Whenever we’re preparing for a trip, I spend about half the time contemplating what foods to bring. Healthy options on the road are tough to come by, so planning ahead is key if you don’t want to gorge on chips, candy and fast food (although a little of these can be fun!).
As with snacks and meals at home, the key to good travel snacks is making sure they include protein, carbs, and fat. The combination of these three nutrients keeps you feeling healthy and satisfied.
A few examples:
Healthy carbs – Fruits & vegetables (fresh or dried), whole grain breads, crackers, popcorn, rice cakes, etc.
Protein/Fat – Nuts, nut butter, cheese, deli meat, edamame, baked tofu, boiled egg, yogurt, etc.
Since it can be hard to think of unique, healthy snacks that keep everyone happy on the road, I turned to one of my favorite snack companies – NatureBox – for a little help. NatureBox is a snack “subscription” service, in which healthy & delicious snacks are shipped to your front door every month. They send new items each time, but if you love something you can request it again or create your own desired mix of snacks.
A couple weeks ago NatureBox let me create a Road Trip Snack Box just for this post!! (See below for how to win these!) Here’s what I paired the snacks with for our most recent road trip:
Honeycomb sunflower kernels with fresh cantaloupe chunks.
Plantain chips with cherry tomatoes and a mini wheel of cheese.
Chili lime pistachios with fresh berries.
Tuscan summer mix (this stuff is AMAZING) with a little cup of yogurt.
Barbacoa peas with fresh strawberries.
Each of these snacks was SO good, that it was hard for me to keep them around long enough to even take these pictures 😉
Leave a comment below with your favorite healthy snack for traveling, and be entered to win a box full of these goodies.
Winner will be randomly chosen on Thursday July 4th.
This is not a sponsored post, but NatureBox will kindly be providing the winner with their box of snacks.
RenataJuly 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm
I love snacking on organic Medjool dates from my farmer’s market!
MirandaJuly 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm
Individual packs of Peanut Butter with celery sticks, and a bunch of black seedless grapes with Babybel cheese! It satisfies the need for something crunchy, fresh, and filling! Good combo of savory and sweet 🙂
Karissa K. @ Sweet As A CookieJuly 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm
My favorite road tip snacks are fresh apples and fruit leathers!
HeidiJuly 1, 2013 at 7:28 pm
Dried fruit leather
Elizabeth PyleJuly 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Dark Cocoa Roasted Almonds.
marshmallowfluffxoJuly 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm
I love the guacamole bites for travel friendly snacking!
TracyJuly 1, 2013 at 7:40 pm
Our family enjoys granola and fresh fruit and veggies when we travel. My kids can’t get enough carrots, cucumbers and berries.
JenniferJuly 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm
I love to make wonderballs before heading out of town! Just put them in an airtight container and they stay fresh the whole trip. Who doesn’t like a little peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips, raisins & flaxseed 🙂
tinaJuly 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm
I always bake these before an overnight/road trip: blueberry buttermilk whole wheat muffins from an old issue of Family Fun magazine. They’re good on the beach, too.
AmeliaJuly 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm
AmeliaJuly 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm
I’ve never made those – what a good idea!
AmeliaJuly 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm
I just saw those – can’t wait to try them!
AmeliaJuly 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm
What a treat – dates are the best!
waheedaJuly 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm
I usually carry fruit leather or nuts!
EugenieJuly 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm
I like to snack on pistachios.
TylerJuly 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm
My favorite road trip snack is a variety of nuts and plump california raisins mixed with plain m and m’s. Delicious!
HowellJuly 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm
I like to pack bananas for a snack.
LindsayJuly 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm
I like to pack blueberries and pistachios for the road.
Gabrielle SiscoJuly 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm
I love bringing little bags of sesame crackers and carrots with a couple of snack size hummus packs, so delicious and filling but not too many calories!
GJuly 2, 2013 at 2:41 am
Apples, pears, nuts and crackers.
Aisling @ Sunny Side UpJuly 2, 2013 at 2:42 am
These look delicious, thanks for the ideas! I love to bring chopped fresh fruit with me when I travel, it can sometimes be hard to find on the road. Also, it’s handy to have a couple of healthy snack bars to keep me away from less healthy choices in the shops!
SanjaJuly 2, 2013 at 2:58 am
My favorite snack to bring along would have to be Craisins and Baby Bell cheese 🙂
Jessica ForresttJuly 2, 2013 at 4:57 am
Kale chips, homemade protein bars, fruit, veggies, hummus
EliseJuly 2, 2013 at 4:58 am
I like to travel with peanut butter crackers and apples!
Alishia BigelowJuly 2, 2013 at 6:42 am
I love snacking on the go! I’ll put anything in a plastic cup. I call it a “snack cup”.
Sarah S.July 2, 2013 at 7:57 am
We just returned from an 8 day road trip….wish I had this travel box last week.
We love dried fruit, pretzel sticks and raisins.
I have recently found your blog and LOVE it – thanks for all the great content!
My Tasty Theatrical LifeJuly 2, 2013 at 8:12 am
I love snacking on Rice Chips, Fresh Fruit & Fresh Veggies with Laughing Cow Cheese!!
AmeliaJuly 2, 2013 at 8:26 am
Thank you, Sarah! That’s so nice to hear!
CoriJuly 2, 2013 at 9:00 am
I like to make peanut butter and cracker sandwiches to eat in the car. Customizable to anyone’s preferred crackers and nutbutters. Also love the plaintain chips you mentioned above.
AmeliaJuly 2, 2013 at 10:47 am
Can’t go wrong w/ nut butter & crackers!
Ray SJuly 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm
I like to snack on trail mix with raw nuts and dried fruit. Thanks!
TaylorJuly 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm
I toss gala or other sweet apples with a generous amount of cinnamon and a small amount of stevia, in addition to packing our “road trip trail mix” which is pecans, almonds, walnuts, unsweetened carob chips, unsweetened coconut flakes, raisins, and apple-juice sweetened craisins.
Erica M.July 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm
Lately, I haven’t been leaving the house without a Larabar or Clif Mojo bar!
SSKJuly 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm
I always stash tangerines in my laptop bag. I also bring string cheese.
TtrockwoodJuly 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm
My favorites snacks include dry roasted edamame, baby carrots with hummus and fresh green veggie juices
GeorgianaJuly 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm
I like snacking on popcorn as well as an apple with almond butter!
MerylJuly 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm
I like roasted unsalted almonds.
LouisJuly 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm
Grapes and bananas.
PennieJuly 3, 2013 at 8:18 pm
Apples, crackers, nuts
Angie OuhlAugust 3, 2013 at 4:54 am
I snack on dates that I stuff with cinnamon almonds.