100 lb. Club - Snack/Food Suggestions for a long car trip




Onederchic
04-01-2010, 04:06 PM
After being here in New York for almost 2 years, my boyfriend is FINALLY taking me back to Tennessee so I can get the rest of my belongings out of storage (he put in for a week of vacation starting April 14th). This will be an 1800+ mile trip in a car. We will be stopping once on the way there for sleep and once on the way back. What I am needing is suggestions/advice for snacks/foods that are healthy(ish), easy to eat and/or prepare (in a car, lol), that won't get soggy, stale or rotten on us.


mescelestus
04-01-2010, 04:28 PM
I just did this exact trip this weekend! I went from New York City to Nashville TN...Have done it before will do it again (I am moving to Nashville). I am not sure how much prep you are willing to do...but I took yogurts (fage 2%) in a cooler along with low fat string cheese...(really whatever you want to take that needs to be refrigerated is ok...bc my ice lasted beyond 8 hrs and you can change it at a gas station). I also took a box of atkins bars...but if you have a favorite type of protein bar you should take it along. Have fun, and I hope that helped!

Onederchic
04-01-2010, 04:30 PM
Thanks so much :D ♥


BeachBreeze2010
04-01-2010, 04:38 PM
I usually pack two small coolers. One that stays in the car and one to bring into the hotel room. (I hate bringing heavy coolers up the stairs - maybe once I get to goal, it won't be so bad! ;) ) Also, I put the food in a gallon zip lock bag so it doesn't get exposed to the ice as it melts. I put fruits that don't have pits or skins like grapes and berries, string cheese, whole grain crackers, yogurt squeezie tubes and bottled water in the car cooler. In the motel cooler, I usually just put water or diet soda in the small bottles. (I can't give up my morning diet coke!) When we stop for gas, I try to find the ones that have a Subway in them so we can have a sandwich and then just eat the snacks as we travel. Breakfast is always hard. If you're lucky the gas station will have those individual portion cereal bowls that you can pour a pint of milk in. Not easy to drive with, but you can eat it before you get going. Mostly, I find on the trip if I can keep myself interested in something else, it helps a lot! I get bored sitting there beside a big bag of food and just want to eat. Bring along some CDs or a book. Books on tape are nice so the passenger and driver can both engage. You can get them from the library. My husband and I play games in the car even if the kids aren't along (although the topics can be more creative! :devil:) like "I'm thinking of an animal, item, place, etc." (a variation of 20 questions) or "the alphabet game" (you find a letter A and then a B, etc. - not good in rural areas).

I love car trips. It's such a great way to spend time with someone without TV, internet or cell phone distractions. DH and I always joke that if we drive long enough we get divorced and married again all in one trip. It brings out all of those things you want to say, you fight it out and resolve it. You're stuck together for next so many hours.

Have fun!

cfmama
04-01-2010, 04:39 PM
A cooler filled with:
cheese sticks
yogurt cups
applesauce
low sodium sandwich meats
carrot sticks
celery
LOTS of fruit

I'd also take low calorie granola bars, preportioned bags of cereal, rice cakes etc.

joannie
04-01-2010, 04:42 PM
I have taken veggie sticks, yogurts, and individual sized cans of tuna for protein (with the easy pull off tops). But I also like the idea of eating before you go and when you stop (i.e. Subway or something you have packed). For me, I used to spend road trips doing nothing but eating in the car (potato chips, candy, chocolate, soda, etc, etc). So now that is gone, I am not a big eater in the car. But 1800+ miles is a loong one, so I can see wanting healthy options.

Onederchic
04-01-2010, 05:03 PM
Thanks for the tips and suggestions y'all ♥

calluna
04-01-2010, 05:14 PM
I would also add Kind bars, pumpkin seeds, and pistachios (in the shell - half a cup in a sandwich baggie, another baggie for shells). And a lot of water bottles.

Onederchic
04-01-2010, 05:19 PM
Thanks calluna!

CanadianCutie
04-01-2010, 05:57 PM
Apples, baby carrots, air popped popcorn, lots of water. A couple gallon freezer bags of chipped ice and a travel mug or plastic cup (chipped ice is great for "snacking" on).

Have a safe trip, and have fun.

Onederchic
04-01-2010, 06:04 PM
Thanks CC!

sotypical
04-01-2010, 06:14 PM
I love mini rice cakes in the car!

Onederchic
04-01-2010, 06:18 PM
Thank you :)

ubergirl
04-01-2010, 06:25 PM
I take a 1000 mile drive every summer and actually I've started to be more like Joanie. I pack meals rather than snacks-- it's easy to over snack in a car since a lot of the eating tends to be eating from boredom.

