Road trips are one of the most fun and exciting parts of summer travel. Whether you’re heading a couple hours away from home or all the way across the country, packing portable and easy-to-grab food can not only help you stay on track with your goals but will save you from having to make unwanted pit stops along the way and spend extra money on foods you may not even enjoy.
Most of us are familiar with what happens when hunger strikes on the interstate. It’s a dash to find the nearest exit with fast food chains, convenience stores and gas stations. In these scenarios, you’ll be lucky to find some stray fruit, but you’ll likely end up with a need to cobble together some random snacks from the pre-packed food isle. It’s rare to find quick, healthy, or even appetizing options in these situations.
Trying new restaurants and foods while traveling is always part of the experience, but it’s better to plan these meal locations out versus leaving it to chance when you become hungry while driving down I-95.
It may take a little extra time, preparation and forethought, but planning your meals and snacks in advance, and having foods on hand is key to making the most of your road trip. Plus, you’ll eliminate the extra concern of where you’ll stop for food and what you’ll even eat.
Choosing snack options that are higher in protein help keep you fuller and more satisfied longer, which is great when you’re sitting for long periods at a time and have limited resources.
Grab a cooler, some storage containers and head off on the road to adventures with some of these summertime snacks. Let’s go!
A good source of protein, easy to store and can be had on their own or with crackers. Top with some salt and pepper or everything bagel seasoning to add extra flavor.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Greek yogurt is such a versatile snack that’s higher in protein. If you’ve got a cool place to store it, it makes a great travel companion. Check out this blog for ideas on how to amp it up with unique toppings and mix-ins.
Veggies with Hummus
Think mini bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots or celery sticks with your favorite hummus flavor. This winning combo boasts plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fiber and carbohydrates to keep your energy up.
PB + Banana on an English Muffin or Rice Cake
Skip the jelly and opt for banana instead! Choose a peanut (or other nut) butter without the added hydrogenated oil or sugar, and if you’re tracking, pre-measure at home. Spread across an English muffin or rice cake, top with banana slices and drop into a sealable container for a filling snack on the go.
Combine rolled oats with natural nut butter, shredded coconut, honey, protein powder and chocolate chips into balls to create a balanced snack that also satisfies a sweet tooth.
Deli Meat Roll Ups
These make a great light lunch or snack on the go. Try your favorite meat and/or cheese combinations such as Ham + Swiss, Roast Beef + Provolone or Turkey and Cheddar. Tip: As for your lunchmeat to be cut thicker so it stays put and rolls better.
Crispy Kale Chips
There’s just something about having a salty and crunchy snack on hand when on a trip. Kale chips hit the spot and are a great alternative to store bought chip options. Simply toss the washed kale in olive oil and salt, bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 F and voila!
The quintessential road trip snack deserves a place on this list and calls for your creativity. While you can buy premade, you’re better able to have a better balance of foods that work for you and your goals by DIYing. Choose a medley of sweet and salty ingredients such as popcorn, nuts, sunflower seeds, pepitas, dried fruit, coconut chips and dark chocolate.
Hitting the road soon? Become a Stronger U member and join our exclusive community for lots more road trip tips, recipes and snack ideas. Plus, get personalized advice from your coach on how to stay on track during travel.
“What’s something that you could change about the way you’re living your life that would help you be the version of yourself that you want to be, reach goals, and contribute more fully to the roles and relationships that matter to you?” - Dr. Kelly McGonigal
I am an active stay-at-home mom to two little girls (2 and 4). Originally from Upstate NY and now a resident of Charlotte, NC, for going on 8 years. I love working out and always have. I also have a huge sweet tooth, which is ironic since I have been a Type 1 diabetic since the age of 5.
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