8 Healthy Road Trip Snacks
So, your bags are packed and you’re ready to go, but what will you eat along the way? Although it may seem easier to pick up snacks at the gas station or stop at the nearest drive-thru, it will likely not leave you feeling your best. The good news is there are plenty of quick and easy real food snacks that you can pack ahead of time without much effort at all. So, to help get you set up for road trip success, here are 8 healthy road trip snacks that the whole family is sure to love!
1. Veggies & Hummus
Veggies and dip is a classic combo, but hummus is a great high-protein upgrade to standard dip. Made with chickpeas and tahini, hummus is a well-balanced snack with carbohydrates, protein and fat, and when paired which fibrous vegetables it can help keep you full for hours to come. Although homemade hummus is really easy to make, it is also easy to find high-quality versions in grocery stores and it is available in a variety of different flavours.
2. Apple & Peanut Butter
Much like hummus, peanut butter is a source of fat and protein, which can help to balance your blood sugar and minimize cravings while on the road, and when paired with an apple it can help to satisfy sweet and salty cravings at the same time. However, if peanut butter is not your thing, feel free to opt for almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower butter or tahini instead.
3. Energy Bites
Just as the name implies, energy bites are sure to give you the boost of energy that you need to make it to your destination. Not only can they easily be made at home, like these Carrot Cake Energy Bites, but it’s easy to find healthy-store bought versions in bite or bar form. Plus, since they are packed full of fun flavours they are sure to be kid-approved.
4. Deli Roll-Ups
Essentially a sandwich without the bun, deli roll-ups are a great way to get a serving of veggies and protein without any crumbs. Simply wrap the deli meat of your choice (be sure to read the ingredients) around some lettuce and veggies, add a dollop of mustard and/or mayo, and you’ll have a healthy road trip snack that’s ready to go.
5. DIY Trail Mix
Trail mix and mixed nuts are easy to find in grocery stores and gas stations, but they often contain vegetable oils and added sugars making them less than ideal. Fortunately, making trail mix at home is simple and cheaper to create than pre-made versions. Simply combine your favourite nuts, seeds, and dried fruit of your choice for an energy-packed mix ‘n match trail mix that is sure to satisfy.
6. Yogurt & Berries
Protein, check! Fat, check! Fibre, check! Top some high-quality yogurt with your favourite summer berries and you’ve got a quick and easy road trip snack that will keep for hours to come. If you want to go the extra step, you can also add rolled oats, granola, nuts and/or seeds to create a hearty yogurt parfait, but sometimes just keeping it simples does the trick.
Nothing says road trip snacks like a salty treat and although chips might be the fan favourite, popcorn is a much healthier way to go! Pop some popcorn ahead of time and top it with butter and salt for a savoury treat, or go the extra step and create funky flavours with a mix of herbs and spices like this dill pickle popcorn recipe.
8. Cheese & Grapes
A cheeseboard to go? Don’t mind if I do! Pair your favourite type of cheese with some grapes for a well-balanced snack with carbohydrates, protein and fat. Alternatively, feel free to go the extra mile and whip together a complete charcuterie bistro box that is sure to have you craving a glass of wine by the time you reach your destination.
All of these healthy road trip snacks are packed in stainless steel containers from DALCINI Stainless. Not only are they easy to pack, but they are easy to wash, easy to store and help to elimate single-use plastics and the dangerous chemicals found in plastic containers.