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.
Nut Butter Squeeze Packs
Justin's nut butters toe the health line by offering peanut and almond butters that have been enhanced by some honey, salt and in some cases chocolate. They're still a decent choice, but for the healthiest option, check out their basic flavors (almond butter or peanut butter) or Artisana, which has organic nut butters, including raw almond, raw walnut, cashew, macadamia and pecan. Plus, they're pre-portioned in 2-tbsp servings.
Sugar content: There are 0 g of added sugar in Artisana nut butter and Justin's classic Peanut Butter and Almond Butter. The flavored varieties have 2 g to 6 g of added sugar.
Fat: These are higher in fats, but the kind that are proven to be good for your heart when eaten in moderation.
Other: Protein and fiber are some other wins.
Where to get it: Specialty food stores