What is the best part of a road trip? Well to me, it is listening to my favorite tunes, and munching on favorite snacks along the way. On my recent spring break trip to Texas, I wanted to stay paleo-compliant, but still have some options, so here are some suggestions for your next road trip adventure…and just a reminder – some of these are truly meant to be “treats” (vacations are for splurging a bit!) and not recommended for your daily diet.
- Raisins – They are good for you AND good to eat! Raisins are packed with anti-oxidants, fiber and potassium, and come in little boxes that are handy to carry around when you need a quick energy boost.
- Fresh fruit – We found many larger gas stations along the way had bananas and apples, and of course you can always pack up some of your favorites to bring along, especially if you have a cooler to keep grapes, cut melon, etc. cold.
- Pork Rinds – Here is a snack that feels more like a gas station / road trip kind of treat! Surprisingly pork rinds (get the kind with no fancy flavoring – make sure to check the label) are paleo-approved, and a good option when you are craving chips or pretzels. In fact, they have 9x the protein and less fat than potato chips (in a 1 oz sample there were 0 carbs, 17 grams of protein and 9 grams of fat – and of that fat, 43% was unsaturated.) They can even be dipped in hot sauce for a little extra flavor!
- FYV Granola – Did you know that our Feed Your Vitality granola is considered extremely addictive and delicious? It includes nuts, coconut, honey and all kinds of healthy ingredients. Stock up and include this in your bag of treats for the car!
- Nuts – Another staple that you can easily find while you make stops along the way…just be sure to stay away from peanuts and go with natural, unsalted almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, etc. Even a handful will provide protein and fiber and help fill you up!
- Jerky – Sometimes you just need something more substantial on your trip, and jerky is a solid choice – it is high in protein and doesn’t raise your insulin levels. You need to carefully check the labels here though to ensure a brand that isn’t full of high sodium ingredients – look for natural ingredients. FYV sells BBQ Beef Jerky and BBQ Turkey Jerky – these are healthier choices, so you may want to order some before you go. Somewhere in Oklahoma or Texas we passed a road side stand selling homemade buffalo jerky and my husband offered to stop…unfortunately I am not as adventurous as some of my co-workers (Ashley for example has tried everything from antelope jerky to ostrich jerky!) and I was very content to nibble on my turkey jerky as we passed on by the buffalo jerky stand…
- Hard boiled eggs – Not much simpler than this one, and another great way to get some protein. Sarah, our kitchen manager, said she loves to bring these on trips. And you may find some hard boiled eggs at some of the larger gas stations along the way.
- Unsweetened Applesauce – Last week I said that this is one of my new favorite snacks. I brought a little six pack of these (like the kind you would put in a school lunch) – just don’t forget some plastic spoons!
- Freeze dried Fruit – Many stores now offer freeze dried fruit in all kinds of varieties; I’ve seen apples, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, mango and my very favorite, pineapple (the little pieces are a great substitute for candy!) Again it is important to check the label to make sure there is no added sugar.
- Paleo muffins, cookies, brownies etc. – Okay, these would be more difficult to find along the way. Get organized before you hit the road, and order a few of your favorites from Feed Your Vitality. You will be glad you did when you get a craving for something sweet!
We’re already planning our summer vacation road trip! Do you have any suggestions for treats that you like to bring with you? Let me know!