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Must-Have Munchies For Your Next Summer Road Trip

Admit it — one of your favorite parts of a road trip is the anticipation of all of the snacks you are going to consume. Because calories just don’t count on the open road. But inhaling a bunch of junk that you purchased at your local gas station or fast food joint can leave you feeling so blah once you arrive at your destination. To adequately prepare you for your next summer road trip, we’ve compiled a list of better-for-you snacks that will satisfy you and properly fuel you for the road ahead.

 

CORE Hydration

To help stave off that inevitable headache that comes along with staring at the open road for too many hours, hydration is key. Available at most gas stations and convenience stores, CORE Hydration offers perfectly ph-balanced water that will keep you hydrated until you reach your final destination.

 

 

 

 

 Simply 7 Snacks

It’s not a road trip without some salty chips to crunch on, but you may be hesitant to chow down on a bag of potato snacks with a plethora of preservatives and trans fat. Simply 7 offers better-for-you (but equally addicting) chips and snacks that follow 7 standards: Non-GMO, no preservatives, 0g trans fat, no artificial colors or flavors, gluten-free, simple ingredients and delicious flavors like Salt & Vinegar Quinoa Chips, Jalapeno Lentil Chips or Mesquite BBQ Quinoa Curls.

 

 

 EPIC Snack Strips

There’s something about a road trip that just makes jerky taste infinitely better. EPIC Provisions, best known for its EPIC Bar (the original meat, fruit, and nut bar), offers four Snack Strips to address your craving for this beloved meat snack. EPIC’s snack sticks are created using high-quality animal protein, clean seasonings, and simple dehydration. The end product is a tender and flavorful snack that you can enjoy in flavors like Wagyu Beef, Salmon Fillet, Turkey and Venison Steak

 

 

 GoMacro

If you don’t want to waste time (or calories) hitting drive-thru after drive-thru, grab some GoMacro bars to have on hand. GoMacro is a family-owned, vegan nutrition bar company whose mission is to make wholesome, healthy snacks that are certified organic, Kosher, vegan, Non-GMO, C.L.E.A.N and R.A.W. Keep an eye out for the three newest flavors: Blueberry + Cashew Butter, Dark Chocolate + Almond and Mocha Chocolate Chip.

 

 

 TCHO

No road trip list is complete without something sweet. Known for great flavor and high-quality chocolate, TCHO offers creative flavors that every road tripper can get behind including Strawberry Cream + Nib, Banana Nut, Cinnamon Spice, Mint Chip Gelato and Coconut Crisp. Want to feel even less guilty about this sweet treat? TCHO always treats growers fairly and sources ethically (because it’s the right thing to do).  

 

 

We would love to hear what some of your favorite road trip snacks are. Let us know in a comment below!

We’d Like To Thank The Academy..

Time to spill the beans! We are thrilled to announce that Covet PR has been awarded PR Couture’s 2018 Bespoke Communication Award for Startup Agency of the Year! Entries were evaluated on the level of mastery of tools, platforms, strategies, and tactics as well as industry best practices and results.

 

The Startup Agency of the Year award is given to the company that stands out and steps up among their peers through superior leadership, positive work environments, and exceptional work. We had an incredible year and thanks to the hard-working employees here at Covet and are so honored to have won this esteemed award.

 

To put our best foot forward for the award, we focused on our mission and values, our knockout campaigns, and our incredible company culture.

 

Our mission and values embody everything that we covet including our Cardinal Rules that include;

  • Check all egos at the door.
  • If something isn’t working for a client, dig deep, analyze the why and pivot accordingly.
  • We communicate authentically and professionally with our clients and with each other

 

Employee and client testimonials shined through in our submission along with the hard work and dedication of our employees through the campaigns presented. The campaigns that were showcased included some of our best work from clients such as Kopari, Suja, and Chameleon Cold-Brew.

 

Covet PR’s company culture is something that is incredibly important to us. Showcasing our immense number of perks and benefits such as work-from-home days, Lunch & Learns, and 401k match program was a great way to be in contention for this amazing accolade.

 

We are thrilled to be able to celebrate this win with our friends, families, and colleagues and look forward to continue making our mark in the public relations industry!

Weighing in on Employee Wellness

We have all heard the business buzzword “work/life balance” and wondered where that magical place exists. Is it at the end of rainbow? Do you teleport there? With the increasingly competitive job market, there lies an exceeding pressure to give 110% all the time, resulting in a big imbalance of these two poles. Far too often we are – as a culture – guilty of neglecting our health in pursuit of the next deadline, or that big report. We have begun to get caught in the hamster wheel of the overachieving adage, who has time for life when there is so much work to be done?

Work/life balance is like regularly scheduled car maintenance. Sure we can skip a couple routine checks when we are pressed for time and/or money…until that fateful morning when your car suddenly sputters to a stop on your way to work and some neon doodle starts blinking like crazy on your dashboard. Only then, when it is too late and costly to undo the damage of neglecting our cars’ health maintenance, do we realize the importance of proactive measures for our valiant steeds.

In a day and age where time is money, how can we encourage employees to slow down their day-to-day responsibilities to make sure they are taking care of themselves? Think outside the box. It is time to get creative with our policies and procedures and go above and beyond what once passed as acceptable.

The only way to attract new talent – and keep those we already have happy – is to spice things up. The Huffington Post put it best in a recent article on Why Ignoring Employee Wellness is a Mistake: “Success in this new world will depend on an employer’s ability to maintain older, experienced workers, keep healthcare costs down, and satisfy the ideals of the incoming generations.”

It is time to view employee wellness as a necessity, not a luxury. Behind us are the days where gym memberships, healthy office snacks and team retreats are deemed irrelevant. Now, more than ever, we are seeing employers offering programs and initiatives that address employees’ total well being (Stephen Miller, SHRM, 2016). Investing in efforts to keep your staff happy and healthy shows in the numbers, increasing employee performance, productivity and profits. In a recent study conducted by University of Warwick economists, productivity spiked by 12% in happy employees, while dropping 10% in those who claimed to be unhappy (Ravesencio, Fast Company, 2015). Research also shows that when team members are happy at work, they are better collaborators, more willing and energized to work toward common goals, and develop more creative ideas. (Zwilling, Forbes, 2014)

So treat your staff to a pass for a free spin class. Order smoothies for your team to kick off a brainstorming session. If you have noticed someone logging a ton of extra hours, offer them a mid-week comp day to recharge their batteries so they don’t burn out when you need them most. Or on the most basic level, take a little time each week to give an employee or colleague some praise for something they did a great job on. All of these are examples of newer practices that make up great company culture, and will undoubtedly attract the right people to your team to help take your business to new heights.