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.
Raw Revolution Organic Live Food Bars
If you believe in the power of raw foods (and there are plenty of reasons), this bar is for you. It has a basic ingredient list, featuring raw nuts, dates, sunflower seeds and sprouted flax seeds, plus agave nectar. Look for the Spirulina Dream variety for a green boost.
Sugar content: 15 g, but most of that coming from dates
Fat: All from nuts and seeds
Other: Just 10 mg of sodium, and no added salt.
Where to get it: Specialty food stores