Five Tips for Eating on the Road By Monica La Vella

Summer and road trips go together like hummus and crackers. (Mmmm… hummus…)

Road trips used to be a tricky thing as a vegan. Gas stations all offered the same vegan option: peanuts. But peanuts aren’t going to sustain me during a five-day car trip to Las Vegas. So I’m feeling pretty grateful that we live in a time where vegan options can be found everywhere. You just need to be creative.

Here are the top five things to keep in mind for the road trips you’re planning this summer.

1. PACK RIGHT
We always do a Costco run before heading out on a big car trip. I like to have some options on the road when we’re an hour away from our next stop and everyone’s tummies begin to growl. We need backup before the hangry monster rears its ugly head. Our favourite healthy snacks include mini bags of nuts, mini hummus and guacamole containers, and mini carrot packs. We also keep a container of organic nut butter and crackers handy. Simple protein!

2. SNACK RIGHT 
You don’t HAVE to eat three full meals a day when you’re on the road. Snacking throughout the day will offer the same belly-happy feelings (and you don’t need to stop for a quick snack like you do for a meal!)

3. BALANCE 
Having a variety of food groups on hand keeps your head in the right place. Snacking on potato chips for a whole trip won’t help you drive. Try crackers with nut butter and a side of carrots with guacamole. Grains, protein, fats, veggies, DONE! 

4. SWITCH IT UP
Hummus AGAIN? Don’t get me wrong, I love hummus as much as the next veggie, but I don’t want to get sick of my fave snack food just because it’s all I’ve got. Switch things up!

5. LOOK AHEAD 
Try to plan your stops based on the closest Pita Pit, Subway, or other veg-friendly stop. We actually DO do this. I know every Chipotle from here to Florida.

MUST-HAVES FOR ROAD TRIPS

  • Granola bars (bonus points for homemade) 
  • Mini hummus/guacamole containers 
  • Mason jar full of nuts
  • Box of crackers 
  • Nut butter 
  • Apples and bananas 
  • Chopped veggies 
  • Chocolate 
  • Ginger chews
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