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.
KIND Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Bar
Bars range widely in ingredients and in nutrition, even within brands. This particular flavor from KIND manages to have a decent amount of protein and fiber for a 200-calorie bar. As we pointed out in a recent nutritional comparison test, the Clif Mojo bars are similarly nutritious bar and a perfectly equal second option.
Sugar content: Despite having 3 kinds of sugar in the ingredients, it's only 5 g (about a teaspoon) of sugar in one bar.
Fat: Mostly from almonds, peanuts and walnuts, but some palm kernel oil.
Other: They add chicory fiber to boost fiber to 7 g
Where to get it: Gas station
Credit: Courtesy KIND