IF YOU’RE LIKE ME, YOU may be feeling a bit of wanderlust after months of staying at or close to home during the pandemic.
Road trips and road trip snacks are symbols of travel. The kids need something to look forward to at different points in the trip. The adults need to stay awake, energized, and have options that let them keep eyes on the road. I’ve collected some great recipes and store-bought options that are sure to keep everyone in the car happy. (some links affiliate)
Chocolate and peanut butter apples and brie, cheese and crackers. Do you know another pair you’re subconsciously obsessed with? Snacking and boredom. It’s common knowledge when we’re bored, we find the closest snack and binge, and that tends to happen when you’re on a road trip.
Somehow our stomachs seem to get hungrier during a long car ride and there’s nothing worse than the small space getting stunk up by hard-boiled eggs or the feelings of indulging in too many wasted calories going after pretzels and gummies.
We knew there had to be a way to pack your car full of healthy road trip alternatives, filled with protein, fiber, respected ingredients, and limited trash.
Forget the protein bars at the gas station and the sugar-coated fruit. Take a peek at these options, most readily available online that way you can map out your snacks, the same way you do with your upcoming trip.
You’ll avoid unwanted calories. You’ll avoid greasy highway stops. And you’ll be happier with yourself when you get to the final destination, still feeling bikini ready.
1.Fruit With Nut Butter
Fresh fruit is not only highly nutritious but also easily portable.
During road trips, munching on hydrating, high fiber food like fruit may keep your bowel movements regular and help prevent constipation caused by inactivity.
Apples, strawberries, and bananas are great paired with high protein nut butter like almond or peanut butter for a filling snack.
Many types of fruit travel well: Think apples, pears and bananas. They are great on their own, providing vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. To make your fruit snack more filling, add creamy nut butter. A squeezable pack of almond butter – perfect for travel – provides 6 grams of hunger-quashing protein and 3 grams of fiber.
2.No-Bake Energy Bites
Energy bites, also called energy balls, are bite-sized morsels made from healthy ingredients like nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Though small, they pack a punch of nutrition and calories.
If you’re just doing a short trip and want a quick pick-me-up, pack some no-bake energy bites. There are many different recipes online, but my favourites always include a mix of oats, almond or peanut butter, coconut flakes, flax and chia seeds. (Of course, you can add a chocolate peanut butter too).
You can easily make them at home and pack them in a cooler to take on the road. Check out this recipe Peanut Butter Chocolate Barfi that includes dates, nuts, cocoa powder, and almond butter.
Trail mix is a go-to snack for road trips — and good reason. It doesn’t require refrigeration, is easy to eat, and provides ample protein, healthy fats, and fiber to fuel you on those extra-long road trips.
What’s more, You can make your own at home.
Start with raw or roasted nuts and seeds, then add your favourite unsweetened dried fruits. Toss in unsweetened dried coconut, cacao nibs, dark chocolate chips, or spices for extra flavour and crunch.
Note: Even without added candy, trail mix is high in calories and best meant for — you guessed it — the trail. Keep this in mind if you are sitting for hours on end.
That said, trail mix also works as a meal replacement when other food choices are limited.
Tip: Pairing trail mix with lower-calorie fresh fruits or vegetables is one way to balance its calorie density.
Chickpeas are highly nutritious, providing protein, fiber, magnesium, folate, and zinc.
While taking a can of chickpeas on the road is doable but a little more cumbersome, dried chickpeas are portable and easy to eat while driving or navigating.
Alternatively, you can purchase dried chickpeas in various flavours at your local health food store, as well as online.
5.Fresh Veggies and Nutritious Dip
If you bring cooler, fresh vegetables like celery, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, and peppers make scrumptious, low-calorie road trip snacks.
Eating veggies can not only satisfy your crunch cravings but also reduce your risk of various illnesses, including obesity, certain cancers, and mental decline.
To boost the protein content and flavour of this snack option, pair fresh vegetables with nutrient-dense dips like hummus or Greek yoghurt dip.
6.PB Sandwich (Skip The J)
Though we love jelly, it usually doesn’t offer up anything but loads of added sugar.
Instead, grab for quality peanut butter (be sure to check your ingredients and say “no” to peanut butter with sugar added to it) for a healthy dose of protein and fat check out my favourite Natural Peanut Butter.
Slather that peanut butter on some whole wheat bread, and you’ve covered your complex carbs, your protein, and your fat.
If you’re feeling extra hungry, grab a banana, slice it up, and throw it in between the bread and have yourself a PB&B.
And Don’t Forget
Whether you’re travelling cross-state or just across town, consider keeping a bag with non-perishable, on-the-go snacks in the car to minimize your stops and unnecessary exposure, as well as ensure healthier options than the convenience store, rest stop or gas station may offer. Individual portions of hard boiled eggs, mixed nuts and dried fruit like prunes and raisins are good choices.
No matter the distance of your trip, keep hand sanitizer and wipes handy in the car. And make sure to use them before eating. If the trip is longer, use a small, insulated container or cooler to keep your items cool and fresh.
By Priyanshi Bhatnagar