When you are taking that long car drive to your vacation destination this summer a fast food stop doesn’t have to be your only meal option. A Shoppers dietitian provides tips for eating healthy on the road.
According to a release from Shoppers, registered dietitian Jennifer Shea said the trick to eating on the road is to find utensil-free, mess-free meals and snacks the entire family can enjoy.
Shoppers has , located at 8048 Ritchie Highway.
If you are traveling long distances in your car, Shea recommends the following snack options:
- Pack perishables: Hit the grocery store before you leave home and fill your ice-packed cooler with fresh fruit and veggies, mini dips (such as hummus), string cheese and yogurt.
- Make wraps: Make wrap sandwiches ahead of time and wrap in tinfoil for the family to enjoy burrito style.
- Stock up on snacks: Look for a variety of sweet and savory snacks. Think pistachios (pack a bag for the shells), almonds, trail mix, mini boxes of raisins, popcorn, sunflower seeds, wholegrain crackers, peanut butter, beef or turkey jerky, freeze dried fruit, fruit leather and granola bars.
- Don’t forget the drink: Drinks can be the most expensive item on the road. Purchase a 24 pack of bottled water, seltzers, unsweetened iced black, green tea or V-8 juices and throw it in the cooler.
Theodore Pitt, the store director at the , said the grocery chain would have everything local families need to stock up on before a long trip.
“At Shoppers, we’re prepared for customers ready to stock up on treats for their summer road trips,” Pitt said. “As fresh produce and easy-to-pack snacks are the ideal alternative to the fast food restaurants found along highways, we’ve made sure that we’re equipped with a wide selection of healthy food items available for purchase.”
What are your favorite summer vacation snacks? Tell us in the comments.