July 29

7 Must-Make Recipes and Packing Tips for Your Next Trip


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We are always headed somewhere whether it is to Disney, a homeschool event, or the beach. When you are always out you need to eat and I don't want to go through the drive thru to get fast food. It gets expensive and the calories add up. Since we eat whole foods as much as possible so we pack snacks and take them with us.

7 Must-Have Snack Recipes

Popcorn Trail Mix Recipe
Popcorn, roasted nuts and dried banana chips and cranberries makes an easy and affordable snack.

No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies
These vegan sweets feature almond butter, rolled oats and pitted dates. Bonus: no oven needed!

Whole Grain Morning Glory Muffins
Satisfying muffins that feature apples, raisins, carrots, coconut and walnuts? Yes, please. Try the gluten-free version.

Apple Sandwiches with Granola and Peanut Butter
Here’s one the kids can help make! Swap out peanut butter for your favorite nut or seed butter.

Oat-Date Bars
This dairy-free and low-sodium snack can be made ahead and frozen until ready to eat.

Oatmeal, Coconut and Sunflower Seed Cookies
Chewy oats, rich coconut and crunchy sunflower seeds come together for this tasty treat.

Cocoa-Almond Baked Breakfast Quinoa
Take a gluten-free breakfast to go! Simply bake ahead, wrap individual squares and freeze for later.

Hungry for more inspiration? Check out our road trip recipe collection.

Packing Tips

Packing a cooler opens up the opportunity for cold drinks, cheese, cut fruit and veggies, plus small sandwiches and salads that require refrigeration. I’ve found that dividing up trail mix or popcorn into individual serving before we leave home helps to cut down on mindless overeating. Finally, don’t forget the spoons, forks, napkins and handwipes! Some ideas include:

  • Individual serving sizes of organic or Greek yogurt or non-dairy yogurt
  • Diced or sliced carrots, cucumbers, celery, radish and bell peppers with a dip such as thisSimply Delicious Homemade Hummus
  • Whole grain corn chips and small containers of bean dip, salsa or pico de gallo
  • Grain salads such as this Minty Cucumber-Quinoa Salad


Since you may not have time to cook once you’re on the road, stop by Whole Foods Market (find your closest local store). Shop the bulk aisle for dried fruits and granola, grab some 365 Everyday Value® Trail Mixes and single-serve yogurts and don’t forget the fresh fruit!

What snacks do you make to bring on the road? Share your tips and favorite recipes.


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  1. These sound so good! Only the Morning Glory will be made without Walnuts my hub hates those lol. I will probably replace with pecans!

  2. All these must have road snacks seem delectable and very healthy, especially the muffins that contain apples, raisins, carrots, coconut and walnuts

  3. I love Morning Glory muffins and No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies! I forgot all about these delicious treats to take while going on a trip. I will have to make these!

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