This past weekend I roadtripped it from Ohio to Atlanta, where my sister got married in a country field in the sunshine, and where we swatted mosquitoes and drank beer out of Mason jars and had an altogether lovely time. For the trip down, I wanted to stay refreshed and stave off the munchies with something tasty but light. Thus I discovered my new favorite travel snack — the perfect little bundle of green.
Sugar snap peas! I bought this big bag of sugar snap peas at Costco while stocking up on a few last supplies for my sister's wedding reception, and my husband and I munched on them all the way down the highway through the Smoky Mountains.
Like all good travel food, sugar snap peas can be shoved into a backpack without breakage or smushing; they don't need any cutting or peeling; they are completely self-contained with no need for dips or extras on the side. They are cool and refreshing, but not too noisy or laborious to eat (carrot sticks, I'm looking at you). They also don't smell funny (I've quit traveling with bananas altogether). And they don't really need to be refrigerated — at least for a day or two.
And while we're here, let me give you one more of my favorite travel foods: Blueberries! They have almost all of the excellent characteristics mentioned above: they're refreshing, a little sweet, and don't need to be trimmed or peeled. They're small enough to pop in your mouth and not splatter everywhere. They are a little more fragile though; for this reason I think they're better for car trips than plane trips, where your luggage tends to be a bit more compressed.
What are your favorite fresh, healthy travel snacks? Do you indulge in either of these?
(Images: Faith Durand)