Life Update: In exactly one week, I leave for vacation. Vacation this year consists of a kick ass road trip to California*.
*Cue The O.C. theme song: “Californiaaaaaa, Californiaaaaaa, here we cuuuuhhhhuuuuuuum…”
A summer cross-country road trip with my best girls (the three of us pictured above) is the stuff dreams are made of. I’m imagining breathtaking views, a pristine playlist prepared by yours truly (featuring two handfuls of songs from The O.C. Mix Tapes, duh), and plenty of road trip selfies.
Three girls and long car rides…if we’re going to make it coast-to-coast without killing each other, we’re going to need car snacks to keep our moods elevated and tummys satisfied. Usual road trip snacks are sugar-filled candies and sodas, cookies, chips, and powdered doughnuts (I mention powdered doughnuts because I really, really want one right now…must. stay. focused.).
So how can we be car-bound yet still stay semi-on track? I’ve come up with a few ideas–some more ‘clean’ than others. We’ll have a cooler, so theres an option for perishable foods, but I’m going to try to stick to non-perishables to keep things simple.
1. Justin’s 80 Calorie Individual Serving Peanut Butter Packs.
Oh boy. You guys know how I feel about peanut butter (see me proclaim my love here). Peanut butter is the perfect car snack! It can be eaten alone (by the spoonful, my favorite way to eat it), on crackers, with apples or bananas, etc. It can, however, get messy. Having a jar of PB in the backseat might not be the best idea, and that’s where Justin’s comes in.
Justin’s is natural, creamy, and so yummy. These little 80 calorie packs are great for portion control and mess control. I haven’t seen these sold in store yet, but I have seen the Justin’s 1.15oz packs sold in manyyy grocery stores (even the old school-South Philly Super Fresh I go to carries them now). If you don’t want to order online, picking up a few of those should be simple
2. Thomas’ Bagel Thins.
Speaking of peanut butter, it would taste great on a bagel thin! Less doughy (oh my God, I want a doughnut) than a full bagel, these babies come in at 110 calories and taste great–perfect for breakfast on the go.
This one is a no brainer, but fruit is really easy to keep in the car. Apples, oranges, and bananas don’t need to be refrigerated (unless you slice them ahead of time) and that makes them the perfect on-the-go snack.
3. Beef Jerky.
Unlike the store bought variety, home made beef jerky is low in sodium and high in protein.THIS recipe, from Food52, is a sweet and slightly salty take on jerky. I might just be using my food dehydrator in the wee hours leading up to this road trip…
4. Granola Bars.
This items deserves a big CAUTION sign. You gotta watch out for granola bars. They can be extremely high is sugar, fat, and calories. What you should look for when buying granola bars are bars that are high in protein and low in sugar. I don’t pay too-too much mind to the calories and carbs when in comes to granola. Oats in general are good source of carbs, but can be high in calories–so don’t let that scare you.
But for the love of baby Jesus, watch the sugar. READ LABELS!
I honestly don’t buy granola bars often (unless I’m feeling lazy). I’d rather make them because then I can control exactly what ingredients are going into them. I like this skinny recipe (with a few alterations to reduce sugar), as well as this recipe for no-bake granola bites.
5. Vita Coco Coconut Water.
Yes, this should be kept chilled, but coconut water is a refreshing and ultra-hydrating option for road trips. Vita Coco makes great little single serving containers–perfect for quenchin’ your thirst on the move. Indulge in their Coco Cafe–coconut water, a shot of espresso, and splash of reduced-fat milk–these are absolutely fabulous! Find them in your local grocery store, gas station, or online (seriously, they’re everywhere these days).
What am I missing?