Next week is Spring Break!! So that means traveling for our family. I always make and take food along for our car ride and for our destination. It is work, however, I have control of what we are eating and it helps us stick to our normal way of eating healthy.
If your family still has some fun trips coming up this spring or summer – whether by car or by plane – I thought I would give you some snack ideas that are great and easy to take along. Even if you just can’t (or won’t) stick to a eat clean diet once you get to your destination, I think it’s a good idea to bring some items for the trip there and even to supplement meals once you arrive. What good is a vacation if you feel sluggish (or even sick) from some not-so-great food? And yes, remember to take along your water bottle. You want to drink plenty of water along the way.
Homemade Trail Mix or Granola
Trail mix is easy enough – just mix together a variety of nuts, seeds, and even dried fruit then divide up into little baggies or reusable containers. Or alternatively bag up some yummy homemade granola (which can also serve as cereal) that you can just eat dry out of your hand. These options can be an especially filling snack for taking up such little space.
Simple Store Bought Fruit & Nut Bars (or homemade!)
For the store bought versions be sure to check the ingredients for a short list of items you are familiar with and would cook with at home. We personally like Lara Bars, Kit’s Organic and Kind Bars. And yes it’s extra work, but making homemade version of protein, energy or fruit/nut bars, is just as good.
Apples or Bananas (with our without an individual packet of peanut or almond butter)
Apples and bananas by themselves are good, but let’s face it – (if you don’t have an allergy) they are even better topped with peanut or another type of nut butter.
With so many recipe choices from apple to zuchini to pumpkin to banana nut to blueberry…what’s not to love? You can basically bake any “quick bread” loaf in muffin cups!
Washed, Peeled, and Sliced Veggies like Carrots, Cucumbers and/or Celery
For a road trip pack your fresh veggies (and other goodies) with hummus or homemade dip like ranch or salsa!
Popcorn Make your own air popcorn without having to resort to those pre-made bags full of additives and chemicals. If you are in a pinch, Target has an new line called “Simply Balanced” and they have a whole grain popcorn, lightly salted. It is good and you can find it in the chip aisle.
Dried Fruit or Homemade Fruit Leathers
This is another one of those categories where there are SO many choices…raisins, dried apple rings, dried apricots, dried cranberries, banana “chips,” and any flavor of fruit leather you can imagine. For the store bought variety look at the ingredients to make sure they don’t contain added sugar.
Whole-Grain Crackers or Brown Rice Cakes
This snack could easily complement many of the snacks mentioned above. Brown rice cakes are another whole grain alternative to crackers – also good with one of those little nut butter packets.
Of course, you can pack any fruits and veggies you like. If traveling in a car, we have a small cooler for sandwiches, string cheese or greek yogurt. Hope this gives you some ideas and a starting point for your next trip.
Happy Spring Break and Travels!!