7 Secrets to Eating Healthy on the Road

Avoid the nutritional landmines of airports and roadside stops with a little planning and even more patience.

By Emily Main


Energy Bars: the perfect travel foodEnergy Bars

Why they’re good for traveling: Chewy fruit-filled energy or protein bars are great for an on-the-go breakfast during early morning flights, or for a portable snack.

Eat this: The problem is that most “energy” bars on the market are nothing more than glorified candy bars, glued together with sugar and lacking in any real nutritional value. But they’re not all bad. We like Equal Exchange Apricot Geobars ($5/6 bars), which have just 12 grams of sugar (compared to 23 grams in other popular brands) and just 120 calories per bar. You’ll get slow-burning fuel from the fiber in the oats and rice and from the vitamin C in apricots and raisins.

Or that: If you can’t find a low-sugar energy bar, grab a handful of peppermints. Studies have shown they’re as stimulating as caffeine and you won’t wind up crashing later in the day.