A few other suggestions for foods that carry easily:

hard-boiled eggs
individual portions of nuts/almonds-- (but of course, you have to watch these...)

Onederchic
04-01-2010, 06:41 PM
Thanks ubergirl :)

Gourmet Bean
04-01-2010, 06:57 PM
A little tip... Put some salt in with the ice. I mean it. It keeps the ice frozen/colder longer. I usually put some ice in, then shake some salt over it, and then put more ice in so none of my food gets salty (even though they're in baggies).

Onederchic
04-01-2010, 07:19 PM
Thanks for the tip, Natalie :)

synger
04-01-2010, 09:27 PM
We plan to stop for meals at places I can find on-plan food, so I only worry about snacks in the car. I take protein bars, almonds, beef jerky, and a couple apples (just in case wherever we stop considers "potatoes" to be a vegetable. /sigh).

Onederchic
04-01-2010, 09:37 PM
Thanks :)

SlimBy2011
04-01-2010, 10:33 PM
Cheese Crackers
Granola Bars
Nuts
Dried Fruit/Raisins
String Cheese
Apple Dippers
Pretzels
Rice Cakes
SmartFood White Cheddar Popcorn (pretty low in calories)
Whole Grain Crackers
PB&J
Trail Mix (the healthier kind)
Beef Jerky

Onederchic
04-01-2010, 11:07 PM
Thank you :)

knobhdy
04-02-2010, 09:25 AM
One I grew out of Chicken 'N Biscuit and easy-cheese (I know, I know :p) My sweetie and I started packing extremely thinly sliced lean roast beef, the best aged cheese we can afford and reduced fat crackers, in a little electric cooler in our car.
It is rich and filling enough that I do not mindlessly snack, but tasty enough to engage him and keep him from buying junk when we stop.
That, grapes and lots of water gets me to I-can-see-Ohio-from-here Pennsylvania.

Onederchic
04-02-2010, 02:09 PM
Thank you!

jessy 49
04-02-2010, 05:04 PM
We make a 1400 mile drive at least 4 times a year (2 round trips). For us, it is 3 driving days on the road. I have found that the ideal is to have NO snacks while driving. After all, sitting down doing nothing for 6 to 8 hours isn't using a lot of calories! Boredom is the biggest problem, not hunger! We stop for meals, of course -- Subway is a favorite lunch for us (and they are everywhere!)

Have a great trip!

Onederchic
04-02-2010, 05:04 PM
Thank you, Jessy :D

Onederchic
04-03-2010, 03:52 PM
How about tips to help keep a hyper dog calm during the long trip? I won't use a crate so that is out lol :|

aliquot
04-03-2010, 03:57 PM
Tranquilizers. :|

Onederchic
04-03-2010, 03:58 PM
:lol:

Michelle98272
04-03-2010, 09:41 PM
How about tips to help keep a hyper dog calm during the long trip? I won't use a crate so that is out lol :|

We have a very anxious Golden Retriever who pants and turns in circles on the seat for the entire duration of a road trip (record so far?? 5 hours) if we don't give her Benedryl. Get the dosage recommendation from the vet...it makes them very relaxed yet not knocked out. Best advice I ever received in regards to pet care. A nervous, salivating Golden Retriever is not a good travel companion.

mulder1921
04-03-2010, 11:14 PM
Sunflower seeds and baby carrots

Onederchic
04-03-2010, 11:30 PM
Thanks so much Michelle and mulder :D

jessy 49
04-04-2010, 09:29 AM
How about tips to help keep a hyper dog calm during the long trip? I won't use a crate so that is out lol :|

No crate for us either -- our dog barks constantly in a crate. We have to tranquilize our dog with drugs from the vet. We originally tried an anti-anxiety medication from the vet and it just made our dog worse (he runs from side to side in the car for hours, never settling down). Over the years we've been able to reduce the dosage by more than half so I count that as a success :p

JustBeckyV
04-04-2010, 10:46 AM
I did the same - pretty much the same suggestions. I had some cut up apples, carrots, yogurts, I did spurgle on some honey grahams as well.

Onederchic
04-04-2010, 02:50 PM
No crate for us either -- our dog barks constantly in a crate. We have to tranquilize our dog with drugs from the vet. We originally tried an anti-anxiety medication from the vet and it just made our dog worse (he runs from side to side in the car for hours, never settling down). Over the years we've been able to reduce the dosage by more than half so I count that as a success :p

Thanks! :hug:

Onederchic
04-04-2010, 02:53 PM
I did the same - pretty much the same suggestions. I had some cut up apples, carrots, yogurts, I did spurgle on some honey grahams as well.

Thanks Becky :D :hug: