10 Simple Snacks for Busy Travellers

If you find yourself travelling considerably each week, healthy eating can be challenging!

So, rather than relying on greasy roadside diners for nutrition, why not pack your car with a variety of nutritious foods?

Here are a few suggestions:

#1 Fruit – freeze grapes or berries the night prior to your journey to have as a cool snack.

#2 Vegetables – sliced raw veg such as carrots, peppers, broccoli, or green beans.

#3 Natural yoghurt – topped with a little muesli and a handful of extra nuts.

#4 Wholegrain sandwich filled with a generous amount of spinach leaves, cucumber, tomatoes and a small serving of lean meat.

#5 Low fat fruit muffins – why not try baking your own healthier version with extra seeds and nuts, and reduced sugar? Pop into the freezer, and take out the night before you need them.

#6 Popcorn – choose unbuttered/unsweetened popcorn, seasoned with herbs for extra flavour.

#7 Trail mix – using wholegrain cereal, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and a few chocolate chips. Make your own and store in individual zipper bags.

#8 Fresh fruit smoothie made with raspberries, mango, semi-skimmed milk, natural yoghurt and ground flaxseeds.

#9 Nut based granola bar – if you’re looking for a healthier version check out this recipe: Healthy Granola Bars.

#10 Bottled water – staying well hydrated is absolutely essential if you spend a lot of time on the road.

To keep your snacks extra cool in the summer months, invest in a cooler, and store in the boot of your car.

What are your favourite snack ideas?

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Tom July 13, 2008 at 7:51 am

These are good ideas. I love popcorn as a healthy snack as long as a lot of butter or other unhealthy extras are added. Another snack I like is sunflower seeds. They do not quite have the nutritional value as the others on this list, but they do have some health benefits, and they are a good way to keep you busy when traveling by car.


Emily July 14, 2008 at 6:43 am

Clif Bars were my savior when I was just in Europe for two weeks. I packed some in my bag before I left and they really came in handy when I was out and about and needed a snack or energy boost. Sure, they aren’t as good for you as fruit, but they are very portable, don’t need refrigeration, and have some good nutrients.

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Melanie July 17, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Hi Tom,

Yes, seeds are a wonderful healthy snack option!

Hi Emily,

I’m not familiar with Clif Bars, what are they?


Mark July 30, 2008 at 8:21 am

I recently posted a review of six popular acai and other super-fruit juice products.

You may be interested in reading it:



Melanie July 31, 2008 at 1:01 am

Hi Mark,

Thanks for sharing the link.


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