Your bags are packed, the car is loaded and you’re about to embark on a summer road trip! Summer travel doesn’t have to stand in the way of healthy eating. Simply plan ahead and pack sensible snacks and beverages to help you steer clear of the high-calorie convenience store and fast foods you’ll encounter along the way.
Fill Your Tank
If you set out on your journey before sunrise, it may be tempting to skip breakfast. Hit the road running with a balanced morning meal that combines protein and fiber for staying power. Sticking to your normal meal routine also keeps your energy level up and your calorie intake in check. New Emerald® Breakfast on the go™ Nut and Granola Mix is a conveniently packaged blend of roasted peanuts, granola, yogurt-covered raisins, glazed walnuts and dried fruit. Each 1.5-ounce serving supplies three grams of fiber and four grams of protein. Eat it straight from the pouch or sprinkle it over non-fat yogurt or cottage cheese.
Nature’s Fast Food
Don’t forget to pack nature’s fast food on your summer road trip. Prepare melon cubes, carrot sticks or apple slices or washed and ready-to-eat whole fruits like seasonal Moonlight Nectarines, Peaches and Plums. Summer is the season of the stone fruit, so savor the lusciously sweet flavor at its peak. Nectarines, peaches and plums all supply good source of vitamin C and two grams of fiber. Eating a colorful variety of produce is a simple way to boost your intake of health-protective vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Pack whole pieces of fruit in a cooler or a plastic storage container to prevent bruising.
Adequate fluid intake helps you stay alert and focused for safe travel. Pack your cooler with a variety of thirst-quenchers to keep the entire carload happy and hydrated. Bottled water, cartons of low-fat milk and 100 percent juices are all sensible choices. Now the V8 V-Fusion® your family loves comes in portable eight-ounce cans and supplies a full serving of fruits and vegetables in every serving. This unique beverage is made from 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices from sweet potatoes, purple carrots, bananas, strawberries and tomatoes for a pleasing sweet taste and texture.
Pack some Laughs
Go ahead and pack some laughter and fun for the car ride! The Laughing Cow® Mini Babybel® is the perfect pre-portioned snack to take along on your summer adventures. Each mini cheese wheel is easy to peel open and supplies a good source of calcium with just 70 calories or less. They come in great-tasting varieties like Original, Bonbel and Light Swiss. If creamy and dreamy cheese is what you crave, try The Laughing Cow® Wedge. Made from a blend of cheese and a touch of cream, these Light spreadable cheese wedges, in Garlic and Herb, Blue Cheese and Queso Fresco & Chipotle flavors, jazz up whole-grain crackers, apple slices or sandwiches with just 35 calories each.
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