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better for you vegan road trip snack ideas

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Any family who enjoys traveling knows that snacks for the road are everything. The key to happy road trippin’ is keeping the peace inside the car, especially between siblings. One thing that makes everyone in the family happy is snacks, but there’s no need to pack super unhealthy foods. There are plenty of better-for-you, vegan options available, so let’s get packin’ and head out on the road!

better-for-you vegan road trip snack ideas

Here’s what I pack for our road trips:

fresh fruit

I don’t travel far without fresh fruit. Fruit provides vitamins, minerals, hydration and a big energy boost. I like to chop up a variety of fresh fruits and pack them in individual mason jars. These are easy to eat while on the go, just don’t forget the forks! If you don’t want to prep ahead of time, pack portable fruits like apples, bananas, grapes and tangerines.

trail mix

No road trip snack bag is complete without some protein. Refuel your body and restore energy levels with a nutty trail mix. I like to make my own combinations of nuts, dried fruits and seeds but there are plenty of great mixes available.

homemade granola bars

Granola bars are crucial since they offer enough nutrition and satisfaction to basically be a meal. Stick with your favorite clean-ingredient brands or make your own at home! Another great (similar) option is energy bites. You can find a thousand recipes for either online.

hummus and vegetable sticks

Keep your clean eating habits on the road with a tub of homemade hummus and a bag of chopped vegetable sticks. While hummus is a dip, it’s relatively easy to use without making a big mess. Our favorite vegetables to pair with hummus are: rainbow carrots, parsnips, celery, bell pepper, sweet mini peppers, and cauliflower.

potato chips, pretzels, crackers

My favorite food group is salty. I really cannot go any long distance without something crunchy and salty. In this intense summer heat, you’re going to need a little salt and where better to get that in a delicious potato chip? Not all potato chips are created equally though – choose the right one!

In everything packaged we eat, it’s all about choosing the right brand. Boulder Canyon kettle chips are our latest road trip obsession. Coming in a wide variety of flavors like ‘ginger teriyaki’, ‘pineapple habanero’ and ‘Himalayan pink salt’ there is definitely a flavor for everyone in the family.

These gluten-free, vegan (not all Boulder Canyon kettle chips are vegan) clean label kettle chips are cooked in unique cooking oils, unlike traditional chips. These oils (like coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil and rice bran oil) are better for you and add more flavor! These kettle chips are seriously delicious.

I recently watched this funny video about the different types of people at the grocery store: “the ghost” (people who abandon their carts often) the “I don’t need a cart guy” (carrying a thousand items) the snacker (who does this?) and the label checker. I am definitely the label checker. I don’t look at the calories; I look at the ingredients. This isn’t just because I’m vegan. Vegan food does not always = awesome-for-you so no matter your diet, you should be looking for a clean label like what you find on Boulder Canyon products! On Boulder Canyon, you’re just going to see ingredients that make sense.

Road trips are the absolute best and the total essence of summer to our family. We still have one month of summer left before the kiddos start school and many more trips planned! You best bet we will have plenty of Boulder Canyon kettle chips ready and waiting for our next travel. What are your favorite car snacks?

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