10 Healthy Snacks for the Car

10 Healthy Snacks for the Car

Sheela Prakash
May 3, 2018
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If you're planning a long car ride, aside from mapping out where you're going, the second most important thing to organize is your snack situation. A growling stomach is a dangerous thing to have when you're in such tight quarters. Rather than settling for unhealthy roadside stops, keep a few wholesome snacks on hand to reach for whenever you need them.

These 10 recipes keep well without refrigeration, so you can leave the cooler at home, and are full of whole grains, protein, and fiber.

1. No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

What makes this no-bake cookie unique is the use of quinoa flakes, which add an extra dose of protein to the mix while keeping them whole-grain and gluten-free.

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2. Smoked Almond Snack Bars

Snack bars don't always need to be sweet. These protein- and fiber-rich nut and seed bars are spiked with smoked paprika and garlic powder to ensure your craving for something savory also gets satisfied.

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3. How To Make Crispy Roasted Chickpeas in the Oven

While these salty, protein-packed chickpeas will be at their crispiest just out of the oven, they'll still be tasty eaten at room temperature in your car.

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4. Olive Oil Carrot Muffins

Using applesauce in these muffins not only makes them low in added sugar, but it also keeps them incredibly moist. That means they'll keep well for days at room temperature.

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5. Vanilla Cashew Clusters

You've been warned: It's all too easily to inhale the whole batch of these lightly sweetened clusters on a long car ride. But in the off chance you don't, take the rest home and sprinkle them over your morning bowl of yogurt.

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6. Broccoli-Cheddar Cracker

Snacking on these crackers could be the easiest way to get more veggies in your diet, since they're made with frozen broccoli. (If you only have fresh broccoli in your fridge, you can definitely use that too.)

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7. Muesli Snacking Cookies

While this wholesome recipe calls for store-bought muesli, you can easily make your own by combining rolled oats with dried fruit and chopped nuts and seeds.

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8. How To Make Homemade Copycat KIND Bars

While KIND bars are an easy pick for a feel-good snack, making them at home is cheaper. Dipping the bars in chocolate is optional if you're trying to make them extra healthy, but we don't think a little chocolate ever hurt anyone.

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9. Peanut Butter, Banana, and Granola Wrap

These whole-wheat wraps are a well-balanced choice if you need an extra-hearty snack. The recipe calls for grilling the wraps, but if you're packing them up for the car, you can simply skip this step.

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10. Deluxe Tropical Trail Mix

Adding popped quinoa or millet to this tropical-inspired trail mix gives it extra crunch as well as a dose of whole-grain goodness, which is never a bad thing.

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