Gas Station Snacks
Great question, because, to be honest there are not a whole lot of things sold at a gas station that don’t make me cringe. If they carry any, buy a banana. Unlike other fruit, you don’t need to wash it or touch the part you eat. Otherwise, your best bet is to go with nuts or seeds. Sunflower seeds are one of the only items in a gas station that is all natural and comes in lower salt versions. Sunflower seeds are a smart bet because even if you don’t finish the bag they will stay fresh inside their shells. You should keep a cup in your car for shells-no littering out the window! Nuts are also a good choice providing protein and fat that will tide you over. It will be difficult to find an unsalted nut in these mini aisles, but don’t buy flavored nuts which are covered in junk. A protein bar isn’t a bad idea if you are looking for more calories. Clif Bar and Promax will give you a good balance of protein, complex carbohydrates and fat for the 250-300 calories; plus a dose of vitamins.
As for drinks, I steer clear of anything in plastic. (See categories – “Plastic Bottles”). Cans usually don’t have anything healthy in them, so that leaves you with juice in glass bottles. Try to choose a 100% fruit juice and please recycle.
It is hard to eat healthy when you are on the road. If you travel often, I would recommend getting a case of TRIO bars (see categories “What’s in Dani’s Cupboards” –TRIO bars) and a case of individual size cartons of chocolate soy milks, as long as you don’t mind them being car temperature. I always have a non-perishable snack in the car (and in my purse) so that I never have to make a desperately unhealthy decision. Happy travels!