Top 10 Road Trip Snacks
Hitting the road? Keep your take-along nosh healthy and light and you'll sail past those fat-trap rest stops.
Summer means road trips to the cottage, the lake, and other vacation destinations. Getting there is often half the fun — unless you're worried about how you can eat healthy along the way.
Whether you're traveling alone, with your significant other, or the kids, these snack ideas are designed for easy access — and most importantly, to steer you away from fast food stops along the way.
Driving alone can be a cathartic experience, especially with the windows down, the wind blowing through your hair, and your favorite music blaring. To make the trip even better, hit the road with these easily accessible snacks that don't require help from someone in the passenger seat.
- Grape tomatoes: Miniature tomatoes, when ripe, make a delicious snack. This is a no-mess, grab-and-go treat, and one you can reach your hand in the bag for over and over.
- Summer berries: Throw together blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or any mix of berries in a plastic container. This snack can get messy, so unless you've got a bunch of napkins tucked away in your glove compartment, leave this one for the rest stop.
- Plain popcorn: Whether you buy a bag of naked popcorn or air-pop your own kernels at home, plain, unbuttered popcorn is an easy grab snack that won't stain your clothes or wreck your DTP.
It can be hard when you're traveling with a partner or friends who are looking forward to all the high PointsPlus values foods they are going to indulge in on the road. Your strategy: pack your cooler with treats so tempting you won't even blink when they order drive-thru meals and convenience store noshes. Just be sure to eat while you're riding shotgun, and not behind the wheel. Whatever you do, remember to spin the situation positively, and when it's time for you to eat your healthy snacks, the extra pair of hands will help you open your yogurt or pull the plastic wrapper off your string cheese. Here are some ideas.
- Popcorn sprinkled with Parmesan cheese or hot chili peppers. (Take that, bottomless bag of Doritos!)
- Top a yogurt with some crushed cereal or granola. This will give you a solid dose of calcium, and although a little more challenging to eat in the car, you can make it work by placing the yogurt in your cup holder.
- Cheese and crackers: Decorate some whole wheat crackers with your favorite low-fat cheese, and portion them out in plastic bags for easy access. You can use string cheese and snack on it by itself too!
- Try our Hot Pepper Pretzels – a perfect snack to tote along with you wherever you go! You can bring several plastic baggies, each containing one portion size.
You can prepare these snacks in bulk to pass around the car and share with the whole family. These foods are sure to keep the kids happy so they don't start asking to stop at the next exit (until they need the restroom, that is).
- Mini pita snackwiches. Hummus is full of protein and can help keep your hunger at bay until you reach your destination. Put some into mini pitas pockets with shredded carrots or sliced cucumbers for crunch. These mini hummus sandwiches make the perfect portable snack that the kids will love too!
- Meringue cookies: These light cookies made from egg whites and sugar make a delicious low PointsPlus value sweet craving satisfier. You can get the store bought ones, or follow any recipe. Try our Chocolate Meringue Cookies recipe.