The 20 Best Road Trip Snacks for Your Next Adventure

The 20 Best Road Trip Snacks for Your Next Adventure

If you had to scale back your travel plans this year, a road trip might be the adventure you need to boost your spirits. And no scenic drive would be complete without some healthy road trip snacks!

Whether you’re planning a full-on road trip with your “quaran-team” of friends, or driving to a nearby trail for a solo hike, these snacks will fuel whatever you have planned. Even if the longest journey in your foreseeable future is a trip to the grocery store, you’ll be happy you have these nutrient-packed snacks in the car.

From recipes you can prep in advance to grab-and-go snacks you can find at the supermarket or order online, check out our list of the best snacks for a road trip.

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10 Make-Ahead Road Trip Snacks

If you’re planning a long road trip, fill up a cooler with these healthy homemade snacks.

1. Greek Mango Snack

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This protein-packed snack is made with just three ingredients. Store it in a cooler to enjoy when you need a sweet snack on the road.

Get the recipe here.

2. Jicama Lime Sticks

Healthy Meal Prep Snacks - jicama sticks and eggs

Take a trip to the tropics with this super easy and filling snack. Slice jicama into sticks, drizzle with lime juice, and sprinkle with chili powder.

Get the recipe here.

3. Apples, Nut Butter, and Popcorn

Vegan Meal Prep - Snack with apples and popcorn

When you need a quick, crunchy snacks, this simple vegan meal prep favorite will have everyone in the car asking for seconds.

Get the recipe here.

4. Carrots and Hummus with Fruit

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Grab these healthy items from your fridge for an easy and balanced snack.

Get the recipe here.

5. Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut

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Say goodbye to boring fruit cups. This easy fruit salad — made with tropical fruits tossed with shredded coconut — is the tasty and healthy treat you crave on a long drive.

Get the recipe here.

6. No Bake Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Balls

vegan gingerbread cookies

Packed with ginger, almond butter, and dates, these no-bake gingerbread balls are the perfect sweet-and-spicy snack.

Get the recipe here.

7. Keto Bagels

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For an early-morning drive, whip up these low-carb bagels made with cauliflower rice, almond flour, and coconut flour.

Get the recipe here.

8. Almond Butter Banana Quesadilla

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With 6 grams of protein and just 234 calories, this quesadilla is the perfect pick-me-up. To keep the bananas from browning, pack the unpeeled banana separately and add it just before cooking. (This is a great campfire skillet recipe!)

Get the recipe here.

9. Healthier Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with this gluten-free banana bread. If you’re trying to cut out added sugar, just leave out the semi-sweet chocolate chips!

Get the recipe here.

10. Peppermint Protein Balls

chocolate protein peppermint balls

This sweet treat is made with LADDER Plant-Based Nutrition Shake to keep you fueled throughout your ride.

Get the recipe here.

 

10 Pre-Packaged Road Trip Snacks

If you need a quick bite to hold you over between food stops, try these packaged snacks. To stay fuller for longer — and avoid over-snacking on a long car ride — mix and match to get a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. (For example, enjoy the cheese with a few nuts and a handful of chickpea puffs.)

1. Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs

With yummy flavors like Bohemian Barbecue and Sriracha Sunshine, these tasty puffs are a great gluten-free, vegan snack.

Get them here.

2. Karma Nuts

In a convenient grab-and-go pouch, these cashews pack tons of flavor. Order a variety pack for your road trip and sample flavors like peri peri, toasted coconut, or cinnamon.

Get them here.

3, Justin’s Peanut Butter Pouches

Whether you’re eating this out of the pouch or squeezing it onto an apple, you can’t go wrong keeping a couple of these handy.

Get them here.

4. Babybel Cheese

With 5 grams of protein each, Babybel Original Cheese wheels are the go-to snack whenever you’re craving something creamy. (Plus the wax wrapper is fun to fidget with if you’re getting antsy on a long drive.)

Get them here.

5. GoGo Squeeze Organic Applesauce

Applesauce pouches aren’t just for kids! They’re also a great option for a mess-free, super-tasty road trip snack.

Get them here.

6. Joolies Pitted Dates

These naturally sweet pitted dates are so easy to keep in the car for whenever you need a small snack with a bit of sweetness.

Get them here.

7. Oloves Olives

Finally, olives you can eat that won’t spill all over the place! This handy resealable bag is perfect for throwing in your bag on the way out the door.

Get them here.

8. Organic Chewy Banana Bites

When you need a fruity fix on the go, try this healthier take on fried banana chips. These chewy banana bites are made with just one ingredient — organic bananas.

Get them here.

9. PigOut Pigless Pork Rinds

Pork rinds on a list of healthy road trip snacks?! They may not be the epitome of healthy snacking, but this plant-based version is baked instead of fried — and if you stick to the serving size, it has 7 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat per serving.

Get them here.

10. Swaha Popped Water Lily

Water lily seeds are one of the new “it” foods on the market. With 160 calories and 3 grams of protein per 2-cup serving, you’ll see why they’re a fan favorite.

Get them here.

 

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Magdalena O'Neal

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Magdalena O'Neal is the Editorial Assistant at Openfit. Coming to Los Angeles from Oakland, California she has self published a book of poetry, written for Brit + Co., and has been studying creative writing and journalism for the last 7 years. She loves baking and coming up with new recipes to fuel her vegan and gluten free companions!

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