Healthy Road Trip Snacks
It’s Road Trip Season!
We have been on a few small trips this summer, and are planning a few more. And Ryan and I flew to Hawaii at the beginning of June. With all this traveling it’s so hard to stay healthy during the summer. Especially while on the road. Gas stations in the middle of 95 just don’t have a lot of healthy options. It’s up to you to pack healthy road trip snacks so your family isn’t eating bags of chips and Snickers bars for miles and miles.
I [heart] Lists
If you’ve been around Domestic360 for a little while or know me at all, you will know I am a List Person. I love me some lists. At the moment I have at least five different shopping and to do lists on my fridge, and that doesn’t include my other lists for blogging, crafting, sewing, long term, etc… I’m a list maker.
I have a ton of list posts on D360, (donuts, salads, whole30.) And I love lists like this healthy road trip snacks list. I like to have a full list of ideas so I can have everything in one place for easy access. I also have some basic tips and tricks to keep everything fresh and tasting good, and for keeping those kids happy.
Bring a Cooler
Make sure you have a cooler! You can fill that cooler with ice and healthy snacks and then when you stop somewhere you can pour out the melted ice and just put in more from the gas station fountain drinks dispenser. That way you can bring veggies and other things that need to stay cool.
I’m a huge fan of reusable packaging, going green, and saving money. But when it comes to road trips I’m all about toss-able packaging. I just don’t want to have to keep tabs on our fabric lunch bags, or silicone squeeze pouches. Just go with the pre-packaged granola bars, or if you make your own put them in a zip-lock bag.
Kid’s Snack Packs
I saw this idea on Pinterest a while ago and I LOVE it! I know it’s plastic, so if you are opposed to plastic and food, just skip this part, but I really love how easy it is for the kids. All you do is get a craft box with a bunch of individual sections, then fill up those sections with lots of different snacks. The kids can then pick what they want from their boxes and you don’t have to keep up with offering them a verity of snacks. You will still have to offer them fresh fruit and veggies, but these are great for snacking.
Make It or Buy It – Read the Labels
I have a few items in the “Homemade” section of this healthy road trip snacks list, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make more of the items on the list. If you can’t find good options in the store, just make it yourself. So many of the store-bought snacks are full of processed junk, sugar, and weird ingredients. Plus buying these things at the store can seriously put a dent in the budget. It’s much cheaper to make your own. I’ve included a link for recipes so you can make your own if you want to. Make good choices so your body will thank you and you can enjoy your trip even more!
Healthy Road Trip Snacks
- Squeezes (applesauce, or other fancy flavors)
- Nut butter pouches
- Whole grain fig bars (make your own)
- Whole grain Graham crackers (make your own)
- Trail mix (make your own)
- Roasted chick peas (make your own)
- Beef jerky (read the labels, or make your own)
- Chocolate or cocoa nibs (the darker the better)
- Small candy (for bribing – common, you know you’ll need it!)
- Dried fruit (read the labels, or make your own)
- Fruit snacks/leather (read the labels, or make your own)
- Whole grain granola bars (read the labels, or make your own)
- Other bars such as: Kind Bars, Lara Bars, Cliff Bars, etc…
- Gum/mints (get the kind with natural sweeteners)
- Whole grain pretzels/crackers (read the labels, or make your own)
- Veggie/plantain chips
- Creamies/freeze-dried yogurt drops
- Freeze-dried fruit
- Tiny boxes of whole grain cereal (or just put some in a zip-lock baggy)
In the Cooler
- Yogurt squeezes
- Carrots/celery/radishes/sugar snap peas/broccoli and cauliflower florets
- Individual packets of guacamole or hummus
- Grapes/blueberries/cherries/pretty much any berry
- String cheese/baby bell cheese/cheese cubes
- Juice boxes/tea/coconut water/iced coffee (no sugar added, drink sparingly)
- Water (and lots of it!)
- Hard boiled eggs
- Clean lunch meats (read the labels)
- Almond milk (bring a blender bottle and your Shakeology and you will always have your healthiest meal of the day on hand!)
- La Croix
- Lemon and lime juice for adding flavor to water
Paleo Travel Snacks – Against All Grain
Packing Grain-Free Snacks – Against All Grain
Traveling While Paleo – NomNom Paleo
How to Eat Healthy While Traveling – Coconuts and Kettlebells
17+ Paleo Snack Ideas – Mary Vance
15 Healthy Road Trip Snack Ideas – Natasha’s Kitchen
44 Healthy Road Trip Snack Ideas – Back to Her Roots
Traveling with Babies – Weelicious
Better Fast Food Choices – Weelicious
Favorite Healthy Road Trip Snacks – Physical Kitchness