More road trip food

Posted: March 27, 2012 in Food, Travel, Uncategorized
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A serious road trip (by which I mean going from one place to another as non-stop as possible) means that your (good/healthy) food options are seriously limited. So you need to think about what to take with you. I’ve been on the road a lot recently, so I’ve given this some thought.

I keep a bag of relatively healthy (and sometimes a few not-so-healthy-but-yummy) food in my van at all times. A bag of ABC trail mix from Trader Joe’s (raw almonds and dried blueberries and cranberries) is one of my favorites, easy to eat, good for me and doesn’t make a mess. That makes it one of my go-to trip foods. I also have some of their peanut butter-chocolate fiber bars. Those are my staples: things that will fill me up, be good and taste good.

I supplement with fruit a/o veggies. Apples from the farmers market, slices of red a/o yellow peppers, carrots, celery—again, good for me, tasty and not messy. These are all things I can eat while driving and I place the bag carefully where I can reach things without taking my eyes off the road. Too many accidents are caused by people taking their eyes off the road and I don’t plan to be one of those statistics!! Sometimes I take my homemade biscotti or dark chocolate-dried cherry scones because although they’re a bit messier, they’re pretty darn good. Dark chocolate often somehow makes its way into my bag. Not sure how that happens but I’ve never sent it packing.

If I plan to take time to stop, I can have “real” meals: a Subway veggie patty sandwich, a salad with all sorts of goodies (sometimes from Trader Joe’s but decanted into my own container to eat more easily)¸ leftovers from last night’s dinner, a spinach pie or bean salad from Aladdin’s Middle East Bakery (, homemade wraps or whatever else I have on hand.

OK, I admit sometimes some not-so-healthy things sneak in, chips of some sort being a favorite for when I have a craving for something crunchy and salty. And if the trip is more than a day, a cooler is a definite must plus some bottled tea, unsweetened, either black or green, again from Trader Joe’s.

Odds and ends….some real silverware is nice, but I make sure it’s some older stuff that I won’t mourn if it gets lost, napkins, wet wipes, gum to clean my teeth after I eat, especially if the meal contains lettuce, which has a nasty habit of sticking to the sides of your teeth, being difficult to remove and showing up at the most inconvenient times. Because who will tell you that you have a piece of green stuff stuck on your teeth? No one. You’ll just look in the mirror later and be mortified that for the entire day you’ve been smiling a smile with a big piece of lettuce adhering like crazy glue to one of your teeth! Not a good thing!

With all these goodies in my bag or cooler, I can head off for a road trip and know that even though I’ll feel inexplicably greasy at the end of the day, even though all I’ve done is sit, it won’t be because I consumed an entire week’s worth of calories and fat during the drive!!!

  1. Cindy Marsch says:

    Great ideas for the road trip. Here’s another, which could be done on the road (with hot water from a gas station coffee/tea ‘bar’): boxed muesli with chopped fresh fruit (peaches or pears or blueberries) and hot water poured over to make something along the lines of a hot cereal. I did this in a hotel room last summer–worked great!

    • Sounds yummy!

      One thing I learned the hard way is that you cannot make tea in a coffee machine in a motel room (or anywhere else). It will always, always, always taste like coffee! I used to bring my own tea bags (a number of steps up from Lipton), but it’s just a waste of tea.

    • Oh, yeah, I forgot all about those. For those of your reading this, bierocks are a pocket sandwich–dough filled with a combination of cabbage, ground beef, onion and a bit of cheese. So good and so easy to eat! Double yum!!

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