Healthy Snacks for the Road

By Rachel Harris

Gas stations and fast food are a road trip “go to” for grabbing quick food; however, fried food and soda are not the ideal thing to be eating on long car trips. Burgers slurped down with a Coke do not exactly settle well in your stomach, especially when you are sitting down in a car for long periods of time. But sometimes it seems like there is no other choice. So here are some recipes that are easy to make, healthy, and yummy!

First thing is peanut butter chocolate chip energy bites. These are so simply delicious, plus they’re super easy to make. The individual ingredients are packed with nutrients and protein. In addition, they are gluten free and vegetarian!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

        1 cup of rolled oats

        ½ cup of mini chocolate chips (i prefer dark chocolate)

        ½ cup of your favorite nut butter (i prefer peanut butter, almond butter works too)

        ½ cup of ground flax seed

        ⅓ cup of pure honey

        1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Optional Ingredients:

        1 teaspoon of cinnamon

        1 teaspoon of chia seed

Directions:

        Mix dry ingredients (oats, chocolate chips, flax seed) in a bowl. In this order add vanilla, honey and then your nut butter. Mix all ingredients together then roll into balls. Put in a closed container and leave in the fridge until you are ready to enjoy!


Homemade potato chips are so tasty. They are so much better for you than buying chips from the store. They don’t have the preservatives, artificial flavoring or chemicals store bought chips have. These do take a while to make but are so worth it.

Homemade Potato Chips

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients:

         6 potatoes (you can use sweet potatoes too!)

         extra virgin olive oil

         sea salt

         black pepper

Directions:

        Set your oven to 350. Peel the potatoes one by one. Slice them thinly as soon as you peel them (mandolins are great for this type of job). Potatoes tend to turn brown as soon as you peel them, so put the slices of potatoes into a bowl of cold ice water as you go to avoid browness. After you slice all your potatoes drain the bowl. Sprinkle in olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper to your liking. Place slices in a pan and put in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes until crispy brown. When you take them out of the oven let them cool before you put into a container.


 

Everyone talks about caffeine keeping them awake, but with all the excess sugar and syrup you find in sodas and energy drinks, you’ll be crashing by the next exit. Sodas have phosphoric acid, which can be used to clean a battery or start electricity. Pretty gross right? Infused water is a delicious way to hydrate naturally.

Infused Water

Total time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • water
  • lemon, lime and cucumber
  • blueberry and lime
  • strawberry and cucumber
  • spinach and blackberry

Directions:

   Pick your favorite combination. Slice ingredients. Put your flavors in water and mix!

Tip:

     If you like the fizz soda has, try making the drink with carbonated water. It’ll have the kick that soda has, without the syrups, acids and chemicals.


For a salty and sweet flavor fix on the go, trail mix is your answer. There’s a variety of different foods you can use, but here is a basic layout for what you’ll need.

Trail Mix

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

      pick your favorite(s) (one or two)

Nuts

      pistachios

      almonds

      cashews

      peanuts

      walnuts

      pecans

Dried fruit

      blueberries

      cranberries

      banana

      cherries

Seeds

      sunflower

      flax

      pumpkin

Sweets

     M&M’s

     Your favorite chocolate chips

     Yogurt or Peanut Butter Chips

      Marshmallows

Grains

       cheerios

       granola

       popcorn

       pretzels

Optional add-ins

     cinnamon

     salt

     honey

Directions-

      Pick your favorite one or two ingredients out of each category, mix them all together, and pack them in a closed container or sandwich bags.

These recipes are simple, tasty, and portable which makes them perfect for road trips. Prevent yourself from falling victim to one of the most common road mistakes of an unhealthy diet. Loading your body with caffeine and sugar may keep you awake for a little while, but in the long run you will need natural, wholesome ingredients to stay energized. Make wise food choices on the road and I promise you will thank yourself later!

rachel-harrisABOUT RACHEL: Being a freshman, I’m still trying to discover my true passions in life. However I have a love for the outdoors. I love tumbling, hiking, playing my guitar, ukulele and piano. I love being spontaneous and I’m up for anything that gets my adrenaline pumping. Instagram: sunnrayy Twitter: rachelharriis