A couple weekends ago, Chuck and I and two of our closest couple-friends hit the open road to Asheville, North Carolina. We were super excited for a long road trip, but never having been before, we weren’t altogether prepared for the 7+ hours of highway time. I had originally thought it would be about 5 hours, but the night before we left I hit the Google machine and quickly burst my own bubble when I learned that it’s really 7 hours barring traffic.
Since we’re highly accustomed to the excessive traffic and behind-the-wheel time that comes with living in DC, my tried-and-true plan of attack was to show up with my snack A-game in hopes of keeping stops to a minimum and spirits high. Not to mention, since I can be a picky eater and I like healthy options, I wanted things that would hit the spot but not make me feel guilty if I snacked the whole way there (which I totally did).
So for those of you with summer road trips in your future, here are some of my favorite snacks to stay full and happy on the road:
- Kale Chips - I blogged about my kale chips before in this post last year, but Chuck and I seriously can't get enough of the things. And since they're just kale, I felt OK eating them the entire way to Asheville.
- Old Bay Spiced Almonds - The perfect travel food, these spicy roasted nuts really scratch the snacking itch when all you want is a bag of chips from the rest stop vending machine. Just make sure you leave half in the trunk for the return trip because they're highly addictive.
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp Old Bay
2 tbsp coconut aminos
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sriracha
pinch sea salt
2 c almonds
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 275 for 25 minute, flipping twice.
- Iced Coffee - Chuck drew the short straw and ended up driving the whole way to Asheville and back. But like any good copilot, I brought along a gallon of iced coffee so I could perform my navigation duties without running the risk of falling asleep 30 minutes into the trip.
Cold brew coffee
Stevia to taste
Brew your coffee the night before so it's ready to go. Right before you're about to leave, fill a large to-go mug with ice, pour in coffee, almond milk and sweetener to taste. Top with cinnamon if desired (I do this because I like the taste and it helps keep my blood sugar balanced, which is super handy on a long trip).
- Almond Butter Cups - These come in handy somewhere around the 5 hour mark and help ward off the mid-afternoon slump. They're essentially fat bombs with just coconut oil, almond butter, and cocoa making them super filling and good for blood sugar.
1/2 c coconut oil
1/2 c cocoa powder
2 drops stevia
1/4 tsp vanilla
Muffin tin liners
Create the chocolate by whisking together melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, stevia, and vanilla. Using a small spoon, fill the bottom of 6 muffin liners, then place in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden. Remove from freezer and spoon almond butter into the center and top with remaining chocolate. Freeze for another 20 minutes. Keep in the fridge until ready to eat.
- Turkey Lettuce Wraps - Because veggies are important too! You'll thank me later.
Turkey cold cuts
Wash and dry several lettuce leaves and top with hummus, followed by the meat and veggies. Roll up like a taco and go!