If so, do you bring along your own snacks, or do you play Russian Roulette with buying stuff on the road?
It is oh-so-easy (and oh-so-tempting) to just pull up to a drive-thru window or grab a bag of "stuff" from a convenience store. I know I'm guilty. I have been there and done that a time or two (or several).
Did you know it's just as easy to take your own snacks along with you? It's usually a lot less expensive, too.
Now, first things first, let me emphasize that I do NOT eat 100% lean, clean, or green all the time. I'm not gluten-free, nor vegan. And, I do not have any specialized training, education or certification in nutrition.
I do have common sense, though.
Here are some of the options I take along with me on road trips:
First and foremost, nuts. I've never been much of a peanut butter fan (unless it comes in a Reese's wrapper), but I do like peanuts for snacking. I also like cashews, mixed nuts, and almonds (my favorite!). All of these nut products are rich in protein, which is a vital nutrient for muscle strength and endurance.
Another favorite snack is dried fruit, particularly raisins. I have a horrendous sweet tooth, and raisins give me that "sweet fix" with a little bit of nutrition on the side. Mixing raisins with peanuts really enhances the flavor of each. Also, adding a little bit of granola will sweeten up the mix.
What do you do for on-the-road snacking?
I'm linking up for the Thursday Throwdown, hosted by Tamieka at Fit Balling Mom , Sarah at Cardigan Sarah , and Lex at Flecks of Lex .This week's theme is "spring cleaning." I have been working on cleaning up my snacks (on the road and otherwise). I invite you to head over and checkout the hosts, as well as all the other bloggers who are "cleaning up" this week.
I could live off of nut butter. Seriously! Somehow it leaves me fuller than just nuts (maybe because nuts seem like such a small portion size). And while I love dried fruit, sugar is very addicting to me, so again, that's something I reserve for my home made protein bar.ReplyDelete
I like to snack on home made protein balls, string cheese, fruit, jerky. I do do nuts sometimes too.
And I always travel with food. ALWAYS.
I have yet to try almond butter.....that's my next "new" food purchase ;-)Delete
Before my run today, I had almond butter on my waffle with sliced bananas. I could eat AB and PB every day!Delete
I am the official curator and carrier of the snack bag when we travel. And I'm way too cheap to spill for airport junk. I typically carry apples (love how the load is instantly lightened as soon as I serve those up) nuts/trail mix and fruit snacks for the kids.ReplyDelete
I love apples, but I prefer them right out of the refrigerator...cold & crisp. They are bulky, and heavy (as you mentioned), so I typically don't take them along on the road.Delete
When I'm traveling, nuts (usually almonds) are my go-to. Actually, I also eat them at work when I need a boost! They are filling and keep me going until my next meal.ReplyDelete
I have a bag of them in my desk at work, too!Delete
I love nuts & trail mix. I usually snack on energy bars and fruit. I am addicted to sugar...can't help myself when I see a donut or pastry.ReplyDelete
I also like granola bars, but I know they are loaded with sugar (which is why I like them!). I need to find an energy bar that doesn't taste like cardboard...any suggestions?Delete
I always say (as I am buying trail mi from the store)...I could totally make this myself!ReplyDelete
Portion control is my biggest issue but I can totally see how the snack bag size can really help with that!
Thank you so much for joining our link up today! I really appreciate your support!
I look forward to following your link-up! It's been so much fun getting to know you ;-)Delete
I love a good trail mix and this could not come at a better time to remind me to pack healthy snacks for our numerous road trips! I also love pretzels. The mini's go well in a trail mix too! :)ReplyDelete
I forgot to mention pretzels! Those are favorites, too!Delete
Thanks for linking up with us, Kim! These are great snacking tips! Since you're a Reese's lover like I am, have you ever had trail mix that has dark chocolate chips and peanut butter chips sprinkled in with dried fruit and nuts? AMAZING! I've been thinking about making my own to take with me to snack on in the car.ReplyDelete
Are the peanut butter chips coated with chocolate (LOL)? I'd have to try to it, but I usually need chocolate immediately with peanut butter (high-maintenance, I know). I scored recently, and found the LAST package of Reese's Easter eggs at the store...but I've only eaten one of them (so far). ;-)Delete
I have a ton of food allergies, so I always have snacks in my purse in case I find myself in a situation where I can't eat anything available. When I travel, I usually bring a whole bag of allergy-friendly eats just in case. Trail mix is one of my faves, too - but like you said, the portion size can really get ya!ReplyDelete
The portion size is really tricky! If I don't eat it piece-by-piece, I have it gone licketly-split-quickDelete
I always make / bring my own snacks. Any kind of nut + I add in some cranberries or raisins, possibly some chocolate chips.ReplyDelete
Dried prunes make for a good and easy snack to bring along too.
If I don't bring something, I am way too tempted to buy crappy food !
I love dried prunes, too. Have you tried the lemon or orange essence ones? Delish!!Delete
Great post! I do travel a lot, and we do play Russian roulette with our snacks more often than not! It's almost road trip tradition to eat junk...but I always feel horrible after :(ReplyDelete
The "junk" is hard to pass-up because it's so readily available and cheap. I still buy it from time to time, but I'm a lot more mindful of it (and am buying it less).Delete
I love nuts for snacks but I think you need some choc chips in there!ReplyDelete
When I started ultrarunning I had to make my own snacks. You can only take so much gu. Ha!ReplyDelete
I always try to carry my own snacks with me. My go to snack are granola bars.ReplyDelete