You’ve filled your suitcase, downloaded your favorite murder podcasts, and packed your jumbo inflatable flamingo float — you know, the necessities. The only thing left is the food. Our super handy list of healthy road trip snacks can make your job a little easier. Here are some of our favorite on-the-go healthy foods no matter where you’re road tripping.
1. Trail Mix & Nuts
When you put together a playlist, you know just how important it is to get the right mix. The same goes for your trail mix. Look for mixes without a bunch of fillers (like dried peas, cereals, candies, yogurt-covered raisins), and instead stick to fruit-, seed-, and nut-based options. Even better? Get a big bag of mixed nuts from Trader Joe’s, and throw in a handful of Crispy Green’s banana, mango, or pineapple chips for a hint of no-sugar-added sweetness.
2. Jerky/Meat Bars
3. Fresh Fruit & Veggies
Yes, you can bring fresh, wholesome foods on a trip with minimal effort. Fill mason jars, snack containers, or bags with baby carrots, celery sticks, sliced apples, grapes, and bananas. For longer distances, stash your fresh fruits and vegetables in a cooler. Keep individual nut butter packs, like the RX Nut Butter or Thrive Market’s crunchy pb pouches, on hand to eat with your fruit and healthy dips and hummus to up the delicious factor of your veggies.
When we’re starting to feel “hangry,” cheese always seems like a good idea. Choose from softer cheeses, like the BelGioioso mozzarella and fontina snacking cheese portions, or throw some string cheese sticks into your ice chest. While less soft options like gruyere don’t always require refrigeration, just be sure that whatever cheese you choose isn’t left in the hot car. You’ll thank us for that tip later.
Think low-carb options and keto snacks to satisfy those salty, crunchy cravings. We love homemade kale chips roasted in the oven with a little sea salt and sesame oil. For store-bought options, choose seaweed chips like gimMe Roasted Seaweed Snacks or mushroom chips (they’re delicious, we promise!). For keto food on the go, cheese crisps like Whisps make the perfect convenient snack.
Hydration is pretty important (except when you’re miles away from a rest stop and need to go ASAP), but skip the plastic water bottles and opt for an insulated stainless steel Kleen Kanteen that actually keeps your water cold and your ice icy. If you’re bored with plain old water, mix it up from time to time with a fruity sparkling water like La Croix or bubly.
Make better choices
When you stop at that gas station or rest area, skip the Twix and the Spree, and go for whole foods (that won’t make you feel crappy after you eat them) like apples, bananas, or oranges. Also look for keto snacks like almonds, string cheese, or pork rinds made with healthy oils.
Chill with a cooler
Bring a cooler and replenish with ice along the way so you keep more food varieties in the car. Store your water, cheese, fruits, and dips inside.
Grab a snack every few hours to keep the hunger — and the boredom — at bay; that’ll give your body a constant stream of energy, too.
We too understand the allure of gas station Combos and a candy bar for the road. Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to blow your diet. Simply pack your snacks ahead of time, gas up your car, fire up your podcast, and be on your way. Adventure awaits!