll find in a bag of Lay’s, a small handful of pistachios, walnuts or almonds provides plenty of vitamins and nutrients to fuel your summer fun. Plus, this satisfying treat has the wherewithal to stand up to a few hot afternoons in the car.
Granola offers a semi-sweet, satisfying crunch without the added sugar and calories of a few cookies. With heart-healthy whole grains and protein to keep you lean, granola is an easy snack to toss in the car without any worries about melting. Granola bars can also do the trick if you stick to brands with limited additives.
Many brands of organic fruit snacks offer a low-calorie treat made with real fruit juices. Our favorite? Annie’s Bunny Fruit Snacks are naturally gluten-free, vegan treats packaged in individually wrapped portions for easy storage and snacking. Better yet, reach for dried fruits that keep well in hot weather, like banana chips or dried mango.
There’s always a way to eat healthy, even in the busiest (and hottest) of months. With a little forethought, you’ll avoid wasting time, money and calories on unhealthy foods if you’ve got other convenient snacks within reach.