Planning a road trip? How about planning your meals and snacks too? Dig out that cooler and create some heart-healthy meals and snacks. Your healthy body will thank you.
Rather than stopping for fast food, try these options:
Whole grain bagel with 1 tbsp. light cream cheese, 1 tbsp. peanut butter, a slice of low-fat cheese, or
2 slices of whole grain bread with 1 tsp. mustard or light mayonnaise and 2 to 3 oz. of fresh turkey.
Whole-wheat pita with 2 tbsp. humus topped with grated carrot and lettuce. Spread a whole-wheat tortilla with 1 tbsp. light cream cheese or bean dip, and then add grated carrot, lettuce, or other vegetables. Roll the tortilla and slice it crosswise into bite-size pinwheels.
Hint: Cut sandwiches into halves or quarters for easier eating.
Fresh Fruit: Seedless grapes, sliced apples (dipped in lemon juice to prevent browning), peeled and segmented oranges, bananas. Fresh Vegetables: Baby carrots, celery sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets, red and green pepper slices. Breads/Cereals: Pretzels, mini rice cakes, sesame breadsticks, low-sugar dry cereal, animal crackers, graham crackers, vanilla wafers, fig bars.
Make Your Own Trail Mix: Bite-size low-sugar cereal, dried fruit, and unsalted nuts (in moderation).
Don’t forget to pack some bottled water, low-sodium vegetable juice, or 100% fruit juice for your beverages - and off you go!