I have never been a fan of eating in the car. EVER. Nor do I endorse eating standing up, eating while watching TV, or even eating on the couch. I like sitting at the dining room table and just enjoying my food. Even if its just me, I will still sit and eat at the table. That said, with my crazy schedule and awful commute, I find it nearly impossible to not eat on the go, and I’m sure there are many people out there that have to resort to eating in less than ideal conditions. If you have a long commute home after work there is no sense in not having an “on the road snack.” Being ravenous for dinner when you get home will just lead to overeating. Here are 5 healthy foods to bring along with you. These are meant to be just for snacks, not actual meals.
- Fruit!- Yep, just plain old fruit is one of the best snacks to bring along with you. This really is the best choice for numerous reasons. First off, most people do not get the recommended 2-3 cups of fruit per day. It’s sweet and delicious and packed with fiber to tide you over until dinner time. Additionally, you can easily hold it in one hand, so you can drive/ text/ or flip off people with the other hand :). Some fall fruits to take on the go include apples and pears. Bananas and oranges are also always good choices, but oranges can be tough to peel and may leave you with a sticky steering wheel :(.
2. Granola/Cereal/Nut bars– Ok people, so Granola bars are a good choice. They’re portable, won’t rot or make your car smell, and they can’t be crushed by your labtop, nutrition books, or gym shoes. Above I’ve displayed two bars, both of which I like, but one is a much much better choice. Can you guess which one? The cheerio bar tastes pretty good, but ahh! Look at that ingredient list, INSANE! No single food product should have that many hard to pronounce ingredients. On the other hand, I just discovered these fabulous Mrs. Mays TRIO nut bars. They are so so good, and have a much shorter and easier to pronounce ingredient list. There are many bars on the market, many of which make a great snack. Some things to look for which choosing a bar. Less than 10 grams of sugar, some protein- 3- 1o grams would be ideal, and if it has a couple grams of fiber that would but a plus too.
3. Popcorn!– I usually forget about this one, but it really is a great healthy snack food ( as long as its not swamped with butter and salt). Popcorn is awesome because the serving size is 6 cups popped! WOA! That is awesome. You can eat 6 Cups of this brand of popcorn for only 130 calories. Now that should keep you busy for a while.
4. Trail Mix– Trail mix is great because it doesn’t go bad and you can get some Omega 3’s if your mixture has walnuts. I highly recommend buying trail mix from Trader Joes, or even better yet, make your own! I would recommend a mixture of nuts, dried fruit, your favorite high fiber cereal, and if you have to throw some chocolate chips in their go for it. No, I’m not going to insist that its dark chocolate like all the other anal nutrition people out there, because quite frankly I think dark chocolate is gross and its really not that much better for you than regular chocolate. You could try carob chips though if you wanted…
5. Coffee/ tea– Ok, so I know its not really a food, but it can provide you with something to sip and keep your mind occupied as you stroll 5 mph down the 405. I know, I know, a lot of people try to kick the coffee habit, but there are so many studies showing that its actually good for you. I read one study that shows that people who drink at least 1 Cup of coffee a day have decreased mortality from all causes. Woa. Thats kinda funny. My Epidemiology teacher thinks it may be due to other factors, for example people who can afford to drink coffee everyday can also afford health insurance…. but regardless coffee and tea (as long as it doesn’t have 7 creams and sugars) have a high antioxidant level and can help you stay awake. So I say drink up! BUT, watch out for those crazy 500 calorie coffee drinks from the Cafe type places ( AKA Starbucks).