Healthy Meal Ideas for Road Trips

Mother and daughts eating

Long car rides and road trips often end in stops at roadside diners or fast food joints when hunger strikes. Eating in the car is the best way to save money and time, make healthier choices, and have “breaks” when the drive is long. Whether you’re headed out on a camping trip or visiting relatives, these car-ready meal ideas will get you through every long ride.

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Butter Banana Roll Ups

We love this easy and healthy meal on the go, especially when it comes to breakfast. All you need are a couple of bananas, whole wheat tortillas, and peanut butter. (If your kids are allergic to nuts, try substituting peanut butter with sunflower seed butter). Spread the butter on the tortilla and roll it around the banana, then cut into pieces.

"Homemade peanut butter and bananas.Homemade peanut butter ingredients: peanuts (roasted, unsalted, shelled), peanut oil, honey. No salt, no sugar."

Snack box

We’re all about getting creative with snacks on the road. Think finger food when you’re preparing your kid’s personalized bento boxes. You can add a combination of celery sticks, carrots, cucumber and hummus; or mix crackers, cheeses and fruits. The choices are endless and better yet, it will keep the kids entertained!

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Salads in Jars:

Aside from being Pinterest-approved, salads in a jar are perfect for no-mess meals in the car. Grainy salads travel exceptionally well, so try a base of brown rice or pasta such as rotini or penne. Pour the dressing on the bottom and add any mixture of toppings the kids like. Remember, less is more.

**Mason jars will keep the salad fresher, but if you’re planning on a long trip make sure to keep them somewhere cold.

Cucumber, quinoa, tomato, onion, carrot and mint salad in a jar over whiteCucumber, quinoa, tomato, onion, carrot and mint salad in a jar over white

Sandwiches

Ham, cheese, peanut butter, jelly – the combinations are infinite and you can never go wrong with a “good ol’ sandwich.” We recommend trying to make them out of whole wheat dinner rolls. Their small size makes them perfect for kids to handle, so you’ll avoid the mess, and they’re easy to make as you go!

Stuck on You Tip: Take small dressing packages with you for easy and no-mess spread.

Mother and daughters eating sandwiches on car boot