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Road Trip Snacking: How to Keep It Healthy

“Road trip!” It’s so exciting, it has its own battle cry. You may associate it with piling in the car with some of your favorite people, turning on some upbeat music and pigging out on the junkiest food you can find. Only problem with that is by the time you reach your destination, your energy has crashed, your belly is bloated and you feel like a zombie. Who wants to start out a vacation like that? So, what if this year, you keep the favorite people, keep the fun music, but switch to some food that will have you arriving ready for fun?

What to Pack

So how do you get your vacation off to the best possible start? It all begins with planning. First thing you need is a good cooler to keep your refrigerated items safe. Make sure to bring a variety of foods to satisfy your cravings and your nutritional needs.

Consider packing:

  • Water bottles
  • Cut veggies (carrots, peppers, cauliflower, etc.)
  • Fruit (cut apples, berries, bananas, etc.; be sure to cut up the super juicy ones, like peaches, to avoid a mess)
  • Single-serve containers of guacamole, hummus and peanut butter (or other nut butter) to use as dip for your veggies or fruits
  • Nutrition bars (choose one with high protein, low sugar and a decent amount of fiber)
  • Nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • String cheese
  • Trail mix
  • Tuna pouch and whole grain crackers
  • Jerky (just make sure it’s low in sodium and sugar)
  • Smoothies (make your own or buy prepackaged; make sure they’re not loaded with sugar)
  • Dried fruit (again try to avoid ones with added sugar)
  • Squeezable unsweetened applesauce or yogurt (much easier to eat in the car)
  • Salads in a jar (keep your dressing separate so it doesn’t get “mushy”)
  • Single-serving packs of olives
  • Lunch meat


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