I know it's weird but I honestly love long car rides - including if I'm not the only one driving (hehe) but also going at it by myself and getting some good alone time to think. One of the things I most look forward to in long car rides is the SNACKS. Here are some of my favorite ones to bring as well as what I like to buy along the way.
SNACKS TO BRING:
- Turkey Jerky: Filling, easy-to-eat snack that's low in calories and high in protein. Very filling. One of my favorite kinds is Trader Joe's original turkey jerky (https://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/921)
- Square Organics Protein Bars: Square Organics chocolate coated protein bars are GOOD. They are really a treat. My favorite is Coconut in the blue pack. I like to eat 1/2 the bar at a time- they are filling!
- Baby Carrots: Sometimes you just need to munch to keep your brain awake when driving for a long time! You don't have to worry too much about baby carrots going bad- and they're so easy to find at any store. Of course if you can, bring an insulated lunch box to hold the carrots when you're not eating them.
- Hummustir: Hummustir is pretty great - you just have to mix the ingredients together (they come all packaged) whenever you're ready to eat it - so you don't have to refrigerate ahead of time! This does make a good AMOUNT of hummus- so I would suggest using this one if you're in the car with others (too tempting otherwise!). ALSO! Use code COLLEG20 (no second "E" there) for 20% off your order on Amazon!
SNACKS TO BUY:
Now of course if you're like me you'll have to stop sometimes to go to the bathroom (!) and also get some additional yummy snacks. Here's what I stick with.
- Ice cream: That's right I said it! Especially at fast food restaurants like Micky Ds, ice cream in the smallest size is pretty low in calories, delicious, and easy to find. At McDonald's I like to get the Sundae with chocolate sauce - no peanuts (I like peanuts, but they don't add enough goodness for me to eat them).
- Chicken nuggets: Another good food that's easy to find AND easy enough to eat in the car is chicken fingers/ nuggets. I of course don't love the extra breading, but they're definitely filling, and lower in starchy carbs than other fast food snack options like fries.
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