Are you getting ready for a road trip? Road trips can be fun, but when you’re following a clean eating lifestyle, things can get a bit challenging. After all, its not like you can stop at the nearest convenience store and load up on clean eats. To help you get ready your road trip. here are ten clean eating snacks that you can use as road trip food ideas.
One of my favorite clean eating snacks is chia pudding . But I have to tell you, it’s kind of difficult to drive while you’re holding a jar of chia pudding.
Trust me, I’ve tried.
The best healthy road trip snacks don’t necessarily come in a package or with a nutrition label. They are fresh, water-rich-whole fruits and vegetables (with skins to keep them fresh).
Foods like apples, carrots, celery sticks, kiwis, pears, peaches, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries and grapes are great because they’re naturally water-rich (which helps keep you full), don’t require refrigeration (for short term) and are easy to pack. Eating fresh produce also has added benefits because their skins are packed with phytonutrients and vitamins that are immune-boosting and help keep bodies healthy and strong.
Lastly, choosing naturally water-rich produce keeps bodies hydrated and staying hydrated is paramount, especially if you’re prone to motion sickness while on the road.
Raw nuts are one of my all time favorite healthy snacks. Notice that I didn’t say any of the following: roasted, honey roasted, flavored or salted. It may sound like I’m getting a little “nutty” on you, but most snack nuts that people buy from the grocery store aren’t actually healthy. Things to watch out for when buying pre-packaged nuts are added sugar, salt and artificial flavoring.
Note: Peanuts are not actually nuts, but legumes. So, I’m “nut” talking about them here.
Here are some nuts that are on top of my list.
Almonds are a great source of magnesium. One ounce of almonds has a whopping 20 percent of the recommended daily allowance of magnesium. Grab a handful of raw almonds everyday.
Walnuts are not only rich in antioxidants but are a mega source of omega-3 fats. Omega 3 are great for brain and heart health.
Brazilian nuts, don’t get the credit they deserve even though they are all sorts of amazing. Just three Brazilian nuts contain 270 mcg selenium. Did you hear me? Three Brazilian nuts do all of that.
Why should you care?
Selenium plays a pivotal role in lowering oxidative stress which helps improve immunity and increases wellbeing. It also improves cognitive function, enhances heart health and even reduces the risk of certain cancers. I personally eat 3 everyday.
Pay attention to the serving size, and don’t eat over the recommended serving size of selenium a day as too much of a good thing is not good.
If you like granola, you’ll like traveling with this grain free recipe. It’s a delicious, clean snack and contains nuts, seeds, spices, maple syrup and so much goodness. Make ahead and pack to go! Try my grain free granola recipe here.
Dry snack seaweed is a great source of iodine, easy to pack and a must on your next road trip. Iodine supports healthy thyroid health. and low levels of iodine have even been associated with some cancers. It also contains lots of great vitamins and antioxidants too.
If you’re a fan of beef jerky, then it’s time to get your beef jerky on. And guess what? This is grass fed beef that comes with a plethora of benefits. Not to mention, grass fed beef of course, high in protein and portable too.
Make sure to look out for hidden sugar. These bars have just fruit and chia seeds. That’s it. Benefits of chia seeds include that they’re packed with protein (which helps keep you full), low in calories, chocked full manganese and so much more.
By the way, just a one ounce serving of chia seeds has 11 grams of fiber.
Did you know that? Those small seeds are loaded, and it all comes from plants.
Now you know why I love chia pudding.
I love a good muffin recipe. I may be a bit partial, but homemade carrot muffins are some of my favorites. But, instead of continuing to uosh about it, I’ll just just let you try it for yourself.
Fruit Chips: You can make them yourself using a food dehydrator or buy them. The key is to look for chips with fruit as the main ingredient and no added sugar. The only other added ingredients (if any) could be spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. This is my favorite brand right now.
When it comes to clean eats, these crackers, or should I say flackers, are a great option. The main ingredients are flaxseed, herbs, salt and apple cider. You can top these crackers with anything you’d like. You can make your own or buy some.
Just about everyone loves honey. And fortunately, there’s an easy and convenient way to take wild honey on the road. They’re called honey sticks. What’s great about honey sticks is that not only are they portable, but you can buy wild honey sticks too.
There you have it. You now have a multitude of clean eating snacks just in time for your next road trip.