Road Trip Snacks – Healthy & Convenient

Family Reading Map on Side of RoadIt’s summertime. Time for pools, playing outside, and of course, road trips. The staff at our Center for Healthy Lifestyles always hear the questions: What are healthy snacks to take on road trips? How can we eat healthy while traveling?

You no longer have to feel worried about eating healthy while you travel. We’ve complied a list of healthy road trip snacks and meals that will leave you feeling full and healthy and most of all, not guilty!


Fruit that has an edible peel or can be peeled easily will tolerate a road trip without refrigeration. They grow outside year-round without refrigeration. Choose fresh fruit that is not bruised or blemished. There is no estimated shelf-life. You will be able to tell if the fruit is mushy in places or if bananas are over-ripe.

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Dried fruit like raisins, craisins, cherries, etc.


If a beverage was bought in a refrigerated section, then continue to keep it cool in a cooler. Beverages that are bought at room temperature can be drank at room temp depending on personal preferences for chilliness.

  • Water
  • Unsweetened teas and fruit drinks
  • 100% fruit juices
  • Skim or 1% milk

Pre-bagged Snacks

Animal CrackersMake sure you peek at the nutrition label to see the proper serving size.

  • Dry animal crackers
  • Vanilla wafers (reduced-fat if desired)
  • Teddy grahams
  • Graham crackers
  • Whole-grain crackers
  • Dry whole-grain cereals (mix 2-3 of your favorites with some dried fruit and a few nuts for your own trail mix)
  • Baked chips and pretzels

Dining Out

  • Look for baked, roasted, steamed or grilled instead of fried
  • Order the original size or child’s size portion
  • Ask for fruit instead of fries
  • Choose water over soda
  • Use salsa, mustard or BBQ sauce instead of mayo and special sauces

For deli sandwiches, choose…

  • Lean meats like chicken breast, lean ham or beef, instead of salami, pepperoni, pastrami or bacon
  • 100% whole wheat bread and avoid higher fat breads like muffins, biscuits and croissants
  • As many veggies on the sandwich as possible
  • Low fat mayo, mustards blends or vinaigrettes for dressings

For Mexican food, choose…

  • Soft tacos or burritos over crispy ones
  • Black beans instead of refried beans
  • Salsa instead of sour cream, guacamole and cheese

For Asian food, choose…

  • Brown rice (or even white) instead of fried rice
  • Stir fried, steamed, roasted or broiled dishes over battered or deep fried
  • Sauces such as low sodium soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, wasabi or ginger are better choices than sweet and sour sauce or coconut milk

For More Information

You can find other health tips and advice at the Center for Healthy Lifestyles. They offer classes year-round that cover all sorts of topics from healthy snacks to cooking with what’s already in your cabinets to how to cook heart-healthy recipes.