On our drive across country in October we did our best to have healthy snacks for the road trip. We had homemade granola to enjoy for breakfast along with small containers of yogurt.Granola and yogurt There were plenty of baby carrots and apples to snack on it the car as well. After a few days on the road we came up with some other ideas that we wanted to try for the ride home.

First we had to do something about our cooler, it did a poor job of keeping the food cold and relying on hotel ice was not a good idea. It seemed to melt in just a few hours! So we invested in a Yeti cooler and several frozen packs. This cooler claims to keep food cold for many hours. The claims were correct, this not only kept our food cold for our long 7-10 hour days but even the bag of ice would still be frozen! We could then put the ice packs in the freezer in the hotel each night and be ready to go again in the morning!Yeti Cooler

We also purchased a thermos to keep soup hot. I decided I would make a batch of soup before we hit the road. We would heat up the soup each morning in the microwave of the hotel or friend’s house we were staying in and that would make a tasty lunch! It didn’t last us for the entire trip but at least it provided a warm lunch for a few days. Just imagine this soup served in our plastic traveling bowls! This was a great success, nothing like stopping midday to enjoy some hot homemade soup!Chicken Vegetable Soup.On the drive out in October I had purchased bread, ham and cheese to be able to make sandwiches on the road. It worked well and we did that on our trip home as well!sandwiches for the road

It’s the time of year where you find clementine’s in the grocery store, They travel well and are easy to peel so I stocked up on some of those for our return trip.

Energy bars are another good option for a long car ride. I try to find bars with a combo of at least 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein and fewer than 170 calories. The last thing we want to be doing is eating energy bars that are loaded with sugar!energy bars

Another good idea for future road trips would be some low fat muffins. Make a batch of Morning Glory Muffins. They are full of healthy ingredients like carrots, nuts and sunflower seeds!morning glory muffins

Having carrots, zucchini, peppers and grape tomatoes that I can prepare each morning was also helpful and a healthy snack!DIY Baby CarrotsAnother good snack option is homemade trail mix. Include in the mix sunflower seeds, nuts, dried fruit and popcorn. You can also add shredded coconut and low fat granola. This is something I can make ahead of time and it lasted us the whole drive!

We  also had our daily Shakeology, the “healthiest meal of the day”! Not only is it delicious but it also helps you from snacking! We’ve worked hard to stay in shape and wouldn’t want to go back to square one just because of a long road trip!Shakeology

By having reliable ice packs to keep the food cold, hand sanitizer to clean our hands and reusable containers and cutlery we were able to keep things safe, clean and litter less as we drove cross-country!cross country drive

23 comments on “Healthy Snacks For The Road

Vickie on January 11, 2016 3:47 pm

Great ideas! When we were younger we would bring along chips, nuts, candy bars, etc.. Ugh! Then we got older and wiser 😉 and try to do just as you have done! I have never brought along soup, however, and can’t wait to try that on our next long trip!

Nancy Wolff on January 11, 2016 3:54 pm

Vickie,
When I was a child and we went of family road trips my mom always brought chocolate, I think it’s ingrained in my head to eat chocolate while on a road trip! NOT a healthy option!

Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood on January 12, 2016 8:42 pm

Yes to these! Yogurt and homemade granola/granola bars are definitely a favorite around here! As are sandwiches.

Nancy Wolff on January 13, 2016 12:43 am

Morgan, Usually I make our own yogurt too but for our trip I decided the prepackaged containers worked better!

Margy on January 13, 2016 2:32 am

We don’t do a lot of road trips, but when we travel by airline on vacation I take along a hotel traveling meal kit. http://margylutz.blogspot.com/2015/03/hotel-traveling-meal-kit.html When we check our bags, I use regular cutlery. When we use carry-ons I use plastic cutlery. We stop at a market when we arrive and purchase meals from deli, bakery and produce aisles. I have a collapsible cooler bag with a plastic insert for the bottom to keep melting ice from leaking out. Most hotels have small refrigerators, so we only use the cooler for traveling from hotel to hotel, or in one without a fridge. We do eat out once in a while for the fun of it, but eating meals in our room cuts down on high calorie intake at several meals each day. – Margy

Nancy Wolff on January 13, 2016 11:59 am

Margy,
I love hearing this, great tips and it makes travel more enjoyable and affordable!

Peggy Rudd Jones on January 13, 2016 4:57 pm

Hubby and I are not up to road trips any more, but you did a great job on yours. What a great idea. Leaving money for enjoying the soulful sights you may want to see. Enjoy

Nancy Wolff on January 14, 2016 1:40 pm

Peggy,
It was a wonderful trip and we were sure blessed with good weather!

Cath on January 15, 2016 3:09 am

Hello Nancy…what a great and informative post….I am going over to look at that muffin recipe right away…but first, if you like to link up, I have a foodie link up at http://cathathome.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/whats-for-dinner-wednesday-10-honey-soy.html….and this post would be perfect. Thank you for sharing.

Nancy Wolff on January 15, 2016 12:56 pm

Cath,
Just checked out your blog! And shared on two of your linky parties! Do try these muffins they are delicious!

Cath on January 16, 2016 4:20 am

Thanks Nancy…..I did see that and I also found another linky party through your comments!. I pinned the muffin recipe and plan on trying it soon. I also like the sound of homemade granola.
Thanks for supporting my link ups at [email protected]: cathathome.blogspot.com.au

Nancy Wolff on January 17, 2016 8:30 pm

Cath,
I look forward to visiting your link ups each week!

Latane on January 15, 2016 7:43 pm

My goodness, you did some fantastic planning and then went about implimenting the plan. Good job.

Nancy Wolff on January 15, 2016 8:45 pm

Letane,
Anything to make the trip easier!

April J Harris on January 16, 2016 12:03 pm

What a wonderful way to keep your healthy eating resolutions, save money and enjoy a journey more! Your healthy snacks all look delicious and you have some wonderful ideas for helping to keep everything fresh while travelling. Thank you for this fantastic healthy living post! Sharing.

Nancy Wolff on January 17, 2016 8:29 pm

You’re welcome April! It’s nice to be able to enjoy tasty and healthy snacks while traveling!

April J Harris on January 18, 2016 6:41 pm

Hi again, Nancy! I’m featuring your post at this week’s Hearth and Soul Hop. It’s live on the blog now!

Nancy Wolff on January 18, 2016 8:33 pm

Thank you so much for the feature! On my way to Hearth & Soul Hop! 🙂

Rhonda Albom on January 19, 2016 7:14 am

Great ideas. Thermoses are fantastic, we used to pack chile with rice, soup, curries, etc. They are very versatile and great for a warm home cooked meal while on the go.

Nancy Wolff on January 19, 2016 1:36 pm

Rhonda,
Next trip I’m going to try chili or a curry! What a great idea!

Elaine on January 20, 2016 3:07 pm

What a great assortment of snacks! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday and I hope to see you tomorrow! Pinned!

Chris on January 21, 2016 3:39 am

We eat a lot of grapes on road trips. Thanks for the tips and sharing at Funtastic Friday!

Nancy Wolff on January 21, 2016 2:33 pm

Chris,
I love grapes, another great snack for a road trip! 🙂

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