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Packing for a Road Trip

It’s that time of year again – vacation time….woohoo! Many people hit the roads traveling cross country. If you are like most people, you stop at a fast food joint or convenience store for a quick meal along the way. However, these foods can be really unhealthy for us and can also take a nice chunk out of our pocket book! With just a little bit of planning, you and your family can eat healthy meals on the go and save money. How do you do this? Here are a few tips that may seem obvious, but when you actually get packing are really helpful.

The following items are foods that can be mixed and matched to create complete meals or snacks. Of course this is not a complete list, so feel free to add other foods to your own list!

First, the items inside the cooler:


Yogurt (plain)

Cottage cheese (fat free)

Lunch meat (best to use meat you cooked, like chicken, and then cut or shred for sandwiches)

Light mayo



Raw broccoli


Light dressing

Next, the items outside the cooler:

Whole grain bread

Peanut butter

Nuts and seeds (unsalted)




Bottled water

And don’t forget those utensils and items needed for eating meals/snacks such as:







If you didn’t pack enough food or don’t have time to pack food, here are a few tips when purchasing food from a convenience store. Select:

Mixed fruit packages

Raw vegetable packages

Raw vegetable and fruit mix packages

Hummus with vegetables

Unsalted nuts and seeds

Sandwiches – for example made with turkey on whole grain bread or tuna on whole grain

Bottled water

*Remember to check the Nutrition Facts Panel and watch out for foods high in sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars.

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