If you’ve ever been on a road trip, you know that stopping for food constantly isn’t an option … and also that those rest stop options aren’t always so great. Plan ahead next time, and pack some grub that will satisfy you — without any guilt — on the go.
Both tasty and good for you, trail mix is a great pick. Whether you want to customize your own by mixing your favorite dried fruit and nuts, or grab a pre-made, resealable bag (Trader Joe’s has a wide variety of options), you can’t go wrong.
Squeezable Applesauce or Yogurt
Bring some easy-to-eat, squeezable packages of applesauce from or Go-gurt along for the ride. You can also pack your own in friendly mason jars.
Fruits and Veggies
There are plenty of veggies that don’t take up too much space and aren’t too tough to eat on the road, like broccoli florets, snap peas, carrots, and radishes. As far as fruit, grapes, raspberries, apples, cherries, and clementines are all good ideas, too. As a rule of thumb, try to avoid anything super-juicy (cherry tomatoes for exmple) or anything that can go rotten or bruise fairly quickly, like bananas.
Okay, so they might not be as nutritious as the real thing, but they’re slightly more convenient to eat, and just as sweet and delicious. Check out the offerings from juice brands like Welch’s, or organic snacks from Stonyfield Farms and Annie’s Homegrown.
Cereal and Granola Bars
Who says you need milk? A Ziploc bag of Cheerios or any whole-grain oat cereal will indulge your sweet tooth just enough. Similarly, granola bars are perfectly portable and make for excellent mid-morning or afternoon snacks.
This old standby is still a simple, satisfying pick that’s as fun to eat as it is healthy. Beyond just mozzarella, there’s cheddar, pepper jack, and other flavored varieties to pick from!
The salty, chewy snack might not sound like the healthiest, but you’d be surprised at how many organic and all-natural types are out there these days! Try Whole Foods, which has a good selection of tasty types.
Animal and Graham Crackers
Don’t listen to what anyone says. You’re never too old for animal crackers! Still, if you feel self-conscious snacking on them, bring a box of graham crackers instead.