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Healthy Road Trip Snacks Compiled By Nutritionists

It is imperative to have good snacks on a road trip.

Packing snacks before leaving is the best way to ensure that you won’t be hungry when food stops aren’t open or nearby.

Fast food stops can be a classic road trip tradition, but snacking on the healthy side will help you stay full longer and maintain energy levels.

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Here is what our registered dietitians share their favorite road trip snacks.

Edamame

When on a road trip, you may want to consider packing perishable snacks in your cooler for a few hours.

The founder of Greenletes, Natalie Rizzo, enjoys microwaving frozen edamame before leaving the house and taking it with her in a plastic bag.

She says, “I’m a huge fan of edamame because it has 18 grams of protein in 1 cup, and that protein helps keep you full and prevents mindless snacking.

Since edamame is perishable, she recommends eating it within the first two hours of your trip.

Cheese Cubes And Crackers

Another classic combination to pack in a cooler, and this is a favorite crunchy snack for Alyssa Pike, senior manager of nutrition communications.

Rizzo says, “Crackers are packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, keeping you full on the road trip. Also, they contain less refined carbohydrates and won’t cause a blood sugar spike.”

Dried Fruit

“Dried fruit is a great choice,” explains Meredith Price, registered dietician, because it’s easy to throw in a bag and provides you with a serving of fruit without worrying about something fresh going bad.

Popcorn

“Popcorn is a simple snack that is easy to transport and can be prepared in various flavors according to personal preference,” said Pike.

Consider plain popcorn and seasoning it with your favorite seasonings, or opt for a low-sodium variety at the grocery store.

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Hummus And Veggies

Before your road trip, prepping fresh vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and bell peppers is a great idea.

Price said, “Bring small cups of hummus, as well. It gives you energy, plant-based protein, and fiber for longer trips.”