Dear Leah Renee,
My family and I take road trips every summer, but I don’t like the unhealthy food options along the way. What do you suggest? Thanks! ~Elsy, IN
Road trips are fun. You’re going on vacation, checking out new places, and enjoying either some alone time on the open road or your family and friends who are in the car with you. One thing road trips are known for are the ‘pit stops’ along the way, including bathroom breaks, stretching your legs, and attempting to find some nourishing food in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes that’s part of the fun, but for those who either have food allergies and/or want to stick to their usual healthy diet, it can be frustrating.
Planning ahead is key. Pick up a cooler (like the one below) and pack it with the healthy snacks you enjoy. The trick is choosing ones that are easy to eat in the car or on a picnic bench, and pack as many as possible that do not need to remain cold, cooler or not. That ensures you have them for a longer period of time and can take them along with you as snacks once you arrive.
While it may be slim pick-ins on the road, there is certainly not a shortage of items that can be purchased and prepared ahead of time to last you. Health food stores are jam-packed with packaged foods that contain safe ingredients and can sustain you when real, whole foods are harder to come by.
Above is an example of a few things I like to bring along with me. Below is a list of great options for you:
For the cooler:
- Sliced veggies (cucumbers, carrots, celery, bell peppers)
- Fruit (apples, plums, pears, berries)
- Organic deli meat (Applegate)
- Hard boiled eggs
- String cheese
- Guacamole (to roll in the middle of the meat)
- Green/veggie juice
Snacks, no cooler needed:
- Baby tomatoes (this is my fave–so easy and yummy, no refrigeration needed!)
- Crackers (Mary’s Gone Crackers, Crunchmaster, Corn Thins, Crispbread, Flackers)
- Bars – protein & more (Elemental, Heart Thrive, Kind, Rise, Square, Health Warrior)
- Green Superfood singles (Green Vibrance, Amazing Grass, Greens Plus (Chia))
- Nut Butter packets (Justin’s, Artisana)
- Trail Mix (make your own with a variety of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit)
- Homemade granola
- BPA free water bottles
- Roasted chickpeas
- Cookie dough bites
- Goji berries
- Tea (Yogi, Tulsa, Guayaki)
- Cinnamon (because it’s good on so many things!)
That should be enough to keep you going!
What are your favorite travel snacks?