Road trips offer the promise of freedom, adventure – and bad food. Gas station and rest stop foods are typically loaded with sodium, added sugars, hydrogenated fats, and chemicals with unpronounceable names. But with a little planning and sleuthing through the aisles of the grocery store, specialty store and, yes, even the gas station, you can find a few snacks that are road-worthy. While we're not offering up kale salads and freshly grilled salmon – those are a bit messy for the back seat – here's a healthy shortlist of over-the-counter snacks.
Cheese sticks are generally easy to find, pleasantly salty and have a short ingredient list. If you can find them, look for Cabot 50% reduced fat snack bars. As far as reduced-fat cheese goes, this cheddar is the most flavorful. 1 bar has just 50 calories and 6 g of protein. Regular cheese sticks are usually around 80 calories.
Sugar content: 0 g
Fat: Mostly saturated fat, but the latest research is showing that might not be such a bad thing.
Other: 15% of the calcium daily value.
Where to get it: Gas station; supermarket
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