We’re no strangers to long road trips across this big and beautiful state! While there’s no shortage of delicious roadside stops along Texas highways, occasionally, we need to reach for a snack (or two!) to power through long drives and flights. Tempted to reach for a sugary candy bar or energy drink at the gas station or airport? As they say, fight temptation!
Our delicious ideas for snacking on-the-go may make your trip a bit more tasty!
Prep For the Pack
It’s easy to revert to convenience foods while you’re busy packing and getting the house ready before you take off, BUT setting aside 30 minutes to prep will be well worth it! Think high protein and high fiber items that will keep you full longer through the long trip.
Mason Jar Pasta Salad
This grab-and-go recipe from Pasta Fits [above] is a perfect fit for your cup holder — and appetite! Feel free to add a pre-cooked protein of your choice — anything from chicken to black beans or chickpeas! Stash a fork in your cooler or carry-on — and you’re ready to roll! View the recipe here.
Veggies with Hummus
Gourmet Upgrade: Try this Roasted Serrano Hummus from my friends at Zinc Bistro in San Antonio, or heavenly Hummus Three Ways from the ladies of Les Dames d’ Escoffier International. You can pair them with fresh pita bread, which can pack up to 5 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber!
Goodtaste Trail Mix
Store bought trail mix can get a bit pricey but you can make your own using your favorites in the bulk aisle and nuts from the baking section. Look for dried fruit with no added sugar and nuts that are unsalted and unsweetened. If you’re seeking some crunch, go for whole grains and think out of the cereal box: popcorn, whole wheat crackers, or low-sugar granola to name a few! Of course, the “sweet” part is up to you! We like antioxidant rich dark chocolate chips!
Savor Store Bought Savers
If prepping isn’t an option, don’t forget about these supermarket wonders that can go a long way on a long journey:
- Nut butter packets
- Oatmeal or hot cereal packets like our favorites from Wildway Grain Free Breakfast Foods [Add hot water from the gas station!]
- Squeezable applesauce
- Cheese slices or string cheese
- Canned tuna or smoked salmon
- Low sodium jerky
- Hard-boiled eggs
Leave the ripe peaches and opt for apples and clementines for less-sticky snacking. And if you’re in a snack rut, check out my picks for gourmet nibbles on the go! Crème Brûlée Almonds and Habapeño Mustard Seeds to name a few: click or tap here for more!
Remove items from their original boxes and bags to free up space in your carry-on or car and place them into stackable containers for easy access in your cooler and carry-on.
Pack a Few Surprises
Let’s face it: even if you keep the car or row on the plane well-fed, a sweet-tooth craving may creep up here and there. That’s what these Chocolate Ginger Crinkle Cookies from Central Market aim to help with! Cocoa has been shown to lower blood pressure and the crystallized ginger can help alleviate car sickness or flight nausea!