I knew there would be a need to snack on our long drive to Scotland last week. We initially hoped to pause at the halfway point two hours into the journey, but owing to terrible traffic on the M6, we opted not to waste any further time and continued on our journey up north.
Fortunately, I had the foresight to go grocery shopping and prepare treats before we left the house. Let’s face it, unless you pause to visit the mini-supermarkets that most motorway gas stations already appear to have added to them, fuel stations aren’t recognised for stocking the healthiest of foods.
When we paused for a break on the way home, I picked up a delicious quinoa and asparagus salad from Waitrose. If you’re only stopping for gas, the service station doesn’t have anything in the way of nutritious foods, and all the fast food can be enticing while you’re in the midst of a long trip.
I made sure I had ample snacks with a range of flavours in case I got bored, and I also planned for the return trip home, so I was prepared for both journeys. Here’s what I brought with me on our journey to Scotland:
This aspect of the healthy snacking haul was centred on what I felt I’d like on the trip; Alfie’s stash was more focused on Haribos and Randoms, which isn’t really a bad thing, but I wanted to eat something nutritious when driving.
Cherries and almonds make excellent compact treats, and I’d been snacking on them for weeks before the flight, so I knew they’d be perfect for the ride. I can’t say enough good things about Nakd and Trek Bars’ wholesome and nutritious ingredients, so I figured it’d be wise to have this Trek Cocoa Oat protein flapjack on hand, which has a coating of dark chocolate on top, ideal for a protein chocolate fix on the go!
Pink Lady apples are my favourite, and I can consume a lot of them in one sitting. A large bottle of water is often needed to keep hydrated and concentrated on the road when driving. I’ve recently developed a popcorn addiction, and Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn has become a lifesaver in quelling my cravings and providing a healthy alternative to other sugar-laden products.
With a newborn in tow, the term “road ride” has a whole new meaning, because the last thing you want on a long car trip is a cranky baby. It’s still a smart idea to have food to ease an especially grumpy Aiden at bay. We like the Organix finger food variety because it’s stripped of added sugar and toxic nasties; AJ’s favourites are the rice cakes and carrot sticks.
He also enjoys the same brand of gingerbread men that I used to get for myself. And though he steals mine, having his favourite fruit on hand is still a smart idea, and he enjoys drinking ice-cold water from his sippy cup.
To me, any trip that lasts more than an hour is deemed long. When we go out and about, I always have a snack in my pocket, but I figured like an 8-hour round trip needed a little more planning, and finding something nutritious to snack on did make the long drive more pleasant.
What kinds of treats do you pack for a long road trip?
On your most recent road trip, where did you want to go? How long did it take you to complete it?