Searching for snacks and healthy eating options are one of the most difficult choices you face during a road trip. These easy snacks offer a quick fix that saves time as well as money on your next journey.
1. Trail Mix
Trail mix is entirely based on your own tastes. There are so many combinations to try but for a simple mix, include cashews, chocolate chips, pretzels, peanuts and a selection of dried fruits. You can add special seasoning but it’s just as delicious without any additional flavors.
2. Sweet And Salty Popcorn
Popcorn is a great selection for long trips but why not change the flavor. Place the popped corn in to a large plastic bag. Sprinkle two teaspoons of sugar and cinnamon into the bag and shake well. The flavor offers just a hint of sweetness that matches the salty taste.
3. Celery Stalks And Carrot Sticks
Celery stalks and carrot sticks have long been popular choices for short road trips, but why not combine them. Cut celery stalks in half leaving the indented portion in tact. Place a layer of peanut butter or chocolate spread directly on the indentation only. Slice the carrot sticks in half and place one over the spread for a tight fit.
4. Roasted Sunflower Seeds
Roasted sunflower seeds offer a healthy snack option for longer road trips. Place unshelled and uncooked seeds in a pan. Set the oven to 300 degrees. Cooking times vary but usually last around 30 minutes. Constantly monitor the oven t0 prevent overcooking.
5. Baked Chips
Baked chips are another healthy snack that is easy to prepare. It also saves money on prepackaged chips. Chop two large potatoes or sweet potatoes into thin slices. Place the slices on a cookie sheet and cover with a thin coat of vegetable oil or olive oil. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and cook the chips for at least 25 minutes.
6. Cereal Mix
Cereal mix is not just for breakfast anymore. Take a few of your favorite brands and mix them together into small plastic bags. Introduce yogurt chips for a surprising flavor that lasts throughout the day.
7. Peanut Butter Wraps
Wraps are a great alternative to traditional sandwiches. These delicious choices last longer than wraps featuring easy to spoil ingredients. Place your preferred amount of peanut butter on precooked wraps. Roll up each one and your done.
The unique flavor and crunch of edamame makes it a satisfying snack during trips. Get a package of fresh or frozen edamame. Place the entire bag on a cookie sheet and cover with a hint of vegetable oil. Cover with your preferred seasoning and cook for 15 to 20 minutes in a 375 degree oven.
9. Dried Apples And Bananas
Save money on buying prepacked fruits with this easy to follow snack. Clean the fruit and cook at 200 degrees until fully dried. Cooking times will vary based on the level of crispiness. Always watch the oven closely to prevent any burning or over drying.
10. Spicy Cashews
Cashews offer their own special flavor that perfectly complements spices. Place a cup of cashews in a plastic bag and introduce a teaspoon of cayenne powder. Shake vigorously to ensure the mixture hits all of the bag.
11. White Chocolate Pretzel Sticks
Melting white chocolate is a difficult process so skip that step. Instead, buy a white chocolate candy bar. Lay out the pretzels in a microwave safe bowl and heat them up for 10 to 15 seconds. Use a grater to sprinkle the pieces over pretzels. The heat will slightly melt the shavings onto the surface.
12. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are a versatile selection when hunger strikes. Precook the seeds for 40 minutes at 300 degrees. Make sure the seeds evenly cover the entire cookie sheet and turn them over after 25 minutes of cooking. Place smaller portions in separate plastic bags and sprinkle with your preferred seasoning.
13. Almonds And Chocolate Chips
This is a simple mixture that brings out sweet flavors. Use semisweet chips to bring a lower level of sweetness or rely on milk chocolate pieces for the sweetest options. Buy precooked almonds if you need to save even more time. Simply put one cup of chips and three cups of almonds into each bag.
14. Bite-Sized No-Bake Nachos
This quick snack is easy to fix before you leave home. Take cooked wraps and slice them into equal pieces. Sprinkle cheddar cheese and lettuce over the pieces. Place in a cooler with ice so the nachos will last a bit longer. Eat the nachos within 30 minutes of the starting point to avoid food poisoning.
15. Yogurt Chips and Granola Pieces
Bring a breakfast inspired taste to the road trip with this flavorful pairing. Start by breaking granola bars into small pieces. Take the pieces and evenly blend them with yogurt pieces. Be sure to keep this mixture away from heaters or warm elements to prevent any melting.