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.
Dried Mango and Pineapple (no sugar added)
Why eat raisins when you could be eating way more flavorful dried exotic fruits? Dried pineapple has the perfect sweet-tart balance, while dried mango gives its signature pine-y flavor. They also pair well with nuts, especially cashews.
Sugar content: Be sure to get no-sugar added dried fruit so that the amount of sugar you get from fruit doesn't creep up on you. There are 12 g in a 1.4-oz serving of mango, 25 g in a 1.8-oz serving of pineapple. Without added sugar to keep it soft, it's a little more like natural fruit leather – and that's a good thing.
Other: Dried pineapple has 3 g of fiber.
Where to get it: Specialty food stores
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