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Road Trip Travel Snacks



Adventure’s out there! 
The summer months are made for the most epic road trips. For us, anything to get us out of the Florida heat during the summer months is a win! Right now I’m on an epic trek with my kiddos that is taking us from Tampa, FL to upstate NY… pretty much to the Canadian border.

Since we’re on the road in a Prius for three weeks, I knew I needed to get serious about finding the best road trip travel snacks. Don’t get me wrong, Sour Patch Kids and Good n Plenty’s are always first to mind, but they certainly are not the best choice– haha!  Especially for long road trips like this when we need snacks that will fuel my body and curb my sweet tooth. For that, I def lean towards snacks that are nutritious and give us the energy we need… without leaving us feeling super heavy and having to stop to use the bathroom 1,000 times. I can only take so many public bathrooms.

Clare and Jackson have been road tripping since Jackson was 3 years old and Clare was 1 1/2 when we moved across country from LA to Tampa. My kids are road trip pros by now and each year helps me make better choices as we pack our bags. I asked them to help me come up with a list of our favorite road trip travel snacks:

MASON JAR :: First things first, we never leave home without our mason jars! Of course, before we leave the house, we fill them with frozen green smoothies for the first length of our trip. Once they defrost and we drink those down, we rinse them out at our next location (this trip it was my brother’s house in North Carolina) and use them for the rest of the trip to fill up with water at Starbucks (they literally have the best tasting water out there).

DRIED FRUIT :: I’m a huge fan of Made In Nature snacks. They are a staple in my pantry and are packed in my Prius right now too! They have a wide variety of dried fruit and nuts that are readily available at Target, Costco and other major grocery stores. My go to is the dried mango— they have amazing dried mango! What I love most is that it’s unsweetened and organic—making it pure plant goodness. Ahh it is so good and keeps me going when I need an energy boost on a long stretch of the drive. I’ll crank up my Pandora 90’s Rock station and nosh on mango strips. They also happen to be Clare and Jackson’s favorite too, which means I am guilty of quietly opening the pack so they don’t hear me and ask for some.

DRIED NUTS ::  I could literally eat fruit all day long… but I’ve learned that it’s super important to add in plant-based protein too. So nuts and seeds are my jam. I like to keep raw cashews on hand and have recently gotten addicted to Figgy Pops. It’s a mix of nuts and fruits in a ball, which makes them perfect to pop in my mouth while driving. Honestly, with Made in Nature, you really can’t go wrong though, all of their snacks are Non-GMO and Organic.

APPLES + ORANGES :: These hearty fruits are the best to keep in your bag or stashed in the back of your car. Whenever we start to feel dried out from being in the car for so long, we grab a piece of fresh fruit and soak it all in. The natural sugars and juices always give us an extra boost when we need it most!

Having snacks available while traveling is so important because you just never know when you will be stopping for your next meal. As you know, healthy choices are not always readily available on the road. Having a stash of road trip travel snacks has saved us many of times from “mom flipping off the handle” moments and impulsive fast food drive thrus!

Your Turn to Share!

If you have any questions about snack road tripping with kids, feel free to ask in the comments below. I would love to help you out based on my experience… or hear any recommendations you have to help me out too! So spill the greens and let’s help each other make road trips healthier and happier one mile at a time!

PS: We have an awesome Made in Nature Road Trip giveaway happening right now too. You seriously do not want to miss this! You could win $100 in Made in Nature snacks (that’s a whole lotta mango!), a $150 visa gift card for gas + other travel essentials, $100 iTunes for road trip tunes, AND $150 to Target (YES!!!!!). Incredible, right? You will be completely set for your next road trip!

Click here to enter the Road Trip Giveaway (and definitely tell me where your road trip adventure is taking you!)

 

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  1. Raimey Gallant

    July 13th, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Hi Jen! I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. I searched high and low for people blogging about things that I care about (yummy healthy eating inclusive) and found you! Here are the details: https://raimeygallant.com/2017/07/12/imablogstar/ You’ll have to scroll down past the bit where I accept my nominations to find the brief write-up about your blog.

  2. Jen Hansard

    July 14th, 2017 at 12:47 am

    NO WAY?!!! I am SOOOOO honored! Thanks Raimey for taking time out of your day to do this. I sorta wish I could hug you through the screen. xoxoxoxoxox

  3. Kate Stoll

    July 13th, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I always buy a couple of bags of frozen ready to eat edamame in their pods from Trader Joe’s- they thaw in the cooler bag but still keep for a couple of days refrigerated or in the cooler- and they are a great tasty green protein!

  4. Jen Hansard

    July 14th, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Oh yes…. edamame are amaze-balls! Great tip Kate— esp to get the frozen ones which are usually cheaper and you get more of them at Traders. Woohoo!

  5. Rhubarb

    July 13th, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Green beans. Easy to eat like fries, plus give a good crunch. Also like to cook up some spiced pumpkin muffins before hand. Personally, I’m not so into the dried fruit, because I find it too easy to eat way too many and totally overdose on the fructose.

  6. Jen Hansard

    July 14th, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Green beans!!! I love that! I’m totally gonna get some before we head out on our next leg of the trip (Syracuse NY => New Haven, CT).

  7. Andrea Edleblute

    July 14th, 2017 at 9:18 am

    We love apples and oranges on the road too, but I usually pre-cut them for a mess-free snack. Also, snap peas, celery sticks (for our chicken salad) and a new favorite, raspberries stuffed with a dairy-free chocolate chip! Road trips are so much more fun with snacks!

  8. Jen Hansard

    July 14th, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Oh, I like your thinking with the raspberry + chocolate chip combo!

  9. Jessica

    July 14th, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I love these ideas! Thank you! Perfect timing as I am getting ready to travel from a Iowa to California with my kids (and dog) sans husband for a month too. So inspiring hearing others are doing this with real food too. How do you freeze your smoothies in glass jars? Last time I tried freezing mason jars they all cracked.

  10. Jen Hansard

    July 14th, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    No way?! Def sounds like we’re in the same boat. 1 month without the husband while on the road… so fun! When I freeze the smoothies, I make sure there’s at least an inch (maybe two) of space at the top to allow for expansion. I’ve never had an issue with them cracking… I also use Ball mason jars. Not sure if it’s the combination of the two or what, but it’s never been a problem for me. Hope you have a great trip to CA Jessica!

  11. neimah

    July 15th, 2017 at 10:57 am

    i am planning on starting the simple green smoothies plan.
    i have a question
    what is the eating plan for the other meals.
    any help that you cn provide will be appreciated.
    thanks
    neimah

  12. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    July 20th, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Hi Neimah,

    YAY!! So excited to hear you’re getting on the smoothie train! Our goal for you is to add one green smoothie to your day in addition to your regular diet. For me when completing a smoothie challenge, I try to fuel my meals with plenty of plant-powered goodness.

    Check out Let’s Eat: Dinner Made Simple for some of our favorites..

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/product/lets-eat

    If you’re interested, you can use your green smoothie as a meal replacement. We suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you fuel your body with a complete meal. Learn more about our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

    Hope this helps! Have any other questions before getting started? Don’t hesitate to reach out!

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