Road trips are all about driving, singing songs, enjoying the scenery and munching down on snacks. However, what you’re munching on may not always be the healthiest! It’s tempting to stop at that convenience store en route and pick up the saltiest or sweetest snacks for the journey, but those choices aren’t the best for your body. Staying hydrated, full and alert is crucial to safe driving on the road. Consuming only unhealthy snacks on the road can decrease your body’s energy and contribute to stress.

Avoiding the trap of relying on convenient, readily available unhealthy treats can be tricky, but is worth it for a more fulfilling journey. Check out the six essential healthy snacks to pack in the car for your road trip.

1. Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is a healthy and delicious treat that is filled with protein and leaves you feeling full. Opt-out of grabbing that gas station beef jerky that’s loaded with preservatives and high in sodium. Instead, pick up healthier, organic beef jerky from a natural foods store or grocery store prior to your trip.

2. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Eggs are filled with protein and a quick way to prepare them is to hard-boil. Hard-boiled eggs can be easily stored, easy to devour on the journey and relatively mess-free. They pair perfectly with crackers or just on their own with some salt on top.

3. Protein Bars

Although there is a myriad of protein bar options out there, not all are made up of the same healthy, nutritious ingredients. Some protein bars are packed full of sugar and added preservatives, which can be equally as unhealthy as all of those gas station sweet treats. When picking up protein bars, ensure you’re choosing protein bars with natural, nutritious ingredients that leaves you feeling alert without the sugar crash later.

4. Carrots

It’s no secret that carrots are full of fibre and are high in nutrition, but they’re also easy to eat a snack to have on the road when you’re bored. When you find yourself ready and wanting to munch down on something, carrots are a healthy choice and are mess-free.

5. Hummus

Hummus is a delicious, protein-packed treat that is a great choice for road trips. Whether you use crackers, carrots or celery to dip into your hummus, all make for a nutritious and filling snack of B vitamins.

6. Pistachios

Pistachios make for a great crunchy and tasty snack full of fibre and unsaturated fats. They’re a healthier alternative to nuts with fewer calories and more flavour!

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