Whether you're driving on a family road trip or headed to work, eventually either your fuel gauge or your belly will tell you it’s empty. Before you know it, you're inside a gas station reaching for a candy bar, a bag of chips and a 32-ounce slushie.
Fox 9 fitness expert Ali Holman from CoreCamper.com is here to show us her top picks for healthy gas station munching.
To find out more about Ali's online workouts and meal plans, visit www.CoreCamper.com.
Seeds – Most gas stations sell sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, which make for a high-fiber, nutritious snack when portions are kept in proportion. Proper Portion: 1/4-1/2 cup.
Nuts – Look for cans of peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews or macadamias to nibble on. If possible, choose a low-sodium variety in a small handful. Proper Portion: 1/4-1/2 cup.
Cereal – Single serving boxes of whole grain cereals, such as Cheerios®, Chex® or Wheaties®, make a great crunchy snack.
Dairy – Look around the dairy section for cartons of milk, cheese sticks, low fat cottage cheese, or single serving containers of yogurt, such as Yoplait® Greek.
Fruit – Some gas stations may carry a limited variety of fresh fruit, such as apples or bananas.
Bars – For a more nutritious alternative to candy bars, check out the nutritional bar aisle and shoot for a bar that contains under 10g of sugar per 200 calories.
Jerky – Beef/turkey/venison jerky is a relatively lower-calorie, higher-protein snack option and is very filling. Just watch portion sizes.
Milk – Half-pint cartons of low fat milk are a good way to quench your thirst and increase your calcium and Vitamin D intake
Water – Need we say more? Drink as much water as you wish! 64 oz recommended/day!