Whether you travel by car or by plane this spring break, there is one thing that will always stand true: the kids are going to be hungry. You know the drill – about an hour into the trip you'll be pulling into a greasy fast food joint to hush their complaining cries. If only you thought ahead, you could have skipped the headache and the calories. That's why we put together this list of our favorite travel-friendly healthy snacks. These are mess-free, make-ahead, and require no refrigeration – the perfect recipe for smooth sailing to your vacation destination. Take a look now before you regret it on the road!
1. Granola Bars
Granola bars are a snack time staple, and it's easy to see why. Made with rolled oats, nuts, and dried fruit of your choice, these energy bites are filling and delicious. Make a batch of these up to 3 months before your trip, and, when stored properly, they'll last just fine.
2. Chips With a Twist
The kids will be happy to hear that chips aren't out of the question for travel snacks, and you'll be happy to hear one serving is less than 60 calories. These baked root vegetable chips are just as tasty as its grocery store counterpart, but without the guilt.
3. No-Bake Energy Poppers
These will get you all the energy you need to stay alert on the road, and you won't even have to deal with post-coffee jitters. Our no-bake energy poppers are similar to granola bars in ingredients and taste, but the fun shape makes them easy to eat on-the-go.
4. BBQ Spice Roasted Chickpeas
If you like hummus, you'll love these BBQ roasted chickpeas. Make this easy treat ahead of time and store in a sealed container. When the road munchies hit, pass the chickpeas around for a flavorful kick.
5. Munch on Muffins
You probably don't think about muffins when you think travel snacks, but hear us out. These come packed with flavor and with the right ingredients, can keep you full for hours. One or two of these is the equivalent of a fast food stop but without the calories!
6. Dried Fruit for Easy Snacking
The last place you want to be with juice running down your chin is in a crowded car. Our solution? Dried fruit. Let the kids help choose what fruit they want and watch their amazement as the fruit goes into the oven and out all dried up.
7. Coconut, Cherry, and Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
We know; calling a cookie "healthy" is a bit crazy, but at 94 calories each, we don't mind reaching for seconds. Keeping healthy cookies on hand can be useful when you need an incentive to keep the kids from fighting.