Road Trip Snacks You Won’t Feel Guilty About

Food and Travel,How-To,Recipes,Summer
July 18, 2013

Eleven healthy, easily portioned snacks for happy backseat bellies.

Fruit Leather
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Keep hungry backseat bellies happy this summer with travel-friendly road trip snacks you can feel good about. All homemade snacks listed below are healthy, easily portioned and mess-resistant (well, for the most part). And you’ll be glad to know that when the hunger pains set in, all of these nutritious nibbles put on a delicious front, masquerading as something far less sensible.

Road trip recipes like homemade muffins, fruit leather (so much easier than it sounds) and breads—the sort with long bake times—may sound like a chore, but they’re a multi-tasker’s dream. Make these a day ahead while packing or doing laundry. You’ll be glad to have them.

Packing Advice:
Portion out crunchy snacks like popcorn and nuts into small tupperware containers or Ziploc bags, making them easy to grab in a pinch and drastically reducing spill-risk. If it’s an extra-long trip, supplement your stash with a small cooler, packed with drinks and no-prep-required fruits and veggies like apples, bananas and baby carrots. Just don’t forget the ice packs!

—By Alissa Harb

Blackberry Mint Lime Fruit Leather

Blackberry Mint Lime Fruit Leather

Kids love fruit leather, and by making your own, you know exactly what's in it.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites

Super healthy, no-bake raisin treat that doubles as a snack or dessert.

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Cinnamon Granola Bars

These chewy bars contain whole-grain oatmeal and more than 5 grams of protein. They make the kitchen smell delicious while baking.

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Apple Chips

Apple chips make a great after school snack.

Toasty Nuts from The Sprouted Kitchen

Toasty Nuts

Toasty nuts make a perfect portable snack.

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Spanish-Style Popcorn

Smoked paprika and cumin turn popcorn into a gourmet snack.

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Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

A power breakfast recipe by Chef Gordon Ramsay.

Lemon Zucchini Bread recipe.

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Slice, serve, enjoy, relax. Now, isn’t that a happy start to your morning?

Chocolate Zucchini Bread with Walnuts

This delicious chocolate bread gets extra moisture and nutrition from unassuming zucchini.

Fruity Breakfast Cookie

Fruity Breakfast Cookie

This breakfast cookie is densely packed with fiber, omega 3s, protein, iron and taste.