Let’s say you’re in a real nasty bumper-to-bumper jam on the way to work. The traffic is at a standstill but your stomach is going wild. You start fantasizing about food — any food! — and reach down to see if that old bag of sunflower seeds is still in your console.
It’s like something out of a horror movie, right?
To keep you from making a substandard choice at a convenience store (or…you know…that evil clown corporation) here are three snacks you should keep in your car at ALL times. They’re healthy sources of stomach-filling protein that you can eat with one hand on the steering wheel.
#1: Healthy Trail Mix
Ok, sometimes it’s just easier to pick up a pre-made bag of trail mix from you local supermarket, but if you want to make sure you get the healthiest and cheapest mix of nuts and fruit, the secret is to check out your local supermarket’s bulk section. Most grocery stores these days now have raw nuts, seed, dried fruits for so much cheaper than the prepackaged kinds. You can mix raw almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seed, raisins, goji berries and even some carob nibs to create a delicious, protein-packed and antioxidant-rich concoction that will last for weeks in your car’s center console.
#2: Organic Jerky
Jerky was originally created so people could keep meat protein around for longer periods of time and for easy travel. Can you think of a better solution to keeping you satiated while on the road? If you’re not interested in making your own jerky, you can always purchase a few bags next time you’re at the market. Steve’s Paleo Goods makes a bunch of different jerkies that will last for weeks in your car. They’re also low in sugar! Kooee is new to the market, but they combine trail mix with jerky in very clever packaging that preserves the integrity of the ingredients until you open it. Try beef, turkey, salmon, chicken or bison jerky!
#3: Energy or Protein Bars
Energy or Protein Bars – We just posted a blog with our favorite paleo bars, and we think energy bars are a great addition to the emergency car snack list. For twenty bucks, you could buy enough energy bars to keep you satiated for months, and you never have to worry about refrigeration.
Just to be clear, the snacks on this list are not meant to substitute a meal. Don’t think of your bag of trail mix as dinner. It’s there to fill you up just enough to ensure you aren’t trying to take a bite out of your steering wheel (as mentioned earlier, when we’re really hungry, we tend to make poor choices in food).
What are YOUR go-to car snacks?