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Top Ten Healthy Snacks for the Road
May 16, 2010 | Home >Healthy Kids > Nutrition Tips >Top Ten Healthy Snacks for the Road

Top Ten Healthy Snacks for the Road

Top Ten Healthy Snacks for the Road. Road tripping? Bring along your healthy snacks!

Last week we spent 10 hours in the car from Lehi, Utah to Newport Beach, CA!  I knew I didn’t want to not stop along the way for food, so I planned accordingly.  It’s not that I think we couldn’t get healthy food ON the road (a post for tomorrow), but my husband and I really don’t like to stop once we get going.  You know, we’d rather get there! So we plow through, full steam ahead and bring our food instead.  Here is what we brought to eat, that I felt worked for us.Top Ten Healthy Snacks for the Road. Road tripping? Bring along your healthy snacks!

The plan was:

  • Breakfast: Hard boiled eggs, homemade muffins, yogurt, apple slices.
  • Lunch: Bagel sandwiches, string cheese, pretzels, carrots.
  • Snacks: Trail mix, oranges, dried fruit
Top Ten Healthy Snacks for the Road. Road tripping? Bring along your healthy snacks!

So, here is our new “Top Ten Healthy Food for a Road Trip”

  1. Hard Boiled eggs– I don’t know when my kids started loving these things, but they can’t get enough of them!  They were perfect for the road.  The protein and the good fat in them make them a filling way to start the day.
  2. Pre-sliced bagged apples!  Lucky for us, Chiquita had just sent us some vouchers for their bags of fruits or vegetables. I redeemed them for this trip, and they were perfect.  As with bringing whole apples, the bagged variety never got bumped around and bruised, they were easy to eat, and left no core behind!  Top Ten Healthy Snacks for the Road. Road tripping? Bring along your healthy snacks!
  3. Frozen water bottles–  My husbands idea really, but it worked great!  If my kids are holding a water bottle, they will literally drink it all in one gulp, and then have to pee every 20 minutes.  And since we don’t like stopping every 20 minutes on the road, freezing the water and letting it slowly melt, self regulated the drinking! They could hold their bottle, and take sips as it melted.  Genius!
  4. Baby carrots-  My kids have slowly been weaned off the NEED for dipping their carrots. Don’t get me wrong, they love to dip, but they will also eat them plain.  And with long car drives, the boredom and mindless eating sets in, and baby carrots are the perfect cure.
  5. Trail Mix- (single serving sizes).  You can make these yourselves, or buy trail mix in 1 oz bags.  I bought them this time, but we’ve done both.  I prefer the single serving because in the car, with everyone dipping their hands in a big bag, it tends to get messy.  And I love portion control!
  6. Bagel Sandwiches– I finally figured out the problem with bringing sandwiches on road trips.. THE BREAD!! On the road, bread gets squashed, limp, stale, whatever.  So I bought some pretty hardy whole wheat bagels, some deli meat, lettuce and provolone cheese.  The bagels held up well. I put the fillings on (we didn’t even need spread the bagels were super moist), and we ate!  I will never bring bread for sandwiches again on a road trip, only a hearty bagel!
  7. String cheese- Nice little source of protein, a little calcium.. and kind of a treat to my kids.
  8. Pretzels- While pretzels aren’t that special, and completely devoid of nutrients, they do make a clean snack, and after all.. we like clean snacks when it comes to road trips.
  9. Dried fruit (in little boxes). Remember when you only used to be able to buy raisins in little boxes?  Now you can buy anything.. dried apricots, dried craisins, dried apples, dried raspberries.  And if you really feel like forking out the money, you can get these boxes of dried fruit with Sesame Street Characters on them
  10. And our tenth best , healthy, road trip food,  Cuties!  While oranges get pretty drippy and messy, we’ve had good luck with the cuties.  And if you are my kids and are thirsty because your parents froze your water bottle… cuties are thirst quenching!

What not to bring:

  1. The muffins! Complete mess! They got squished, the bag tipped over, and then the kids stepped on them! Never again!!
  2. Candy– just makes the kids cranky and more thirsty!!

So, now you share… What works on your vacations or road trips?

Related post: Tired of snacking- check out our REAL MEALS ON THE ROAD!

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Amy Roskelley

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Joy says:

I like packing wraps for our “sandwich” – they are not messy and wraps are a treat for us. We also do individual bags of veggies and bags if nuts. Thanks for the water bottle idea 🙂

Morgan says:

Thanks for sharing these snack tips! I always seem to choose the worst snacks (like muffins) for a trip and then end up frustrated at the mess!

cathy says:

Great ideas! We like to toss in homemade granola bars in addition to some of the goodies that you’ve listed. I stay away from muffins too. Not so much because they get squished, but we end up with crumbs everywhere.

Amy says:

Yes, homemade granola bars and homemade cookies are great ideas!

