It’s hard for me to write this post for one main reason: I’m a clean FREAK! FREAK! And packing healthy snacks for a road trip means my kids will be eating in the car and the car will never be clean again. But I’d rather have a messy car than a hangry [hungry + angry] toddler or husband—- boys, no matter what their age, ALWAYS see to be hungry. Am I right?!
Since starting our family, much of our travel has been in the car. The kids sleep well in the car [when it’s naptime or bedtime] and it’s clearly less expensive than flying. AND I can pack as many healthy snacks for a road trip without questioning the ingredients or succumbing to a fast food option [which we do from time to time]. Whether you are packing up a camper, a car, or flying by plane, consider bringing a few of these healthy snacks for a road trip. Your hangry toddler will thank me!
Fresh Fruit: Clementines, bananas, grapes, strawberries, apples + nut butter spread
Dried Fruit: Raisins, cranberries, apricots
Fresh Vegetables: carrot sticks, cucumber slices, bell pepper slices
Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, cashews
Protein-Packed: Beef jerky, protein bars [my favorite]
Grains: Granola bars [check the label for those with 3-5 grams of fiber, <10 grams of sugar, and <150 calories per serving], whole grain cereal, muffins such as banana bread mini muffins, peanut butter and jelly muffins, whole grain Goldfish, unsalted pretzels, whole grain animal crackers
Speaking of KIND snacks… my friends at KIND were kind enough to share some samples of bars and granola from each of their product lines. My favorite thing about KIND snacks goes beyond their great taste—- it starts with their ingredient list. KIND snacks are made with simple ingredients: nuts, fruit, and whole grains. It’s as simple as that. And as you can see from the array of bars and granola they shared with me, there’s a flavor combination for every member of your family! I personally gravitated towards the peanut butter and chocolate bars, but that’s a given. Before you hit the road I’d recommend picking up a pack or two of KIND snack bars [we get ours at Target or Meijer] because not many gas stations carry them!
Sandwiches: Peanut Butter Sandwich [try one of these variations]; Hummus + veggie wrap, lunch meat and cheese sandwich
Dairy: String cheese, yogurt tubes, cubed cheese + crackers
Messy but GOOD: Popcorn, rice cakes
Needed for cleanup and food safety: Garbage bag, cooler with ice, wipes
MOMS SNACKS: Dark chocolate and coffee [not included in the 30 healthy snacks for a road trip round-up]Keep your caravan full and satisfied with these 30 healthy snacks for a road trip! Click To Tweet
Don’t forget the food that needs to be refrigerated at home should be in a cooler with ice in the car. And don’t feel like you NEED to feed your kids when you are traveling. My rule of thumb is unless we are on the road during a main mealtime or snack time, we stick out the crying or fussiness without offering food. I try my best not to use food as a distraction. That’s what the iPad is for…
One last thing! Don’t forget drinks: water, 100% fruit or vegetable juice, and milk boxes. Mom won’t share her coffee when the fam gets thirsty!
Disclaimer: I received free KIND snacks and decided to include them in this round-up in a sensibly tasteful way. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Liz - Meal Makeover Mom says
What a great line-up of snacks. We head to the Cape and Islands on weekends and will put some of your suggestions into action (w/ a teen twist)!!
Yay!! Can you pack me next time?!
Rachel @ athletic avocado says
This is an awesome roundup! I wish I saw this before I went on my trip to arizona!
Next time?! Hope you had a great trip!
Dietitian Jess says
Kind Bars are definitely one of my go tos! I tend to get a little car sick and eating help squash my nausea so I always have snacks on hand- thanks for sharing some new suggestions 🙂
Good thinking on snacking to help nausea. That helps me too!
Elizabeth @ Enjoy Every Bite says
So many yummy snacks! I agree that snacks should be kept to a legit snack time… That’s easier said than done sometimes but I do try to stick to that rule!
Easier said than done with a cranky toddler right?
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
All great options! I love making my own bars/bites, and of course raw nuts, hard fruits, and veggies!
All great options Rebecca!
Jessica @ Nutritioulicious says
Great ideas! We just came back from a week away that included a 6 hour ferry/car ride there and back and we packed lots of snacks, including many of those you mention here. Hard to stick to the snacks at snack time rules but we tried our best and the itouch and iPad sure do help w that!
I can’t tell you how thankful I am that Joey can hold the iPad without turning it off now lol! It helps so much with travel…
Very good list! I am finally out of Kind bars and need to restock! My fave!
I love all of the new flavors!
Great list! We are headed up to the cottage for an 8+ hour drive this weekend, and I have to admit, for the really long drives, I totalllllly use food as a distraction. If it’s in the form of carrot sticks I don’t sweat it much. Thanks for compiling such a great list. 🙂
Your guidance is very very helpful to the people of all ages.
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