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.
Hard-boiled eggs (pre-peeled)
You already know eggs are a great source of protein. Hard-boiled and peeled, they're a portable protein to pack, alongside some crunchy veggies, an apple or whole-grain crackers.
Sugar content: 0 g
Fat: Mostly saturated fat, but the yolk also delivers most of the egg's nutrients, including carotenoids, which help prevent age-related macular degeneration.
Other: 6 g of protein per egg
Where to get it: Gas station; supermarket
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