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. 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!
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!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!
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!
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!
Having carrots, zucchini, peppers and grape tomatoes that I can prepare each morning was also helpful and a healthy snack!Another 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!
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!