The Best Snacks to Take on Your Next Road Trip

Pack your bags and load up the car ’cause road trips are the new European vacations. That’s right — with a new Covid variant making travelers weary, the safest bet right now is to hit the road and explore the big backyard of America. After all, in the United States domestic travel is on the rise, and with so many stunning national parks and states to explore, now’s the perfect time.

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But don’t go empty handed. One of the best things about road trips is that you don’t have to surrender your stomach to airplane food, so stock up on some of our favorite healthy and indulgent snacks for the road.

Healthy-ish snacks:

Don’t let being stuck on the road deter you from sacrificing your health for junky gas station eats. Come prepared with vegan BelliWelli bars. The gluten-free, low sugar bars were developed with those with sensitive stomachs in mind. Founders Katie and Nick Wilson, who struggle with IBS, sought to tackle their gut health problems head on. Packed with probiotics, anti-inflammatory ginger, and other healthy ingredients, BelliWelli bars come in flavors like minty chocolate, cinnamon swirl, lemon white chocolate and fudge brownie.

Get in the spirit of healthy snacking with SPIRIT Almond, a company that specializes in Japanese-style dry roasted almonds that are deeeelicious. Seasoned with flavors like curry, koji salt, miso, seaweed, black garlic and mustard, these addictive little snacks are packed with healthy benefits. Each snack pack contains 7g of protein, 3g dietary fiber, 14g healthy fats, 50% daily value of vitamin E and over 30 antioxidants. You’ll thank us later.

When that cookie craving hits, there’s really no stopping it. And no replacement will do. Give in to your sugar craving with REAL Cookies, a healthier option to satisfy those cravings. Made from non-GMO ingredients and sweetened with pure Vermont maple syrup, these cookies are gluten, grain, and dairy-free, as well as vegan, kosher, and paleo-friendly. The cookies come in flavors like chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip and lemon blueberry, and can really be enjoyed any time of day. The lemon blueberry makes for a great morning snack.

For those who like to have a picnic-style snack on the road, Applegate Farms has you covered. Bring along one of their charcuterie plates to elevate your snack game. Choose from Chorizo & CheddarGenoa Salami & Cheddar, and Genoa Salami & Pepper Jack, each of which comes with additional bites like almonds, chocolate, dried fruit and pretzels. Don’t forget to bring your cooler to keep them nice and fresh!

Cheesy goodness has never been easier to attain than with Whisps Cheese Crisps. Made from 100% real cheese, these baked cheese crisps are gluten-free, keto friendly, and pack 10g of protein and just 2g carbs per serving. Not only do they make a great road trip snack, but they also are a great addition to salads. Plus, they come in a huge array of flavors, including cheddar, nacho, barbecue, garlic & herb, and tangy ranch, just to name a few.
UNREAL Snacks is all about that gooood chocolate. The company focuses on making chocolate snacks sans artificial ingredients, chemical dyes, excess sugars. The resulting treats have 51% less sugar than the leading brand, and no hidden corn syrup or stevia. Some of their snacks include dark chocolates with crispy quinoa, dark chocolate covered peanuts, dark chocolate peanut butter cups, dark chocolate coconut bars, and more.

Indulgent snacks:

Born and bred in the Hamptons, New York’s famous Tate’s Bake Shop rolled out a limited edition flavor just for the summer – Blueberry Crisp Cookies. You’ll still get that signature thin, crispy cookie crunch we’ve all grown to know and love, but with the addition of bright, fresh notes of blueberry. Make sure to snag a bag or two while they last!

Dunkaroos. They’re back, baby. If you grew up in the ’90s (or even if you just lovingly recall them), you’ll remember the pleasure this sweet snack gave you after a long day at school. Their most popular flavor, vanilla cookies with vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles, is back in business and easier than ever to get your hands on.

Craving ice cream but it doesn’t exactly last too well in the car, if ya know what I mean. Instead, get all those sweet ice cream flavors in a sweet and salty mix thanks to Sweet Chaos. They have a line of goodies in collaboration with Coldstone and the result contains three different flavors — birthday cake remix, chocolate devotion, and mint mint chocolate chocolate chip. Like their other products, these drizzled non-GMO popcorn mixes are popped in coconut oil and contain no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, or preservatives.

If that’s not enough to get you started, check out our favorite road trip snacks from 2020!

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