One of the most important parts of a road trip? The snacks, obviously.
There’s nothing like hitting the open road and then snacking like there’s no tomorrow. Of course, loading up on greasy chips and artificially flavored candies isn’t the best thing you can do for yourself. All those processed foods are going to send your blood sugar soaring–and send you into that sluggish crash later on.
Instead, reach for delicious snacks that are healthy. Or at least, healthier than a whole bag of Doritos. So, before embarking on a big road trip, make sure you fill up on snacks. You know, the good ones.
No, I’m not talking about Slim Jims from the gas station. Those are full of salt, sodium, and chemical preservatives. I’m talking about actual jerky here.
CHOMPS Grass Fed Beef Jerky Snack Sticks are a healthier alternative to the Slim Jim “meat tube.” They’re still in the same convenient stick shape, but these are filled with grass-fed, “Certified Humane” beef. They have much less fat, sodium, and preservatives, and they’re also gluten-free, Whole30, and Paleo-approved.
I know I sound like my grandma here, but there’s nothing quite like some fresh veggie sticks. This one requires a little extra prep work than, say, grabbing a bag of chips, but the health benefits make up for it.
Fresh veggies make for a low-calorie, highly nutritious snack that you can eat with ease. And you can literally eat as many as you want. Opt for a variety, like bell pepper strips, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and celery.
If you don’t have the extra time for prep work, try packing a few bags of ZENB’s Veggie Bites. These bite-sized chewy snacks offer a whole cup of veggies in each pouch, and they’re made with non-GMO, vegan ingredients.
They offer quite a few different kinds of Veggie Bites, and they all boast a delicious mix of flavors. The Red Bell Pepper, Tomato, and Ancho Chiles Veggie Bites are my kind of snack. If you can’t make up your mind, they also offer a variety pack featuring all five flavors.
Peanut butter lovers, rejoice! In recent years, plenty of companies have started producing single-serve pouches of peanut butter. These convenient little packs are a great way to load up on protein and fiber while on the go.
Rip one of these pouches open to squeeze peanut butter on those fresh celery sticks you packed. Or, for the biggest peanut butter loves, just squeeze it into your mouth!
Although protein bars are good for when you’re expending a lot of energy — something you’re not doing while sitting in a car — they can still be good to keep boredom hunger at bay. The key, though, is to avoid brands that have more sugar than protein in them.
Brands like KIND have plenty of protein while keeping the sugar low. These easy-to-grab snacks come in flavors like maple sea salt, peanut butter chocolate, and dark chocolate cherry cashew.
Okay, hear me out. I know that string cheese is a lunchbox favorite for kids, but there’s no rule that says adults can’t eat it, too! After all, these snacks are packed with calcium, protein, and that delicious cheesy flavor.
String cheese isn’t your only option, either. From sticks to mini wheels to cubes, there is a cheese to please just about any palette. Nibble the cheese alone, or pair them with some classic Ritz crackers.
Sometimes you just really crave a salty, crunchy snack. Driving for hours on end has this magical way of summoning dreams of chips. Instead of stopping at a gas station for some greasy potato chips, pack some of these tasty snacks instead.
Harvest Snaps Green Pea Snack Crisps are crispy like chips, without actually being chips. They’re made from only natural ingredients and are baked instead of fried. They offer a decent amount of fiber, and a serving of veggies, too. As an added bonus, I can personally vouch that their flavor is kid-approved.
For a satisfying crunch that’s also keto-friendly and gluten-free, pack a couple of bags of these Whisps Cheese Crisps. Hey, even if you don’t have any special dietary restrictions, they’re just plain delicious.
I am a big fan of Whisps Asiago and Pepper Jack Cheese Crisps because they have just a hint of heat. But there are tons of other flavors available, too, like Tangy Ranch or fresh Tomato Basil. Or, if this one doesn’t pack enough punch, check out the Hot & Spicy flavor!
Made with whole grain oats, brown rice, and chia seeds, these chewy bites are packed with fiber, antioxidants, and heart-healthy fats. All those nutrient-rich ingredients are also pretty filling and satisfying.
These granola bites come in five different flavor combinations, but there’s something I really love about Chocolate Banana. These snacks are sweet, but not too sweet. Plus, they’re sweetened with cane sugar, instead of artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup.
If your sweet tooth is attacking, you don’t have to avoid the sweets entirely. You can still snack on some indulgent chocolate without hitting a sugar crash later. Reach for barkTHINS Dark Chocolate treats with almonds and a touch of sea salt.
You’ll find plenty of healthy fats from cocoa butter and almonds in here, plus they definitely have less sugar in them than a traditional chocolate bar. Just indulge in moderation, of course.