Friday, January 15, 2016

Hunger Games - Playing at a Freeway Rest Stop Near You

I guess there's times you're driving down the freeway, stomach empty and rumbling and you think. "Dang, a giant prepackaged lukewarm dill pickle with Ding Dongs would hit the spot right about now."

With a 500+  mile weekly commute for four years after I met and married my husband and awaited a transfer to a field office near home, I got a LOT of experience with road hunger.

I would suggest for road trips.

A bag of cut up raw veggies or fruit. (Celery with almond butter is easy to snarf when you are driving)
Roasted almonds with a bit of granola and a container of non dairy or yogurt of choice (do NOT eat while driving).
A protein shake in a thermos.
High protein/low sugar nutrition bar.
Turkey Jerky (if you are a meat eater try Perky Jerky - incredibly tasty and my husband loves it).
My favorite "gorp".  Lots of roasted non salted almonds, flaked dried coconut, dried cranberries and just a few mini dark chocolate chips.
A Sandwich with Cashew or Almond  Butter with Low Sugar Raspberry Preserves on Dave's Killer Bread.
Water - not soda.  Caffeine just makes you hit more rest stops and you don't need the sweeteners, natural OR artificial.

If it's going to be tossed out of a window at you because you are hungry you better be a seagull.


  1. Hari OM
    It's a funny thing, but when driving, I just never think of food/nibbles.... other than proper sit-down, proper rest-stop kinda stuff. Train travel requires the packing of a picnic though - and these are great ideas!
    Eyes-on... YAM xx

  2. This might be a timely post with a big road trip coming up this summer for some of us! Thanks for the tips!


  3. I carry snacks like that with me everywhere. I have one of those machines in our break room and it is so hard to ignore but I do!!!


  4. I use to travel a lot more for work too and always found the rest stops so tempting. Fortunately, I gave up gluten so that made it a little easier. Even now, I have a long commute to work and I pack "car snacks", often nuts as I work in a nut free office and raw veggies.


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