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Snack packing tips for a healthy road trip


Published: 11/09/2015

by Marcus Johnson

Wherever your upcoming road trip might take you don't let unhealthy snacking keep you from enjoying all this season has to offer.

 It's a Canadian tradition – families gathering and heading out for a fun weekend away or a road trip to a new city. Vehicles are packed full with everything from comfortable clothing, to sightseeing books, group games and, of course, a camera to make sure not a moment is missed. Along with packing road trip fundamentals, it's important to make sure healthy snacks are at the top of your list – especially for those living with diabetes.

Road trips and being on-to-go can mean it is tougher to stay as healthy as you might want with your food choices. For those over the age of 55 and living with diabetes, what you consume is even more important. Diabetes means your body either cannot produce insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it produces, which can affect how you manage blood glucose levels. Glucose, which comes from various foods including starches, sugar, fruit, milk and some vegetables, is the fuel that your body needs. When preparing for your weekend adventure, your body will thank you for keeping your snacks on track.

A recent survey, the Boost 100 Calories Snack Poll, showed that almost one in three Canadians found it difficult to eat healthy snacks. The following snack planning tips can help you plan your weekend getaway while not sacrificing on taste or nutrition.

• For a nutritious and easy snack, keep fruit on hand such as apples, bananas, or pears. They are a great quick snack with no preparation needed and provide vitamins, minerals and fibre to help keep you healthy while delivering a modest calorie level.

• To quench that sweet tooth that so many of us crave, reach for a Boost 100 Calories nutrition drink. Available in chocolate and vanilla it can help satisfy your sweet cravings and is a great low-calorie portion controlled option, including for those living with diabetes.

• When you have a bit more time to prepare, pack low-fat cheese or a bean spread with whole grain crackers or a small handful of almonds. They offer a great way to incorporate a little fibre into your diet.

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