The best thing about road trips (other than blasting through every song on your meticulously crafted road trip playlist) is the road snacks you get to have along the way.
We’ll admit - it’s super easy and tempting to reach for greasy chips and candy bars. But when you’re sitting in the car for long periods of time, the last thing your body needs is something that’s hard on your digestive system. Plus, it would really put a damper on things to get to your destination and feel too sick for activities.
Instead, set yourself up for success in the long run and opt for healthy alternatives. It can be difficult to parse through what’s actually healthy vs. what brands tell you is healthy (but actually isn’t--ahem, sugary trail mix, we’re looking at you!). That’s why we made a list of super portable, super yummy and super healthy snacks that you can make yourself!
Healthy Homemade Lunchable Box
Lunchables are low-key THE BEST...but they’re not always the healthiest. Skip the extra sodium and fat, and make your own! Here are some ideas for things to include in your snack box:
- Deli meat (turkey is both low-fat and high in protein)
- Cubed cheese (we also love individually packed Laughing Cow spreadable cheese wedges)
- Saltines, pita crackers or your favorite low-calorie cracker
- Bite-size veggies, like baby carrots or celery
Need some more inspiration? Check out 11 healthy lunchables you can make yourself here.
Make-Your-Own Trail Mix
Pre-made trail mix runs the risk of coming loaded with salt and sugar. For a healthier option, make your own by mixing and matching the following components:
- Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, brazil nuts, macadamia, pistachios)
- Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, hemp)
- Choose whole grains for some added crunch, and avoid sugary granola if possible
- Need something sweet? Throw in dark chocolate chips, which are surprisingly low in calories. We also love cacao nibs, which come in at a low 25 calories per serving
Here are 21 healthy and delicious trail mix ideas to try out.
Wraps are actually an incredibly easy, portable and filling option for a road trip! Check out this awesome list of lettuce wrap recipes for some ideas. If you’re hankering for some tortillas, try low-carb tortillas like these.
Oats are perfect for keeping you full for a long time, and won’t weigh you down in the car. Make these the night beforehand to let the ingredients really soak, and bring them in a mason jar for snacking the next day! You can add your favorite ingredients, but here are some tried-and-true favorites:
- Rolled oats
- Chia seeds
- Your favorite nut butter
- Milk (for a dairy-free, lower-calorie option, go for almond or cashew milk)
- Dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- A dash of cinnamon
- Pro-tip: Need some extra protein? Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder!
Here are some more overnight oats recipes for you to try.
No time to cook? Here are some healthy items you can grab at pretty much any convenience or general grocery store:
- String Cheese
- Jerky (just watch out for the sugar content)
- Low-sodium pretzels
- Peanut butter (better if individually packed, like these Justine’s squeeze packs)
- Healthy bars (we love Larabars, Quest Bars, Oatmega, Power Crunch and RX Bars)
- Roasted seaweed snacks
- Veggies (cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, carrot sticks, jicama, cucumber, bell peppers)
- Fruits (apples, bananas, grapes, clementines)
- Hard-boiled eggs (if you don’t mind the smell!)
- Rice cakes
- Dark chocolate