Finding easy to handle and healthy road trip snacks to have ready in our truck cab to eat when we are traveling for the day can be a struggle. We are not very good about stopping and having a decent lunch when we are driving long distances. Usually it is a time crunch or the lack of towns with restaurants to stop at. I am fairly strict with my diet and I hate stopping at fast food restaurants even though in the last few years they do offer healthier options. Regardless they are expensive and the quality of the food is usually questionable. So with much discussion between my husband and I, we have come up with a few easy to handle and healthy road trip snacks that satisfy both of us. Not to mention it offers a nice variety to keep everyone happy. Following is our list of five of our favorite healthy road trip snacks.
5 Easy To Handle and Healthy Road Trip Snacks
1. Beef Jerky
Jerky is one of our favorite healthy road trip snacks that is very high in protein, which will help keep your hunger pains at bay. It is relatively low in sugar, which is a must for me. One ounce of jerk is 80 calories, 1 gram of fat, 5 grams sugar, and 13 grams of protein! You really can’t go wrong with this choice. We purchase it in bulk and it has a long shelf life. Doesn’t require refrigeration and does not make a mess when you eat it. It also comes in lots of different flavors. My tip is to have toothpicks and floss also stashed in a compartment in your cab, it is a live saver.
2. Protein/Snack Bars
Naturally, my Husband and I don’t care for the same flavors. My favorites are the Think Thin Gluten Free Sugar Free variety or Protein Plus Bars. These bars have 230 calories, 8 grams of fat, 0 grams of sugar, and 20 grams of protein. They are available in several yummy flavors. They are also gluten free and only 200 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2 sugars, and 20 grams of protein. My Husband’s favorite is a Power Harvest Energy Bar that is much like an oatmeal cookie with frosting. They have a higher content of sugar and less protein than the ones that I prefer. The dietary stats for these bars are 250 calories, 5 grams of fat, 22 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein.
There really are an unlimited variety of bars available today, but many can qualify as healthy road trip snacks. Try buying just one at a time till you find the one that suits your tastes. Bars are not the cheapest snack but they tend to offer more protein which should keep you satisfied for a longer period of time. We watch for the bars to be on sale so when the time is right we can order in bulk. Most stores, yes even grocery stores, will order them for you. Some even offer a discount for buying them by the case.
3. Mixed Nuts
Mixed nuts certainly makes the list of one of the easiest healthy road trip snacks. We buy mixed nuts in a 2.5 lb. container, but you can find them at any store in the snacks or health food section. Each day that we are traveling I pack a Ziploc bag for us. I try to stick with the approximate serving size of these because nuts are very high in calories but also fairly high in protein. Approximately 17 nuts are 170 calories, 16 grams of fat, 1 gram of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.
4. String Cheese
There are several varieties of string cheese. This is one of those great grab and go healthy road trip snacks. They are prepackaged and not a lot of mess. I would leave these in the refrigerator or ice chest but it is a quick option to grab during a fuel stop! They offer both Calcium and protein, so it is a double bonus. 1 stick is 80 calories, 5 grams of fat, 0 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.
5. Hard boiled eggs
One of the more off the wall healthy road trip snacks is one you have to think about before you start your travel day. This is a food that I usually always have on hand. When I hard-boil eggs, I cool them and leave the shells on them. To me they seem to stay fresher but that is my opinion. I peel them and then put them in a plastic bag so they are easy to eat while traveling and no messing with the shells. Add a sprinkle of seasoning salt or pepper into the bag before you seal it up. 1 hard-boiled egg is 80 calories, 5 grams of fat, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.
The final item that is a must in our truck is several bottles of water. Make sure that you drink water and not just soda or tea. Water, though not on the official list of healthy road trip snacks necessarily, it will help flush much of the undesirable traits of your snacks through your body. Especially with the jerky or the nuts, those both contain a lot of salt. Of course you may have to stop a couple of extra times but you need to stretch your legs and get the blood flowing anyway!
Safe and happy traveling! See you down the road!