Long road trips mean can mean hours in the seat with few stops, especially if you have an itinerary to keep. Whether I am on the motorcycle or traveling with the kids in the car, I want snacks that will keep me energized as well as satisfy my appetite and hold me over till the next stop.
As with all distractions while driving, make sure to stay safe. Reaching for food can be just as dangerous as texting or talking on a cell phone. If you are riding a motorcycle, you may want to wear an open face helmet as it will be easier than trying to eat with a full face helmet. You can find a great guide to all types of motorcycle helmets at this website.
Ready made or homemade granola is ideal for traveling. I can package it in individual size bags or eat a little at a time, depending on whether I’m truly hungry or want a snack to tide me over. Granola is made from whole grains which provide a sustained level of energy. This works well with small children because each child can have their own serving. If they make a mess, it is easy to clean up and won’t draw flies and other insects like fresh fruit or candy.
I prefer to snack on dried fruit when traveling at night. Because fruit is a simple sugar. It breaks down quickly and offers a burst of energy that can help alleviate fatigue. It doesn’t take a large amount of dried fruit to bring about feelings of fullness. One of the most beneficial things about dried fruit is the variety.
Rice cakes are ideal for small hands and come in a variety of flavors. They can be a little messy, but like granola allow for easy clean up. One of the benefits of rice cakes is that, even though they are good on their own, peanut butter, cheese or other spreads can be added for more flavor and variety. They are low in calories and will not cause you to feel bloated or uncomfortable.
Peanut Butter/Cheese and Crackers
Prepackaged peanut butter or cheese and cracker combinations are good snacks for both children and adults. Both peanut butter and cheese are good sources of protein. If whole wheat crackers are used, there are few empty calories. Peanut butter, cheese and whole grains are full of usable nutrients that will keep me energized and awake until I reach my destination. I can choose to eat one or two at a time or keep a stack setting next to me throughout the trip. If I am on the motorcycle, cheese and crackers are easy to eat without worrying about losing control of the cycle. Because cheese is perishable, its best to eat them first or carry a small cooler to hold the cheese. If I prefer to make the cracker combinations myself, it’s best to keep the ingredients separate and assemble them when I’m ready to consume them. This keeps the crackers from getting soggy and the cheese from drying out.
Fresh fruits are perishable and must be properly stored when traveling. Never let fresh fruit set in a hot car for any length of time. It can cause them to ripen quickly and draw flies or other insects. Apples, bananas, pears and grapes are good choices and do not have to be refrigerated when taken along on road trips.
Taking snack foods on a long road trip keeps me energized and prevents me from getting overly hungry between stops. The right type of snack foods provide energy without adding excess calories or making me feel uncomfortable. I’ve talked about other types of healthy snacks here too.