Is holiday travel a part of your family’s plans this Thanksgiving or Christmas? You’ll want to be prepared for the road trip with healthy snacks in-hand, especially if you have kids in tow. Some of the most miserable road trips are those that don’t have the right snacks. Take it from me, a mom of 3, you need these healthy snacks in the car!
~This post is sponsored by Sensible Portions, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.~
We’re on a road trip this weekend, with our soccer family, for a pre-holiday soccer tournament. The trip is taking us roughly 4 hours each way. When you have 3 small kids in the car, that’s a loooooong time. While I’m hoping the kids sleep most of the way, I know it just isn’t realistic.
So, in preparation for our road trip, we made a list of healthy snacks that are sure to keep everyone happy.
Why are healthy snacks important for a road trip?
When I was a kid, road trip snacks consisted of chips, candy, cookies, soda, anything and everything that brought us joy (at least we thought it did). Do you remember ever stopping at a gas station along the way and just raiding the entire snack aisle? Yea, that was us.
The problem, was all of that junk food weighed us down. We’d eat so much that our stomachs hurt, making the car ride miserable. Hurting bellies, plus a long road trip, equals nothing but disaster. And if bad snacks weren’t the case, not having any snacks at all meant we’d stop for fast food, which isn’t much better.
One of the problems I have now, is that sometimes my kids get car sick on long road trips. Add junk food and fast food to that, and we’d have to make sure we have paper bags on our checklist too. Yuck!
Healthy snacks, in moderate portions, help our kids tremendously when we’re on a road trip. They’re not so overwhelmed with junk and the snacks help to calm any butterflies they may have in their bellies.
Luckily, it isn’t at all hard for my kids to pick out healthy snacks for our road trips. Even my picky eater can always find something he’s ready and willing to snack on, like Sensible Portions Veggie Straws.
That said, let’s talk about some healthy snacks for holiday travel.
Sensible Portions Veggie Straws
As I just mentioned, Sensible Portions Veggie Straws are one my kids’ favorite healthy snacks. My kids love potato chips, but I don’t like all the extra “stuff” in them. So when I discovered my kids liked Veggie Straws, I just knew it was the perfect match. Veggie Straws have that same crispy, crunchy texture, but are way healthier.
- Made with garden-grown potatoes and vegetables.
- 3 tasty flavors – Sea Salt, Zesty Ranch, Cheddar Cheese.
- No artificial flavors.
- No artificial preservatives.
- 30% less fat.
- 0 mg cholesterol and 0 g trans fat per serving (38 straws per serving).
- Certified Kosher and gluten-free.
In preparation for our holiday road trip this weekend, my kids and I went to Walmart to pick up our healthy snacks. Of course, they know exactly where the Sensible Portions Veggie Straws are located in the store – the healthy snack section – so I was more or less following them through the store.
My son grabbed the Sea Salt flavor and my daughter grabbed the biggest bag of Zesty Ranch she could find. My little ranch obsessed girl knows exactly what she wants. For road trips, we usually buy the variety pack of Veggie Straws, but our store was out of those. I guess everyone else was prepping for holiday travel too!
When your sweet tooth hits during a road trip, fruit is a great way to satisfy it. Apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, you name it. We decided to buy a big bag of apples, cut them up, and portion them into servings.
If you don’t want to deal with that additional prep, you can easily buy the little apple snack packs that are already sliced and ready to eat. Or even get a fruit tray that has a variety of options, packed and ready to go.
Applesauce pouches are also a great option, especially since they come in different flavors, like apple, strawberry, cinnamon, and mango, and are great for little hands.
Fresh vegetables are another great healthy snack for holiday travel. Just like fruit, you can buy vegetables, like celery, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli florets, and portion them into servings. Add some individual sized dips and this healthy snack is complete!
Again, if you don’t want to do the additional prep work, store-bought veggie trays work just as well.
Turkey & Cheese Packs
Turkey and cheese is a favorite combo in my house, and a healthy one at that. Whether you go with deli turkey and sliced cheese (turkey roll ups perhaps), or take the route of turkey sausage sticks and cubed cheese, it’s a tasty and easy snack for road trips.
Sandwiches & Wraps
If your holiday travel is going to be really long or you’ll be traveling during a meal time, sandwiches and wraps are awesome. And both are healthier than stopping at a drive-thru. Just make a few sandwiches or wraps ahead of your trip, bag them up and meal time on the road is covered. Include some Sensible Portions Veggie Straws on the side and you’ve got a complete meal!
In a nutshell, these are my family’s go-to healthy snacks for holiday travel. After our trip to Walmart, we portioned out the Sensible Portions Veggie Straws into servings, cut up the apples into slices, and packed everything into lunch packs so that everyone had their own snacks (a little tip for avoiding melt downs in the car when the kids don’t want to share).
So far our road trip has gone as good as I could have imagined, but we’ve still got the trip back home. And you better believe we made sure to bring enough healthy snacks for the second leg of our trip!