What are good snacks for long road trips?

I've been commissioned by a co-worker to do up some snacks for her and her family (hubby and 2 youngsters) to a road trip out east. Only dietary stipulation is no meat (she is vegetarian, but I don't believe the rest of the family is). I thought about some banana bread and oatmeal cookies, but also other things with less sugar; high sugar with 2 kids in a small car makes for an adventurous car ride. Suggestions? Also, working with a *very* minimal budget.

  • Posted by: Mav
  • August 12, 2012


HinOh August 13, 2012
You could do mini frittatas - assuming you have eggs in the frig! Then use whatever cheeses and/or veggies you have to keep them vegetarian. Would provide some protein and something other than a sweet and they can be eaten at room temperature.
Kristen W. August 13, 2012
Lots of great ideas here. Along the lines of fresh fruit, I like a fruit salad b/c of the variety it brings, and the fact that it seems a little more "prepared" (and therefore a little more special) than just bringing whole fruit (though I'm not knocking whole fruit at all!). That and, as others have said, some good crackers or bread and cheese, and maybe some walnuts (or maybe walnuts with raisins mixed in)..that sounds like a pretty good spread to me.
calendargirl August 12, 2012
One way to avoid a minimum of spilled liquids in the car is fresh fruit, especially now with so many lovely stone fruits, grapes, and the end of the cherries. I agree with Quinciferous about bananas. Clementines are another good choice, easy peeling and they counteract thirst from nuts, cheese and crackers. Keep a couple of ziploc bags in the car and even the banana peels can be quarantined. Deposit the closed bags when you stop for gas,etc.
Louisa August 13, 2012
I second the clementines-when you peel them they make the car smell wonderful!
Quinciferous August 12, 2012
My family used to do many long car trips. We used to bring
-granola bars
-cheeses, sometimes small packaged ones (like Babybel)
-cut up carrots and celery
-apples and tangerines (can be eaten out of hand/peeled)
-bread or crackers
-lots of different dried fruit and nuts
-yogurt cups
-cookies and other small treats

We could go for hours on that spread -- though we'd still usually stop for lunch, to break up the 10-hour driving days.

One other note: bananas seem like a good idea, but they are the worst! They bruise so easily and their peels will make the car smell like rotting bananas for hours. Oranges are also not that great unless they are peel-able.
Sam1148 August 12, 2012
Hummus, Sprouts, cucumbers, sundried tomatoes, on cocktail rye breads. Put hummus on both sides to protect the bread, rye bread is fairly sturdy and holds up well, dress the sprouts with some oil and vinegar. (or use cheaper bagged mixed salad).
Wassabi Peas are also good--maybe too spicy for the kids and some picky eaters tho.
Some individual "Bento" like flat Tupperware for boxes for the kids. Use paper muffin liners and fill with grapes, carrot/celery sticks,nuts, crackers, Lunch meat (optional), sliced cheese and some dip---ranch maybe if they have cooler with cold packs. Think a 'healthy' type "Snackable" box.
Same for adults with olives---pitted, and cheese.
Hummm..the ranch dip might be too messy..hummus--again.
Sadassa_Ulna August 12, 2012
A recent thread about food for a long plane trip might help: http://www.food52.com/hotline/16190-food-for-a-long-plane-ride

Also, hummus and guacamole can be frozen in plastic containers and work as ice packs as they thaw; carrot sticks and rice crackers can be added for dippers. Homemade granola can be packed with individual yogurts (also frozen to extend duration in cooler), baked tofu or cheese sandwiches, PB&J?
Mav August 12, 2012
I thought about that! Excellent idea, but I run into a problem of how much do I contribute (monetarily). With baking, it's what I have in the house (a little bit of everything). Sorry, I should have stipulated in the question. I thought about asking her if she'd a) give me money to buy veggies for her (if she doesn't have the time) or if she bought them and I could prepare? Do you think that's reasonable?
Sam1148 August 12, 2012
I don't think it's unreasonable. You could draw up a sketch of the below 'bento' box idea, incorporating suggestions here and present it to her to let you do or do herself. Along with your baked good and cookies.
Sam1148 August 12, 2012
Oh, and look at Amanda's "Kids Lunch" ideas. The search function and go to 'features' "kids lunch".
JanetFL August 12, 2012
Mav, I do think it's reasonable. You can tell your co-worker that you're happy to provide the baked goods at no cost to her; and that you would be happy to shop for and prepare veggies, etc., if she is able to stand for the cost of those items.
JanetFL August 12, 2012
Oh, and fresh fruit would be good...
JanetFL August 12, 2012
How about hummus and assorted fresh vegetables in addition to your banana bread and oatmeal cookies?
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