Healthy Road Trip Snacks On A Budget

It’s that time of year – you’re off on a road trip, but you don’t want to sabotage all your hard work by stocking up on the old faithful road trip junk food options. But with the cost of petrol, accomodation and everything else that comes with a road trip, the last thing you want to be doing is spending $6 on one protein ball – don’t worry, I feel you.

What To Pack On Your Road Trip

Below are some of the healthiest (and most satisfying) road trip snacks that wont cost you an arm and a leg.

1. Pretzels


For around $3 you can buy a 6 pack of pretzels, which are perfectly portioned for a 100 calorie serve, so that you’re not tempted to dive deep into the family bag.

2. Banana Bread


Make this in a batch so that you can portion it out and freeze what you don’t need

Serves 16

255 Calories per serve

15 mins prep

45 mins cooking


125g Rolled Oats

3 Cups Self Raising Wholemeal Flour (450g)

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder (7g)

135g Brown Sugar

3 Banana (303g)

150g Butter, No Added Salt, melted

1 1/2 Cups Low Fat Milk (375g)

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Essence (10g)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Lightly spray two 17.5cm x 8.5cm (base measurement) loaf tins with olive oil spray. Line bases with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Combine oats, flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Mash bananas until almost smooth. Add banana, butter, milk and vanilla essence to dry ingredients. Fold together until evenly combined; do not overbeat.
  3. Divide mixture between lined pans. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Leave in tins for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Cut banana bread into slices to serve.

3. Fruit


Bananas, apples, grapes and strawberries go down a treat on road trips.

4. Popcorn


Air pop your own at home or, like the pretzels, buy the individually portioned packs. You can buy a 10 pack for around $4.50

5. Roasted chickpeas and fava beans


They’re crunchy, delicious and moorish. If you want a substitute for chips, this is a great option. Find the individual portions in the health food isle.

6. Fun size chocolate

If you really need that bit of chocolate to get you through a long drive, opt for the fun size option and go for something that is a good quality chocolate.

7. Hard boiled eggs


A perfect source of protein, they’ll keep you full and satisfied.

8. Nuts


Count out your portions before you leave and put them in small sandwich bags so that you don’t overdo it.

9. Water

Don’t forget to keep hydrated. It might be tempting to cut back on the water so you don’t have to make too many pit stops but if you allow yourself to get too dehydrated, that’s when you’ll start reaching for that second and third snack bag of pretzels.

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