Food & Nutrition

19 Nutritionist-Approved Road Trip Snacks You Can Buy Anywhere

Dried fruits


Finding dried apricots, cranberries, raisins, or mangoes is easy. Offering nearly double the fiber of fresh fruit, the chewy dehydrated variety makes for a perfect road trip snack. For a major satisfying treat, pair dried fruit with nuts. Banana chips are a fun, crunchy, sweet snack, too. Dietitian Christy Brissette created a delicious two-ingredient version of cinnamon apple chips that your whole family will enjoy.

Nut butter and apple slices


Grab those individual packets of almond or peanut butter to dip fresh apple slices into, a combo that delivers a pleasing sweet, rich, and salty blast to your tastebuds. Look for single-serving nut butter brands, such as Justin’s and Jif. Or, opt for the powdered peanut butter such as PB2 brand. Simply mix with water and you’re ready to dip. Many mini-markets sell fresh or pre-cut apples. For a change of taste, try pear slices or celery sticks with your nut butters. The healthy fats, protein, and vital B vitamins in nut butters make this snack a total winner. Versatile and healthy, peanut butter wins the snack game. Learn about the one food nutritionists eat every day to maintain a healthy weight.

Pita pocket sandwiches


Make your own lunch beforehand and you’ll save money and travel time, as well as eat healthier than that burger-on-the-go. When it comes to healthy sandwich recipes, the options are endless: Stuff your pita with mozzarella, tomato and basil, lean turkey and cheese, hummus and cucumber slices, or tuna salad made with Greek yogurt to spice up your road trip. You’ll need a small cooler to keep these sandwiches fresh.

Veggie hummus cups


Hummus is my personal favorite go-to lunch, and I prefer my own to store-bought versions. You can try changing things up by making your own fun and unique hummus varieties. Store your homemade hummus in a mason jar, then stick carrots, celery, and bell pepper strips vertically into the jar. You can seal it up, store it in a cooler, and you have a high-fiber lunch that’s also rich in protein, iron and vitamins A and C. Or go with store-bought: Thankfully, Sabra sells single-serving hummus (in a few different flavors) paired with low-fat pretzel chips.

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