There are three things you need for a perfect road trip:
- A good co-pilot (who will chat along the way)
- A great playlist (with plenty of songs to sing along to)
- Plenty of snacks (that won’t make you feel sluggish and yucky)
My friend Alexa and I took a road trip to Ohio for the weekend and luckily I had all three of those things. We chatted most of the way, taking a break to sing along to Beyonce. We also packed quite a few snacks which we munched on along the way. Gas stations and fast food places don’t generally have a lot of healthy options (especially not for vegetarians!) so packing snacks is essential.
I have a few favorites that I love to bring along so I thought I’d share my picks and I’d love to hear what your favorite healthy road trip snacks are!
I love apples but sometimes I want something more crunchy and chip-like. Hello apple chips. I actually have an easy apple chip recipe that you could make at home but a bag of these also makes an easy road trip snack. It’s also a little less messy than eating an apple, so it’s a convenient option.
These taste like a candy bar but the ingredients are much cleaner and it contains a decent amount of protein and fiber, so it’ll keep you full, longer. You have to be a little careful because these could get melty but they’re delicious. It’s funny because I snagged a box of these in Ohio and noticed on the package that the company is actually based in Columbus! Luckily, I think you can find them at most Target stores.
I love these clementines because they’re easy to peel and they don’t have a bunch of seeds. They’re perfect to toss into your purse and grab when you get hungry. They’re satisfying if you’re craving something sweet! I had a few of these throughout our trip and they hit the spot.
Ok ok, sometimes you want straight up candy. At least these dark chocolate peanut butter cups don’t contain a bunch of weird ingredients and flavorings. Plus, dark chocolate is so much yummier than milk chocolate! If you haven’t had Justin’s nut butter before, it’s incredible!
If you love kale chips, try these Brussel Bytes. (If you don’t like kale chips then skip these because you probably won’t like them! My parents weren’t into it.) I love them because they’re crunchy and spicy and packed with flavor. There are 2 servings in a bag and even if you ate the whole bag (because uh, who doesn’t eat the whole bag?) it’s less than 300 calories. Plus you’d get 6g of fiber and 12g of protein, so that’s hard to beat. The ingredients list looks like the recipe of a salad so you don’t need to worry about any sort of fake flavors or powdered “cheese product” that you might find on some chips!
Alexa and I spent 8 hours in the car on Friday driving to Columbus but it was worth the trip! I got to celebrate my cousin at her bridal shower which was a great chance to catch up with friends and family.
I also got to catch up with old friends which is basically my favorite thing ever. As an extrovert, weekends like this just give me so much joy and energy. Hours in the car are worth it to be reunited with friends!