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January 10, 2024

Going on a long road trip? Here are the best snacks to pack, according to a dietitian

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Living in a country as vast as Australia means that road trips during holiday periods are pretty much the norm.

While many of us are all too familiar with the major food stops, it also means that we need some snacks to help break up the long drives.

So, if a road trip is on the agenda in the coming months, here are some of the better snacks to help keep you alert – without ingesting too many extra unnecessary calories.

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Young woman sitting in her car, opening a take out bag, eating fast food and drinking soda and coffee. In a rush, multi tasking, eating take out burger, french fries and dessert while driving a car.

Chopped veggies

Maybe not the first food you think of when thinking of a snack, chopped vegetables make a perfect car snack as they do not make a mess, they are low calorie and they are the one type of food that is hard to find when travelling.

Fill up a container with chopped carrot, capsicum, celery, and cucumber for a nutrient-rich hit that you can munch on to your heart’s content.

Wraps

It may sound like a labour-intensive option, but it is actually extremely quick and easy to add some lean meat, cheese and leaves to a wholegrain wrap, cut them into bite-sized pieces and pack into a chilled lunch box.

Not only will you get a balanced mix of protein and carbs, but it will save you a lot of money and calories – especially when compared to foods you will find at service stations and fast-food outlets along the way.

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Chicken Wrap Sandwich

Cheese and crackers

There are loads of pre-packaged snacks available, but the reality is that many of them are less than ideal nutritionally.

Processed meat snacks are not good for our digestive system and are high in fat and salt, trail mixes that contain dried fruits are high in sugars, and there are plenty of processed biscuit and dip packs that contain more calories than an entire meal.

One pre-packed snack option that is a good option is cheese and crackers, especially if you seek out better quality cracker options. Portion-controlled, tasty, and offering protein, a pack of cheese and crackers along with some chopped veggies will help to keep you satisfied for a couple of hours before your next meal stop. 

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Coffee

On long road trips, a stop every couple of hours is crucial to ensure you keep focused and alert if driving, and to also stretch your legs and get the blood pumping.

However, on these stops it can be tempting to pick up high-calorie snacks like lollies and chocolates at service stations. Instead ordering a hot drink like a milk-based coffee or tea will ensure you have something to sip on while drinking that is calorie-controlled and may even aid focus and concentration.

Man holding coffee in car

Sugar-free lollies

Long gone are the days when it was acceptable to suck on various sweets for an entire 10-12 hour road trip, but the good news is that there is a growing range of sugar-free candy options including mints, gum and gummy lollies that can give you all the sweetness you need to break up the hours, minus any extra sugar or calories.

Just watch how many you do indulge in, as too many can cause tummy upsets. 

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