Like so many over the Thanksgiving weekend, I took a quick, 200-mile road-trip to visit my family. There was a time when I used to do the Boston-to-New York drive in about three hours but those days are gone. I’m older and somewhat more responsible now, there is ton more traffic and construction, and so it is now a four-hour drive, if we’re lucky.
Being human, I like having coffee, water, and snacks on the road. But many such snacks, ones that aren’t fruits or veggies, are usually full of carbohydrates and/or sugar – things are I really try to eliminate from my diet. What I will probably never eliminate from my diet is meat. But meat isn’t always easy to eat while driving. Or is it?
Beef jerky. The right kind is low in sugars/carbs, is easy to eat while driving, and is damn delicious. The good folks from Old Trapper send me samples of their Teriyaki and Hot & Spicy beef jerky in anticipation of road trip and it was delicious, if slightly chewy. I liked the fact that it had ingredients that I could actually pronounce, although salt levels are a bit high. It wasn’t filling but didn’t leave me starving, which is what a snack is supposed to do, and it was relatively clean to eat.
If there’s a downside is that jerky aroma filled the car, which may have some passengers complaining. But who cares, the driver gets what she/he wants – those are the rules. The Hot & Spicy wasn’t as good of a choice as the Teriyaki because it made me thirstier. The Teriyaki seemed more of a flavor than a dressing/sauce one would get on a chicken in a meal, but was still damn good. Both flavors left me craving for more but I think I’d like the Old Fashioned best.
Today we ask – what other good road snacks are there? I’m looking for something similar to the above: easy to eat, relatively healthy, and not needing refrigeration.
Bonus question: Jeff and I both like to eat. Crazy, right? For ages we’ve been talking about starting Foodiverse, or just writing more about food here. Any interest in that?