Staying healthy on the road can be hard, especially when your kids are begging for fast food and every gas station is packed with giant bags of chips and candy at bargain prices. Junk food is just so convenient while you’re traveling!
The trick to help you conquer your cravings is making healthy eating easier than stopping for snacks.
Keep healthy snacks in your RV and you’ll be far more likely to stay on track. Plus, eating nutritious foods while traveling can help you fight fatigue and stay alert on those long stretches of open road.
Buy in bulk and pack your own portable containers to save money, reduce waste, and control your portion sizes. Mindless snacking out of the box is a poor health choice, even when you’re snacking on something with nutritional value. Pay attention, snack only when you’re truly hungry, and always make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, too.
Ready to stock the snack bin?
Here are some ideas for healthy, portable snacks to keep in your RV during trips.
Roasted Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are packed with healthy fats and important vitamins. They’re also satisfyingly crunchy, so if you’re trying to break a salty snack habit, switching to something like roasted almonds or sunflower seeds is a good choice.
Pistachios, sunflower seeds, and other snacks with shells are great for people who snack when they’re bored. You have to do some work to get to the edible part, which means you’re consuming fewer calories in a snacking session. Just make sure you have somewhere to drop or spit the shells – a snap top container is a good choice to prevent spills in your RV.
Pay attention to serving sizes when you’re putting together your snack packs. A serving of nuts is usually about the amount that fits in a shot glass.
Healthy Snack Bars
There are lots of convenient snack bars on the market to suit all kinds of healthy diets.
If you’re just looking for a guilt-free snack to keep around, you don’t need energy bars or protein boosts. Check labels for things like added sugars, because some ‘healthy’ snack bars have about the same nutritional value as a candy bar.
Dry Roasted Edamame
High in fiber and protein, edamame is a popular snack that’s usually served steamed or boiled in the pod. Since that’s not super portable, try the dry roasted version instead.
Edamame is another word for soy beans, so if you have a soy allergy, this snack isn’t for you. Lots of people who have peanut allergies are also allergic to soy.
Prepackaged pouches of tuna fish (and salmon, if that’s your thing) are a great source of protein and healthy fats.
Canned or pouched fish is a more substantial snack that can also serve as a main dish with a couple of sides. Eat it with a fork, on crackers, or with raw veggies for a quick meal.
Tuna pouches are savory, convenient, and nutritious – just watch your sodium intake.