Don’t run on empty on your next road trip! So many of the fast food restaurants and mini marts that you will pass on your next highway adventure are loaded with fat, preservatives, sodium, hydrogenated oils, etc. etc. etc. Why not plan ahead and pack some healthy munchies that won’t cause extra pit stops and will keep your hungry side at bay!
Since I’m heading to Savannah today (my own mini road trip) to meet up with a few of the girls from my old Freshman hall, here are some of my favorite munchies for car trip travel.
Homemade Mixed Nut Trail Mix
Throw some of your favorite nuts (pecans, pistachios, peanuts, walnuts, or almonds) into a portion sized ziplock bag with dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, or apricots) and a sprinkle of sweet (chocolate chips or chocolate covered raisins). Whatever’s in your pantry can be turned into a healthful, flavorful trail mix!
Low calorie and easy to munch on while driving. You can jazz it up with spices, parmesan cheese, olive oil, cracked black pepper, salt, or coconut flakes. Boom Chicka Pop also makes some tasty popcorns in flavors like salt and vinegar, salted caramel, and kettle corn that are in a word, addicting.
I keep these in my car and purse for those unexpected hangry emergencies. Made with all natural ingredients, just some fruits, nuts, and spices, these bars are the best! With lots of flavors including apple pie, cherry pie, and carrot cake, you will never run out of choices.
Celery & Peanut/Almond Butter
Topped with Raisins (ants on a log), almonds, chocolate chips, or raisins, this snack is an oldie but goodie!
Apples or Bananas
Trader Joe’s has a variety of “baby” cheeses, including these Mini Brie Bites and Goat Cheese Bites. Not only are they compact and portion sized, they are also pre-packaged so all you have to do is throw it in a lunchbox with an ice pack and you are ready to hit the open road. Babybel Light cheese is also a great option with only 50 calories per wheel, and 50% less fat than regular Babybel brand cheese.
Things to AVOID:
- Sugary Drinks: Sodas, Blended Coffee Drinks, Milkshakes
- Processed, Packaged Chips: Cheetos, Fritos, Funyuns
- Candy: Gummi Bears, M&Ms, Snickers Bars
These are packed with additives, preservatives, and fake sugars that will give you a spike in your blood sugar followed by a severe dip. Look for foods that will provide you with lasting energy that releases over time. Fresh, unprocessed foods like fruits, veggies, and nuts are wholesome options to fight your road trip hunger.
- Portion-size EVERYTHING
- Pre-cut your Fruit and Veggies for Easy Access
- Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!
Safe travels everyone! And be sure to check out my Roadtrippin’ playlist on Spotify for fun tunes to kickstart your upcoming road trip