Snacks for the Road

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Here’s what snacks you should bring for a healthy and fresh feeling, even after a long day on the road.

I used to grab snacks on our way to our destinations from gas stations and the drive-thru. But by the end of the trip, I felt run down and sluggish from all the sugar and the junk food. I started prepping for trips because I like to start my vacation off from the minute we load our bags in the trunk. We make lots of fun stops and detours and I want to feel top of my game and ready for anything! I’ve come up with these healthy snacks that are delicious, filling, and ready to eat OR easy to prep-n-pack! Enjoy.



These are always my “food before the food” snack


Pumpkin Seeds or Pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)

I usually grab whatever brand is around with no preservatives.





Easy to peel! Peel some before you go and stick in a tupperware container, or just peel on the road! Make sure to keep some wipes around either way. Also, make sure to throw your peels in a garbage can and NOT on the road. It’s still litter!




Homemade Baked Fries

These keep for a while and are healthy! It takes 5 minutes to cut & season, 20 minutes to bake, 25 minutes total. Here’s how:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Toss the following ingredients in a ziplock bag:
    • 2 large spuds
    • 1 tsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • .5 tsp pepper
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 4 drops of liquid smoke (optional)


  3. DO NOT USE NON-STICK SPRAY. It’s extremely terrible for you and full of carcinogens. Use a paper towel to lightly coat the sheet in olive oil.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Let cool for 10 minutes, then store the fries in an easy to pack container!

Baked fries keep you from stopping by the drive-thru and getting oil-drenched friends AND keeps you feeling fuller! The liquid smoke keeps you from needing a dipping sauce, trust me.




Homemade Trail Mix

  • 2 cup whole grain Cheerios (lightly sweetened Cheerios are great)
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 apples sliced then cut into chunks
  • 2 mandarins (peeled and pulled into slices)
  • 1 cup almonds (or you could just get 2 cups of the same kind of nuts or mixed, it doesn’t matter)

This is a snack that is sweet and salty that you don’t have to feel guilty about. Prepackaged trail mixes have so much processed sugar per serving size that you’re bound to feel terrible by the end of the day if you load up on stuff like that.




Baked Cauliflower

These are easy to make and also have lots of flavor. That’s why I love them!

These are best eaten with a fork, but you can eat with your hands if you need to. Just keep those wipes around.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Separate 2 cauliflower heads into florets (for those who’ve never prepared this before, just break apart with your hands. It’s so much cheaper to buy a head of cauliflower than the prepared florets)
  3. Combine all of this stuff into a Ziplock bag and toss:
    • florets
    • 1 tbsp real maple syrup
    • 1 tsp Sriracha
    • 1 tsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • .5 tsp pepper
  4. DO NOT USE NONSTICK SPRAY.  Lightly coat sheet with olive oil if you feel like you need to. Spread cauliflower apart so that it has room to “breath” and doesn’t end up being steamed. Use 2 sheets if you need to.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes
  6. Pack in a container, bring forks. Hit the road!

I derived this recipe from a recipe I found online, but I couldn’t handle how sticky and spicy it was, so I modified it. This makes it easier to pick up with your hands and makes it mild enough to eat without having to take a drink of water after every bite! Either way, it’s delicious. Here’s the original recipe.





I make my own popcorn (for health reasons) and it is so much better tasting than microwaved popcorn. It takes about 10 minutes.

  1. Add 1 tbsp Earth Balance Soy-Free “butter” (or any other sub you want, but Earth Balance is healthier) to a soup pot
  2. coat the bottom of the pot with popcorn kernels
  3. Turn on medium heat and put the lid on (when we didn’t have a pot with a lid, my husband would improvise with a cookie sheet on top of the pot!)
  4. When you get more than 30 seconds between pops, it’s done!
  5. Let cool and season with All Purpose Seasoning Salt and pepper or whatever you like!
  6. Divide into baggies. Repeat if you feel like you need more.




Hope you guys enjoy these snacks! Happy (and delicious) trails, you guys!


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5 thoughts on “Snacks for the Road

  1. Julie says:

    Popcorn is a great idea! I hadn’t thought about it, but I will definitely pack some popcorn for my next road trip. We always have mandarins, too 🙂


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