We are already in our sandals and t-shirts over here because, as you know, SUMMER IS COMING! We are itching for a laughter-filled road trip with good friends, good food, and an exciting destination.
WE FEEL LIKE WE SHOULD BE PACKING OUR BAGS AND HITTING THE ROAD BECAUSE THAT LONG-AWAITED VACATION TIME and those warm blistering sun-filled days are AT LAST around the corner.
That black tar road is seriously calling our names.
Road trips are definitely a challenge though! It’s so tempting to just stuff your face with cheetos and all of that unhealthy good stuff, let alone the temptation to stop at any of the restaurants you pass by.
That is why we decided to put together a delectable list of healthy road trip snacks, because such a thing does exist, and IT WILL HELP US ALL MAINTAIN OUR FITNESS GOALS.
Even when we’re stuffed in a car for hours at end. It’s worse enough that when you go road tripping, you’re sitting idle for hours. You have to at least keep the calories low. With that in mind, let’s hit the road.
We are nuts about nuts! GRAB SOME ALMONDS, WALNUTS, PECANS, OR SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE.Go for the unsalted or low-salt bags to save yourself from too much sodium.
Nuts are filled with fiber and antioxidants, making them a tasty, healthy treat that’s perfect for the long and winding road. WHEN YOU’RE JUST WANTING TO SNACK, GRAB SOME CHEWY NUTS.
2. QUINOA SALAD
Quinoa salad can be easy to prepare and is quite delicious! CHECK OUT THIS PINTEREST SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT QUINOA SALAD. (Click the Quinoa picture!)
QUINOA IS RICH WITH PROTEIN, ZINC, IRON, AND MORE!It will quench your cravings so you don’t have to stop at a greasy fast food joint.
3. TRAIL MIX
If you make some trail mix yourself with unsalted nuts and natural dried fruit, trail mix can be pretty healthy. Make sure to leave out the M&M’s too. FULL OF FIBER AND PROTEIN, YOU’LL BE SATISFIED.
Fruit is a FANTASTIC road trip snack. IT’S A GREAT SOLUTION FOR YOUR SWEET TOOTH AND IT’S FRESH. It’s also a great road trip snack to pair with your trail mix because it counters that salty, nutty taste.
As another bonus, fruit has natural sugars, which will help keep your energy up.
5. FRUIT-INFUSED WATER
Okay, so water isn’t exactly a road trip snack, but we had to put it on this list. It’s important to stay hydrated, even when you’re driving. FRUIT-INFUSED WATER WILL QUENCH YOUR THIRST, SATISFY YOUR TASTE BUDS, AND IT’S ZERO CALORIES! It’s the best healthy alternative to sodas and the like.
You can prepare fruit-infused water in under a few minutes. Just slice up some fresh fruit and put it in a fruit-infused water bottle and you’re good to go. It’s that easy.
6. GREEK YOGURT
You’re going to need a little cooler or lunch box for this yogurt and the above fruit, but it’s worth it. THAT SMOOTH, CREAMY TEXTURE OF YOUR HEALTHY, LOW-SUGAR GREEK YOGURT will keep you going for miles.
7. PROTEIN GRANOLA BARS
Lastly, for a quick and easy bite, bring along some granola bars. BARS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE PERFECT ROAD TRIP SNACK and will probably stay that way for a long time.
Make sure to check the nutrition details on the back of your favorite brand to make sure they’re truly healthy and full of protein. PAY ATTENTION TO THE CARB, SUGAR, AND SODIUM COUNT.
With this road trip snack list, you’re ready for a quick getaway with a bag full of delicious and healthy snacks that can sustain you for hours.
If you struggle to drive past the bright lights of a fast food restaurant,
KEEP THE FOLLOWING IN MIND:
1. You worked hard to bring healthy snacks on this exciting road trip.
2. It’s not worth it.
3. You’ll feel better and have more energy if you stick to the healthy route.
4. You’ll save some money if you just eat what you brought.
5. You can do it! Let us know below what your favorite road trip snacks are!
About the Author
Lauren Kutschke is a freelance content writer and social media manager. She loves to hike, ski and spend time with her husband and dog. Lauren has a passion for photography and is currently learning German.