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The kids are out of school, summer is approaching and that means family vacations and road
trips! My family recently took a twelve-hour road trip to the Midwest and I’d
love to share my tips for eating healthy on the road. Everyone has been there,
set out for a long drive, possibly with kids in tow, and nothing to munch on
but some salty pretzels and maybe a power bar; the thought of pulling over for
some fast food hits you at every billboard.
It’s not that packing healthy food is that difficult, it’s just
the last thing on your mind when you’ve got to make sure you haven’t forgotten
any important luggage or special vacation equipment. I know our vehicles are
usually filled to the brim with suitcases, kid’s toys, car seats, strollers,
etc. Food bags take up a lot of room! However, don’t let your healthy habits
escape you at the beginning of your trip or it will only set you off on the
wrong foot for the rest of your vacation.
Plan to make room for a small cooler and a few food bags.
The good news is that once you get there, the food will likely be gone so it
won’t take up space the entire trip! Hearty snacks can keep you satisfied
throughout the trip and we all love to snack, especially when we are bored in
the car and looking to pass the time. Snacking also can benefit the driver
since a big heavy meal would only cause him to become drowsy. Little bits of
food throughout the day will help keep everyone alert and occupied. Hopefully it
will prevent you from going through the drive-through too. Just make sure the
food is healthy!
These snacks can be easily prepared before you hit the road
so you’ll be saving not just your health, but time and money too!
& Raw Veggies
Low calorie, high crunch, this
snack is perfect for staying awake and much healthier than chips & dips.
These energy bars have no
preservatives, no added sugar or sodium and contain the simplest of
ingredients- mostly unsweetened fruit and nuts. They offer tasty flavors such
as apple pie, banana bread, cinnamon roll, key lime pie. Something for
Spending 5 minutes to throw
together some berries, grapes, cut peaches, apples (whatever is in season) is
so worth it. If you don’t have anything else healthy to eat, at least you’ll
They come in more of a variety
than just string cheese. You can find cheddar, a mix of mozzarella and cheddar,
low fat cheese, etc. Perfect to eat while driving and they are prepackaged and
ready to go!
Nuts are easy to munch on, good
for you and satisfying due to their high protein and fat content. Go with the
raw nuts and you’ll save yourself from any added sodium.
Obviously great for a meal, but
also for a substantial snack- pack some peanut or almond butter sandwiches or
ham or turkey with hummus and cheese on whole grain bread. I like cutting mine
into four squares so that you can have a smaller potion if needed.
A great portable source of protein
and they come packaged! You can boil them the week before your trip so that
Pop some up the night before- this
high fiber, whole grain snack is low in calories and will please the whole
This high-energy snack can pack a
lot of calories and sugar. It’s best to make it homemade where you can control
the sugar and bump up the dried fruit and grains. You can snack on it dry or
add milk in the morning for a quick breakfast. Check out this easy granola
Not just beef anymore, you can get
turkey, buffalo even salmon jerky (from specialty markets). High protein this
will help keep you satisfied and give you something to chew on.
Pack smart, portable food for your
healthy road trip snacks and drive safe!
This is so helpful! We have a three-day road trip planned (both ways!) and the thought of 6 days of fast food turns my stomach. Thanks for reminding me of the possibilities. And like you said, throwing a few options into the cooler will take a little extra time, but it will be so worth it! I feel better already.
Wow- a 3 day road trip! Sounds like you'll cover lots of ground. Glad this is helpful. Have a great trip!
This is so helpful! I always feel so good about packing our own snacks when traveling. It saves money and is SO much better. I don't trust myself going into the 7-11 to buy snacks...I'm a chip addict and its hard to resist a big bag of pita chips in the car (they may seem "healthy" but not a whole bag!)
This is a great reminder and great ideas!