Whether you’re driving cross-country from Maine to California or just taking a two-hour drive to your in-laws’ condo, you may find yourself facing a classic healthy-eating quandary: selecting food from a gas station mini-mart. Before you deem everything there to be unhealthy, resolving to eat three candy bars and a corn dog (which has probably been spinning ever so slowly on that weird heating device for a decade) in defiance, we urge you to consider sifting through the rubbish and finding the healthiest options gas stations have to offer.
We’d be lying if we told you that you could find contemporary health staples like live-caught fish individually inspected for mercury or heaping piles of superfoods like arugula and asparagus in your average mini-mart. You won’t find sustainable, organic, cage-free, locally sourced foods at these stores, but you’ll be able to get some decent, convenient nutrition when in a pinch.
Sit back, strap in, and put on some good tunes (and those sunglasses you only wear while driving), because we’re going on a wildly healthy ride.