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.
Multigrain Tortilla Chips
As far as chips go, Food Should Taste Good's multigrain tortilla chips lead the pack. They have a typical amount of calories (140 in 10 chips), but have a great ingredient list: stone-ground corn, flax, sesame and sunflower seeds, plus quinoa make these a good whole-foods-based snack. Another one to try are the sweet potato chips from Way Better Snacks, which use sprouted quinoa and chia seeds.
Sugar content: 0 g
Fat: Sunflower oil gives this chip mostly monounsaturated, some polyunsaturated and no saturated fat.
Other: 80 mg sodium, 2 g of fiber and 2 g of protein give this chip and edge.
Where to get it: Supermarket
Credit: Courtesy Way Better Snacks