No need to worry about what to eat or toss out your nutritious eating habits while traveling. There are lots of amazingly delicious ways to plan ahead for the road, and we have some of the best healthy road trip snacks to share with you!
How do you eat healthy on a road trip?
Many of us work hard to nourish our bodies with the foods we know promote health, prevent disease, make us feel good, and help keep our weight within a normal BMI (body mass index). So do the normal rules simply go out the window when we hit the road? No way!
Just because you need something portable and easy doesn’t mean you have to chuck out all your wholesome eating habits out the window.
Eating healthy on the road all boils down to one thing–planning ahead. By bringing your own healthy on-the-go snacks, you can avoid falling to the mercy of only what’s available at gas stations, convenience stores, and fast food chains along the way.
That’s easy to say, but how do you actually make it happen when there is so much temptation? Easy! Just make sure the food you have on-hand is deliciously healthy, stay hydrated, and don’t let yourself get too hungry.
The good news is that we are here to share some of our favorite healthy road trip snacks to eat while you’re traveling that will keep you feeling full, nourished, and able to enjoy the beautiful road that lies ahead.
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Here’s what you need to pack food for your road trip
- good travel-size cooler
- ice packs (frozen water bottles work great)
- storage containers (glass, plastic, stainless steel)
- ziplock bags
- paper towels and/or paper plates
- wet wipes
Healthy snacks on-the-go
The list below will give you some great inspiration for choosing which healthy snacks to include on your trip. Recipes can be found in the last list at the bottom of the page.
- Fruit. The best portable food ever includes apples, oranges, pears, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, peaches, nectarines, cuties, mangos, pineapple, and anything else you can think of.
- Celery sticks with peanut butter. Simply cut celery into small pieces and top with natural peanut butter or other nut butter.
- Veggies with hummus and dips. We love carrots, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and colorful bell pepper strips dipped in hummus or spinach dip. Great hummus and dip recipes included below.
- Kale chips. These are terrific, and Minimalist Baker has a delicious recipe for making them that I will share below.
- Sandwiches make terrific hearty snacks that will keep you full, and we aren’t just talking about a PBJ (peanut, butter, jelly). Take a peek at our chickpea salad, vegan egg salad, and hummus veggie options included in the list below.
- Air Popped Corn. This is a family favorite, and we’ve included instructions and 20 different varieties of toppings below.
- Trail Mix. There are so many different ways to combine ingredients, and we will share one of our favorites.
- Nuts. So many to choose from–almonds, walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, and more. Matt with No Meat Athlete shares his S’nuts recipe in the list below. Another of my favorites is DateNuts.
- Wraps and Pita Pockets make great hand-held snacks for adults and kids alike, and we have some filling ideas to share with you.
- Roasted Chickpeas make excellent crunchy flavorful snacks on the go, and you will find two great recipes below.
- Potato Chips. Yes, you can easily make oil-free low-fat chips, and a link to the instructions can be found in the list. Also included, baked tortillas from PlantPure Chef.
- Muffins, Snack Bars & Cookies. Not the processed, prepackaged kind, but healthy options like the ones shared by some great plant-based bloggers that are included below.
Easy emergency food kit
If you are interested in keeping an emergency supply of food in your car at all times or just want a stash of small meals available for any occasion, Little Blue Plates has an inspirational article called Vegan Road Trip! Just take a look at these photos to see what great ideas they have.
Always keep an EMERGENCY FOOD BOX in your car, because you never know when you are going to get stuck in traffic, or are running late, or you are just too hungry to wait until you get back to a plant-based safety zone.
But with your food box fully stocked, it’s super easy to just open up some pop-top cans and bowl of sealed, pre-cooked brown rice, and you’ve got a delicious, FILLING meal ready to eat RIGHT NOW!–Little Blue Plates
The photos show the ingenuity and creativity with their simple meal and snack ideas. Everything has a pop-top type, or the peel back kind, so there’s no need to worry about finding a can opener. None of the items need refrigeration. You can open just one of the cans for a quick snack, or combine the cans, bowls, and cups to make a full meal. Brilliant!
Now, take a peek at these delicious healthy recipes that are great on-the-go snacks to take on the road.