Snacks from gas stops and fast food joints are the usual go-to for long trips on the road. In the end, food options often come down to a being a matter of convenience.
What if there were easy and healthy foods you could eat on the road? Here’s a list with a few classics and some new surprises:
Doll up a PB&J Sandwich
You could stick with the classic smooth or crunchy peanut butter with strawberry jam, but imagine the possibilities. Think about it: almond butter and peach preserves. If you are able to visit your local country store, check out the various homemade jams and preserves.
There’s even sweet potato preserves. Sprinkle a little sage on that. Use whole wheat bread to get healthier carbohydrates, or a gluten free bread to meet dietary needs. Follow your taste buds, and doll up that old PB&J your mom used to make you.
Eat up Apple Slices and Peanut Butter
Dip apple slices into peanut butter. Vacuum seal or slice them while at a rest stop to prevent the apple slices from turning brown. Get your protein, fiber, Vitamin C and hydration!
Hummus is No Fuss
Doubt it’s portable? Oh, hummus is road-worthy. You can be fancy, and share the joy of your garlic breath with your road-tripping buddies. You can dip pita chips, cucumbers, carrot slices and other crunchy vegetables in it. Various vegetables give you differing sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Plus, hummus is a good source of protein. Chickpeas also help to lower cholesterol, reduce cancer risks, and it comes in various tasty flavors. Buy it at the store, or make your own hummus.
Opt for a big chunk cheese and a baguette or mini loaf of bread to tear off. Just don’t put it all in a knapsack like a cartoon character. When you’re on the road, wielding a cheese knife may be more precarious than it sounds.
Whether you use lettuce wraps or tortillas, wraps are more hand-held than sandwiches. It’s easy to just stuff some spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and goat cheese in a wrap. Drench that with olive oil to help with digestion and ease to swallow, and you’re good to go.
Vary your meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. See how versatile and easy wraps can be!
Mini Blueberry Muffins
This recipe for blueberry muffins takes a fork and a bowl. No mixer is necessary. Pour the batter into a mini muffin pan, instead of a six-cup muffin pan, and you’ll have a multitude of bite-size tasty snacks.
Blueberries are considered to be a superfood. They have powerful antioxidants and are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K.
To-Go Fruit Cups
That’s right! Get those grapes, strawberries, melons and fruit of choice. Mix and match into individual, snack-ready cups.
Infuse Water with Fruit and Herbs
Use leftover fruit and dried herbs to infuse water for naturally fruit-flavored drinks. Tip: You can also infuse water with herbs, and mix fruits and herbs, such as cucumber and mint! When you infuse herbs and fruits overnight, your drink mixture has absorbed more of the vitamins and beneficial chemical constituents within, more than a tea would.
Did you know that chocolate mint is a real plant that tastes exactly like chocolate? It makes a great infused tea. Check with your local tea shop, or buy your own plant to have access to the leaves regularly.
Dehydrate Your Own Jerky and Fruit Chips
Got a dehydrator? You’ll want to get one after you see these endless snack possibilities.
Not only are the items tasty, but you extend their shelf life, save money, and personally ensure safe processing. It’s impossible to over-dehydrate with such low temperature settings. Plus, you may dehydrate items in bulk and have access to healthier foods you’ve created yourself.
Grab a To-Go at the Grocery Store Buffet
If you do have to stop, consider getting a to-go plate from the buffet in a grocery store like Whole Foods. The take-out sushi at Harris Teeter isn’t bad at all, either. It’s also a great chance to restock snacks.
Sometimes pit stops are necessary, but that doesn’t mean that you have to pick the unhealthy options. With a little tender, loving care, convenience and healthy road-trip food options are at your fingertips. Just prepare and store in your cooler!
Hopefully, these low-maintenance and easy-prep food ideas will inspire you on your next adventure!