Healthful Summer Road Trip

It’s time for a fun family tradition—the summer road trip!


The car is packed with what feels like the entire house, and you’re ready to hit the road.  A couple of hours into the trip, and everyone is hungry.  Unless you have planned your stops perfectly, in towns that have many amenities and food options, there are very few healthful food choices along the road. Packing healthy snacks becomes crucial when trying to maintain a healthy diet on the road.   

Packing for a family vacation can be stressful and overwhelming.  Once the kids things are packed, there is hardly energy left to pack for yourself, much less make a grocery list, go to the store, and pack a basket full of snacks.  But if you don’t, regret sets in hours into the trip, as you search desperately for something healthy to eat. 

Planning ahead is the best way guarantee for healthy road trip food.  Note the number of days you will be on the road and estimate the amount of food you will need each day.  Make sure to have a basket or bag ready to pack full of delicious and healthful items, plus an ice chest along with ice packs if needed.

Also, don’t forget to throw in a packet of wet wipes for a quick and easy clean-up.  It may seem like a big investment to buy so many heathy snacks ahead of time but in the long run you will save money and your health when you aren’t buying from roadside gas stations and fast-food restaurants. 

The week before you leave buy nonperishable items such as no-sugar-added applesauce packets, nut butter packets, packets hummus or guacamole, dried fruit, jerky, nuts, low-sugar bars, and pretzels or crackers. The day before you leave get fresh fruits and vegetables that are easy to eat in the car, such as apples, clementines, grapes, bananas, snap peas, baby carrots and mini-cucumbers.

Make sure to have plenty of water and water bottles to refill along the road.  Stay away from excess sugar and salt. Drink plenty of water while you travel to help you stay balanced and hydrated. Your trip will feel more relaxing and will definitely be healthier with a little extra food preparation.

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