It is common sense to stop and fill up the tank when we reach empty but are you stopping to eat on your road trip? Are you waiting six hours without eating? Do you rely on petrol stations or fast food for meals and snacks? Are you choosing the burgers and fries at a drive-through? It’s no fun being in the car without some healthy snacks to keep hunger in check. As great as some restaurants are trying to offer healthier options, why not buy a cool bag and stock it with your own (healthy) items – if you plan ahead you can have a healthy road trip.
8 great healthy road trip snack options
1. Stuffed dates
Take roasted almonds or walnuts and stuff them in 5-6 unpitted dates. This snack is crunchy on the inside and chewy on the outside while being loaded with fibre to help fill you up.
2. Freeze-dried fruit
You don’t have to be concerned about added sugars compared to some regular dried fruits. This is a great way to incorporate fruit without getting juice everywhere. Freeze-dried pineapple and tangerines are delicious.
3. Fruit skewers
Before leaving for your trip, chop your favourite fruits and link them on skewers to easily pack in a cool bag or container. Try strawberries, pineapple, blackberries, watermelon, and kiwi for a nice summer option.
4. Nut, seed, and coconut flake mix
Prepare containers or bags of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, pistachios, and unsweetened coconut flakes for a nice dose of fibre, vitamin E, healthy fats, and protein.
5. Sliced vegetables with hummus
Homemade hummus packs very well with sliced bell peppers, celery, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes.
They have a slight crunch, touch of sweetness and provide enough protein and fibre to keep you satisfied.
7. Beetroot crunch rolls
This is a fun one. Prepare rice paper as directed, then add 1 tbs pumpkin seeds, shredded carrots, 3-4 tbs of grated beetroot, and 3-4 tangerine or clementine slices to the centre and roll until everything is compact. This is a little more filling, but great if you don’t want to stop for a longer period of time.
8. Pre-prepared items from your fridge
There is nothing stopping you from packing a cool bag with perishable items from the fridge – berries, yoghurt, cottage cheese, leftover vegetables, and more.
Before you head out the door on your healthy road trip make sure you bring a water bottle. Plan ahead, be confident and healthy driving!
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