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Top 5 Healthy Snacks for Road Trips

By Peggy Kotsopoulos, RHN on August 2, 2012, categorized in Plant-based Nutrition

Top 5 Healthy Snacks for Road Trips

There’s nothing like some well-deserved quality time to create some incredible summer memories. And nothing says quality time like long hours in the car on a road trip with some of your favorite people. When I think of road trips I think of sunshine, fantastic scenery, hanging my bare toes out the window in the breeze, and of course… snacks! But before you put your foot on the brake to fill up on chips and crackers, here are some healthy snacks to help you keep you satiated, energized, and prevent you from veering off to the land of unhealthy truck stops.

1.    SB&J Sandwiches

Sandwiches are an easy and portable on-the-road snack. But they can range anywhere on the scale from healthy to not-so-healthy. Here’s one high in protein and goodness.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices sprouted grain bread
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower seed butter
  • 2 Tbsp Guilt-Free Jam (see recipe)*
  • ½ banana, sliced

Preparation

Spread one side of sprouted grain bread with sunflower seed butter, and the other with jam; layer with banana slices, then close both slices together into a sandwich.

* You can use apple butter in place of jam

Peggy’s Guilt-Free Jam

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries or other berries or fruits such as strawberries
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of coconut sugar (optional)
  • 1 heaping Tbsp of ground chia seeds

Preparation

Puree ¾ cup of berries in a food processor or high-speed blender with vanilla and optional coconut sugar. Pour into bowl and stir in remaining whole berries and ground chia until well combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight. While you’re sleeping, the chia will begin to gelatinize, turning your fresh berries into even more antioxidant-rich goodness!

2.    Cooler-Friendly Raw Veggies and Chickpea Dip

It’s always a good idea to keep a mini cooler in the car, and what could be healthier to load it with than veggies! Slice up easy-to-eat red peppers, carrots, fennel, cucumber, daikon radish, and celery to munch on their own, or give a satiating protein kick and dip with this chickpea dip.

Chickpea Dip

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups chickpeas, cooked
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Sea salt to taste

Preparation

Puree all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender.

3.    Hazelnut Maca Mini-Muffins

Muffins are a portable, easy snack — however, most are a nutritional nightmare! Forget about the coffee shop drive-thrus and dive into these whole food, gluten-free mini-muffins.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp ground chia + 4 Tbsp water
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup cooked amaranth
  • 3 Tbsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp non-aluminum baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preparation

Place ground chia in a small bowl. Add warm water and mix with a fork. Set aside for gel to form. Mash bananas in large bowl, then add coconut oil, nut butter, vanilla and almond milk and stir to mix. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Grease muffin tins with coconut oil. Drop in batter and bake 350o for 25 -30 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool, then remove from muffin tin.

4.    Trail Mix

An easy-peasy anytime of the day snack, this trail mix is loaded in healthy fats, protein and antioxidants — a little goes a long way in keeping your hunger and cravings in check.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin deeds
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup organic dehydrated apple rings, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup golden berries
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs

Preparation

Mix and store all ingredients in a large container. Portion trail mix into individual serving size packages/containers to take on the road.

5.    Road Trip Snacks, Vega-Style: Vega Sport Protein Bars and Vega Hydrator Bevie

Vega Sport Protein Bars (the Chocolate Coconut being MY fave!) are the best things in the world to travel with! Whether I’m road-tripping, on a plane, or just out and about all day, I’m always sure to have a Vega Sport Protein bar on me for portable goodness.

Plus, it’s super important to stay hydrated while on the road. And if plain ol’ water ain’t cutting it, adding a packet of Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator to a water bottle will be sure to do the trick! And, if you wanted to get fancy, try adding this bevie to a to-go thermos:

Ingredients

Preparation

Mix in a thermos or large water bottle and go!

Cheers! Peggy K