Brittney Miskin says:

I am so glad you made this post! We are making the same trip in two weeks. We are traveling on Sundays, so my husband warned me we wouldn’t be stopping. Now I have the perfect food to bring! We like to bring beef jerky and dried fruit and nuts!

I always like lists. Thanks!

This is great, Amy! Just today I was trying to figure out how I was going to do my food for the drive to Minnesota later this week. I also dislike stopping.
I laughed hard at the water bottles/cuties at the end.
I think you covered every good snack I’ve packed before. I like the idea of the pre-cut and cleaned fruit for a road trip. I get tired of all the garbage piling up in the car.
Another great post!

Emily says:

my husband has to have a can of salted nuts open while he drives. Weirdo…

I don’t have anything else good to add. I always always choose the wrong thing and end up buying $2 bananas at the gas station. One time I tried a small bag of skittles that they could only have one of every time they saw an animal but it was in Lovelock so there was mostly just roadkill. It took us 26 hours to eat the whole bag.

Vennesa says:

You pretty much covered everything. Great ideas. We also bring granola bars, grapes and nuts.

I love your hard boiled egg idea. My boys are into the same thing right now. So nutritious and easy to transport!

Amy says:

Em- My mom used to buy animal crackers and we would get one each time we spotted an animal too.

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DavetteB says:

Besides string cheese, we like to make our own bags of cut up cheese – jack, cheddar, colby – to go with the pretzels. If I’m exceptionally organized, there may be cookies or brownies – homemade is better.

Molly says:

I just found this post via pinterest. I know I’m late commenting, but we’ve been doing bagel sandwiches for a long time too. We get the mini bagels, because the regular size bagels are just too much for our little ones. We bring pepperoni (don’t have to worry about it getting warm in the cooler if it’s a long time between ice stops) and cheese sticks to put on the sandwiches. We just tear the string cheese into thick strips and lay it on there.
Another tip for portion control when using a big bag of crackers/pretzels/trail mix/etc is to purchase a package of bathroom size plastic cups and scoop out a cup for each child. In fact, we keep a stack of these in our car all the time for snacking in the car.

Jamie Wyatt says:

What are Cuties?

Amy says:

They are just mandarin oranges, but “cuties” is a brand of mandarin oranges that are seedless and super easy to peel. My kids love them!
http://cutieskids.com/

Nicholson says:

Wow the list of healthy snacks i just this post that sharing me about this, i really like this post too much.

Jason says:

holy cow that’s an enormous amount of snacks for a 10 hour drive. does your family only snack? do you not stop for a meal? one of the most asinine blogs i’ve ever read.

Asinine? Really Jason? That’s pretty harsh. There are 5 of us. We brought all the food. it wasn’t all eaten, but no- we tried not to stop for a meal at all, as I mentioned in the post.

Stephanieh says:

Wow jason has clearly never travled with a family of five. How rude.

anon says:

Most pointless and rudest comment award goes to you! Congratulations Jason!

melissa says:

How do your kids eat the hard boiled eggs? Do they add anything on them?

They just eat them plain @melissa!

Vanessa says:

Great ideas! We have done lots of road trips and tried many snacks. We too prefer to snack and eat one large meal at the end of the day. My go-to’s are: boiled eggs, cheese, crackers, trail mix, granola bars, fruit of all kinds, and grass-fed beef sticks. Occasionally I break out packages of fruit snacks for fun 🙂

Anna says:

We are about to make a very similar trip…..thanks for all the great ideas!!

Great list! Definitely the best I’ve seen. The frozen water bottle is brilliant! I’m also a fan of bringing a jar of peanut butter and some spoons. I hate to admit this because it wouldn’t make the healthy list, but my kids get a real kick out of bringing a bag of white bread, and then compacting it into dough balls.

haha!I even like doing that with white bread!!

Sara H says:

Do you pre-peel your eggs?
Thanks

WE don’t, but we should!

Angie says:

Grapes, uncrustable pb&j (they start out frozen so they last longer), Pringles (although not super healthy – the can makes them durable)

Ruhaifa Samir says:

Great post! Homemade cookies and brownies cut into small squares works great for us. I took burgers along once and that worked out too. And o usually pack cheese spreads, jams, peanut butter and a loaf of bread. Though I love the idea of taking bagels instead!

Heidi says:

We just finished our California road trip and although we packed sandwiches for myself and kids (you’re right the bread went yucky) my husband does sandwiches on the thin-wich bread and it worked really well. My kids also really like the squeeze applesauce.

Shannon says:

We also take wraps over bread! Rice crackers work well with sliced cheese and smoked sausage our butcher makes without any preservatives etc. I also find as a treat homemade brownies work better than muffins or cookies as they don’t crumble as much. Frozen juice boxes are also a hit (but my kids are older…they can be messy for younger kids)

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