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.
If crunch is your thing, try these baked green pea-based snacks from Harvest Snaps. They're made with green peas, oil, rice, salt, calcium and vitamin C, so they retain the protein (4 g) and fiber (3 g) of the original food.
Sugar content: 1 g (natural, not added)
Fat: These are baked with corn oil, giving it unsaturated fat.
Other: Some iron, potassium and calcium round out the health benefits of this snack food. Also, they have just 50 mg of sodium per serving.
Where to get it: Supermarkets; find it online.