Car’s packed, tunes are going, and you can feel the excitement as you head out onto the open road. Roads trips are great fun.
Along with music choice, snacks make up an important component of the road-tripping experience. And whilst it’s easy to stock up on crisps and junk food, fuelling yourself with healthy, wholesome snacks is essential to avoiding tiredness and fatigue and keeping your immune system strong. Nothing ruins a road trip like getting ill!
Here are some healthy snacking options to consider:
Superfood dried fruit and seeds
Dried fruits and seeds will give you sustained energy and help curb any cravings for sweet, processed foods. These also have a great shelf life in case you’re on a particularly long adventure. Here are some great options:
- Pumpkin seeds – source of fibre and protein
- Goji berries – packed with antioxidants, fibre and minerals
- White mulberries – good source of fibre and iron which contributes to the functioning of the immune system, blood and energy production
- Banana Chips – rich source of magnesium and potassium
- Cacao Nibs – chocolatey treats high in copper and magnesium
- Coconut flakes – subtly sweet and nutty source of fibre
Nuts provide a great source of healthy fats, protein, and fibre, along with micronutrients. Alternate between cashews, almonds, macadamia and brazil nuts to get maximum health benefits. Also, try to avoid artificial flavours, added salt, and preservatives when buying your nuts. Raw nuts tend to be the healthiest option.
Veggies like carrots, bell peppers, celery and cucumbers are great snacks to take on the road as they can be chopped up and eaten with dips such as hummus and guacamole. Veggies provide a range of important micronutrients and antioxidants which will support your immune system and keep you feeling fresh.
Similarly to fresh veggies, fruits are super convenient and full of great nutrients. Some convenient options include apples, bananas, blueberries, pears, and grapes - pretty much any fruit that can be eaten without too much preparation.
No-bake Protein Balls / Bites
We often forget about protein when we’re on the road, and traditional snacks like crisps and chocolate are usually low in protein. It’s difficult to take main meals on the go and, given these meals are where our major source of protein comes from, we tend not to get enough of the nutrient on the road. However, that’s where snacks like protein bites can be very useful – make a large batch, load them with protein powder and enjoy up to 15g of protein per bite!
A simple base to make any protein ball includes:
- 60g plant-based protein powder - We have a wide range of protein powders, from unflavoured pea, rice, pumpkin and hemp protein to deliciously flavourful superfood mixes such as Acai Strawberry Protein Blend and Banana Baobab Protein Blend.
- 3 cups gluten free oats
- 1 cup nut butter
- 2 tbsp sticky sweetener like maple or agave syrup
Then go ahead and add whatever else you fancy like seeds and berries, or immune boosting superfoods such as spirulina, hemp, or baobab. For a boost of energy consider adding superfoods like cacao powder, cacao nibs, maca, and hemp protein.
Homemade protein bars are so much better than most of the bars you get in shops which tend to be filled to the brim with refined sugars and fats (as opposed to nutrients). Homemade bars are packed with healthy wholesome ingredients.
Superfood Nut Butter Banana Roll-Ups
These banana roll ups are a super easy and fun little recipe that takes seconds to whip up and are sure to go down a treat. Simply spread your nut butter onto the tortilla, sprinkle over your superfood of choice (we’d recommend maca and cacao nibs), add a banana, wrap, and slice it up. Here are all the ingredients you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons nut butter (almond, cashew, peanut)
- 1 large banana
- Wholewheat tortilla
- 1 tsp cacao nibs
- 1 tsp maca powder