Sure, sweet, salty, crunchy, and portable treats are the name of the game. That doesn’t have to mean rushing through the grocery store shelves. You can make lighter, healthier versions of many of these favorites at home. Top it off with plenty of fresh fruit and veg and water, and you’ll start your road trip off on the right foot. Here are some options to consider in our recipe finder.
Homemade Cheez Its. This riff on the mini cracker is thicker and cheesier than what you buy at the store. They can be kept for up to a week, meaning you’ll likely have enough for both legs of your trip, assuming they’re not all gobbled up at once.
Nutty oat bars. A drive often begins early in the morning, before we have had breakfast. For a meal on the go, these oatmeal, nut, seed and dried fruit bars are a great option whether you want to eat before or after getting in the car. Like many of the recipes here, this one comes from our Nourish columnist, Ellie Krieger.
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Whole wheat blueberry muffins with honey and cardamom. As with the oat bars, Ellie offers a better casserole, this time made with whole wheat flour, infused with the tenderizing effects of yogurt and honey.
Fruit and nut energy bars. These slightly chewy bars contain no flour, egg or added sugar and boast an appealing crunch from the mix of seeds and nuts.
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Spicy muesli snack mix. Sure, we all love boxed Chex mixes. Ellie suggests a healthier strategy that includes olive oil, chickpea snacks, whole wheat pita chips, and, yes, rice or wheat chex.
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Quick Homemade Hummus. Four years and a car later, I’m still recovering from making our then 1-year-old son eat hummus at a pit stop en route to the beach. However, if you’re not worried about a baby smearing all over your dashboard, then this favorite is ideal for bagging in containers for a filling, high-protein snack. Pair it with whole grain crackers or raw vegetables.
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Lunch box charcuterie. Let all your travelers choose their favorite mix of crackers, fruit, veggies, cheese and cold cuts, then pack them into a handy bento box. The combo allows everyone to eat as much or as little as they want, whenever they want.
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