You’re on the road and suddenly it hits you, a powerful hunger pang or a case of being “hangry”. Do you run to the nearest convenience food store for a bag of M & M’s and energy drink? All it takes is a little planning ahead and you can easily avoid some bad choices while on the go.
I spend quite a bit of time on the road traveling with my job. These travels include a lot of overnight stays in hotels for a few days at a time. Just as you would pack an overnight bag with your must-have items from home, plan your road snacks before you hit the highway. A small insulated cooler is a road trip must-have, as are small food storage containers or snack -sized baggies which are perfect for portion control.
The best snacks for a road trip are the kind that will keep you feeling full longer so you’ll be less likely to reach for a bag of potato chips an hour down the road. I always get super hungry when traveling so here are some great snack ideas for you.
1. 100 Calorie Nut Packs
If you’re craving something salty and crunchy, nuts are a great snack idea. The 100 calorie snack packs are a weekly staple on my grocery list. The dark chocolate cocoa flavor is sweet yet salty with that crunch that will satisfy.
2. Whole Fruit or Dried Fruit
Fruit is one of the best on the go snack options. I typically bring Bananas, grapes or apples. They travel well and do not require refrigeration. You could also consider dried fruits such as raisins, dried cherries, low sugar craisins and dried apricots. Keep in mind, that dried fruit is higher calorie and sugar than fresh. Always choose varieties that have no added sugar.
3. Fresh cut veggies
Raw and pre-washed and prepped vegetables are road trip friendly. Great choices include cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, broccoli, celery sticks and snap peas. All of these items will stay fresh when stored in an insulated cooler.
4. Perky Jerky
Perky Jerky is all natural, gluten free, with no preservatives, MSG or nitrates. Perky Jerky comes in both beef and turkey flavors. Each bag has roughly two servings. Each serving of the jerky offers 11 grams of protein.
5. Packets of Nut Butter
Perfect for a carry- on bag and air travel. These mess free packets also contain a dose of protein and healthy fats. Add some nut butter to your apple slices, in yogurt or rice cakes. Two of my favorites are Justin’s Classic Almond Butter and Wild Friends. Target and most local grocery stores carry the individual packets.
6. Greek Yogurt
Yogurt can be very travel friendly when stored in an insulated cooler. My recent Friday Food Finds should steer you in the right direction as far as some yummy yogurt options. Pair this with a piece of fruit or add some nut butter and you have a complete snack.
7. Protein Powder- Single Serving Packets
Single serving protein powder packets are great to keep in your car, desk, gym bag or suitcase. Simply add cold water for a great between meal snack or post workout. If you do not want the hassle of buying packets, you can also portion your own and store in small baggies and place it into a ziplock bag.
8. Protein Bars
When you’re on the go, protein bars make perfect healthy travel snacks since they are easily portable. Protein bars are a great snack or meal replacement. My go to bar for the road these days have been the B-Up Bars. Homemade protein bars are a great option too. Check out the recipes for my Blueberry Coconut Almond Protein Bars and Oatmeal Protein Brownie Bar.
9. Blue Diamond Original Almond Breeze
These are non-perishable and do not require refrigeration, so go ahead and pack a few in car. These are perfectly portioned and would work great with a scoop of protein powder for a quick shake.
10. Rice Cakes
Crunchy, satiating and high in fiber, rice cakes make a perfect snack for the road. If you crave salty, these make a great choice. If you’re a sweet lover, give these a try. Rice cakes topped with fresh fruit or nut butters make a tasty treat.
Enjoy and have a safe and delicious trip!
What are some of your favorite travel snacks? I would love to hear from you!