Back to school time around our house signals the start of travel soccer season. This means lots of quality family time in the car with 3 people that you do not want to see hangry. Ok, make that 4. Truthfully, everyone in the family with the exception of my husband is an absolute nightmare if they haven’t seen food for more than oh, 30 minutes. We are the real life version of the Snicker’s commercial “you aren’t yourself when you’re hungry”. We have whiny, crabby, angry and sad hungry all well represented in our family. I love chocolate, but the last thing we need is a sugar crash while cooped up in the car together (sorry Snickers!). Packing the right snacks for our trips is second only to making sure everyone is wearing shoes. Yes, I have to make sure everyone is wearing shoes. Don’t ask.
Healthy, or clean eating, is really important to me whether we are home or on the road. This is especially true when it comes to traveling for sports. I have 3 very active kids and I want to be sure their growing bodies are being fueled with real food that will give them the energy to perform their best out on the field. For us clean eating is a way of life. We know how our bodies feel when we eat processed foods and we don’t like it. Even the kids realize that if you eat like crap you feel like it!
Having said all that, I fully understand that eating healthy while traveling can be a big challenge. I’ve learned the hard way that preparation is absolutely key. A little time spent planning can save you from fast food drive thru’s, sugar crashes and the worst of all-hangry kids (or moms)! We are hitting the road soon so it’s the perfect time to share some of our road trip favorites with you!
Here are our go-to travel snacks!
I make my own using lots of nuts, a handful of dried fruits and just enough chocolate that the kids think it’s a treat! Toss together whatever your family likes. Some other additions are seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, flax, etc.) coconut flakes, mini pretzels, whole grain cereal or crackers, or popcorn. The sky’s the limit when it comes to trail mix combinations. Just remember to go easy on the sugary fruits and sweet additions like chocolate!
2 bananas, very ripe
5 heaping tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter
Optional: mini chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350f. Mash the bananas with a fork then and add peanut butter. Mash together. Add the flour. Mix in the flour, dough will be thick. If desired, add chocolate chips. Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet. The finished cookie will be the shape they are when they go onto the sheet so mold as desired! Bake for 7-10 minutes or until light golden brown. Refrigerate any leftovers to keep fresh longer.
We are slowly transitioning to all glass food storage at our house. I do keep a few plastic containers around for school lunches since breakables are a no-no in the cafeteria. Road trips are a perfect time to use those plastic containers. They are cheap, sturdy and stackable and if they need thrown away or get left behind it is no big deal. If you are super organized you can utilize divided storage containers and pack each person their own box tailored to their likes and dislikes. I’d love to tell you I do this. I don’t. Maybe someday I’ll magically become this organized. Until then we share!
I keep paper plates, disposable silverware, napkins, wipes and a few plastic grocery bags in my snack bag to make sharing and clean up easier.
What are your favorite road trip foods? Did I miss any of your favorites?
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Hi! I'm Erica, a fitness and healthy food loving wife and mother of three here to inspire you on your wellness journey!