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Car-Friendly Healthy Snacks for Family Vacations

Alyssa Simon • Jul 12, 2015

During the summer, many families are on the go with vacations and road trips. Traveling is a great way to spend time with the family, but it can also mean less structure with regular meals and snacks. Quick and easy fast food often replaces fresh food, and boredom in the car may be filled with mindless munching on chips and candy.

While you can’t always control the meal options you face on the road, you can control the snacks. By packing these car-friendly healthy snack ideas, you can ensure that your family is prepared with good nutrition and limited junk food!

Car-friendly Healthy Snacks

·      Apples or bananas with peanut butter or soy nut butter (you can bring a jar or bring individual “dipper” containers)

Road trip tail mix- let the kids put together their own trail mix using ingredients such as Cheerios or Chex cereal, nuts, pretzels, popcorn, Goldfish crackers, dried fruit, yogurt raisins, dark chocolate chips, and marshmallows
  • Veggie sticks and hummus*   child-family-driving
  • Whole grain crackers and string cheese*
  • Mini bagels with peanut butter or soy nut butter and jelly
  • Yogurt tubes (drinkable or squeezable)*
  • Fruit leathers and granola bars
  • Applesauce- toss in walnuts for extra protein
  • Pretzel sticks and turkey slices*
  • Homemade muffins and fresh fruit
  • Animal crackers and milk or soymilk to-go
  • Frosted toaster pastries such as Nature’s Path or Amy’s
  • Dry roasted edamame (soybeans)
  • Hard boiled eggs* and peapods
  • Rice cakes with peanut butter or soy nut butter
  • Celery sticks and whipped cream cheese*
  • Homemade baked potato chips
  • Clementines- eat with nuts such as almonds for extra protein
  • On-the-go tuna and cracker packs
  • Mini pita pockets with deli turkey and cheese*
  • Graham crackers with peanut butter or soy nut butter
  • Dried apricots and almonds
  • Grapes and mini cheese wheels*
  • Turkey jerky
  • Fig newton cookies

* Indicates the need for refrigeration. You should bring a small cooler with ice packs or bags filled with ice to keep these foods safe!

Remember to also bring lots of water to keep the family hydrated. 100% juice boxes are okay to have occasionally, but the majority of fluids consumed should be water. 









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Written by Alyssa SimonWritten on Jul 12, 2015Last updated on Jul 23, 2015




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