Peanut butter pretzels
Crunchy pretzels stuffed with rich peanut butter? Yes, please! These will satisfy your need for crunch and fill your tummy with protein and fat that sticks with you. Look for a single-serving to avoid overeating. (Trust me, it’s easy to do with these!) Bonus points for the unsalted variety. These are the 9 foods nutritionists never, ever order at fast food restaurants.
Skip the high fat and salt-laden potato chips and reach for a healthier snack for your next trip. (Better yet, pack your own homemade chips beforehand.) Even a registered dietitian such as myself can fall in love with the Beanitos’ snacks: They’re lower in carbs, higher in protein, and made with beans. Another tasty option is the Good Health brand of potato and tortilla chips—organic, gluten-free and non-GMO ingredients. On a recent road trip, in a small gas station, dietitian Jenna Gorham in Montana picked up Harvest Snaps, which are snap pea crisps in a variety of flavors (she especially loves the black pepper version). Can’t find those? Baked Lay’s are a good option, and they’re available in a variety of a flavors. Check out these 50 other unhealthy foods you should never buy at the supermarket again.
Individual bags of popcorn are fun to eat on the road—they’re crunchy, a bit salty, yet high in fiber. Making your own healthy popcorn ahead of time is ideal, and super simple. Brands to look for in mini-marts include The Little Kernel and Skinny Pop—both featuring healthier fats and lower amounts of sodium.