Healthy Snacks for a Summer Road Trip

Even if you've planned your road trip around food, you will undoubtedly get hungry between stops. On the highway, you'll see many rest stops with fast food outlets. These might seem like an easy way to stop and get a quick lunch.

But, if you pack your own food, you can keep up a healthy lifestyle even when you're on a long road trip.  By bringing planned snacks, you will be able to stay on the road, stay away from unhealthy food at rest stops, and still enjoy yourself! Check out these ideas for healthy road trip snacks.

Fruits - Fruits like grapes, apples, bananas, and cherries are tasty snacks that will fill you up and minimize a mess in the car. Make sure you wash everything before you start your drive and consider cutting up larger things like apples before heading out.

Vegetables ¬- Like the fruits, bring vegetables that you can snack on easily and that will have little clean up. Cut up carrots into sticks or bring cherry tomatoes. Both snacks are things that you can pop in your mouth while keeping your eyes on the road.

Bread and spreads - For something a bit heartier, bring a healthy dip and whole-grain bread or pitas.  White Bean, Sage, and Roasted Garlic Spread and Chickpea-Eggplant Dip are both great choices.  For a sweeter spread, mix maple syrup, honey, or cinnamon into yogurt.  Packed ahead in reusable storage containers, you will be able to portion individual dips for easy eating while keeping your eyes on the road.  (And no worries about double dipping!)

Nuts - For a quick energy boost on the long drive, grab a handful of peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, or a mix.  For portion control, pack the nuts into separate containers and pair them with a piece of fruit or a few of those carrot sticks.

Water - On a long trip of any sort, it's very important to stay hydrated. Make sure you bring a reusable water bottle that you can refill along the trip, without creating excess waste.

What do you bring on your roadtrips?

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