5 easy ways to eat healthy while traveling with kids (plus healthy travel snack recipes galore)

August 1, 2014

Travel snack recipes & tips for eating healthy on vacation | One Hungry Mama

Traveling often means not knowing where your next meal is coming from or whether it will be healthy. And even healthy (or healthy sounding) restaurant options can be deceptive. Taking control of snacks and finding easy ways to boost the nutrition of restaurant or room service meals is the best way to keep it healthy while traveling. And also not stressing too much about it, but more on that in a minute.

Here are my 5 favorite tricks for making smart family food choices while traveling, along with tons of delicious, money-saving travel snack recipes.

1. Take control of snack time.

I know that the last thing you want to do when you arrive at your destination is hit the grocery store, but a 10-minute food shopping trip can make the difference between being at the mercy of restaurants and eating healthfully. It’ll be quick, just look for things like:

  • Fresh fruits and veggies that don’t need to be cut (e.g., bananas, apples, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots)
  • Freeze-dried fruit
  • Whole grain crackers or tortilla chips, squeezie pouches and other easy, on-the-go snacks
  • Whole wheat bread (look for one without high fructose corn syrup and preservatives) and a nut or seed butter

2. Put an avocado on it!

A ripe avocado is the ultimate on-the-go nutrition boost. You can throw one in your bag with a plastic knife and spoon and cut it open for a quick snack right out of the shell or add it to a restaurant grilled cheese, pasta, burger—whatever!

3. Ask for what you want.

Ask for healthier options at restaurants even when it doesn’t seem like they exist. Though many restaurants limit kid offering to fried chicken fingers or greasy grilled cheese, you’ll be hard pressed to find one that won’t whip up a PB&J on demand. Or ask for an old-fashioned cheese sandwich and whip out that avocado. Don’t be shy!

4. Embrace balance: keep it healthy and fun.

If there was ever a time to give yourself a break, vacation is it. Take the time to set yourself up right with that quick grocery run, and then let go. The whole point of adding baby carrots to kiddo’s plate is so that you can relax when they also gobble a mound of fries. As long as you’re making sure that they have healthy options at mosts meal, you’re doing your job. Yes, even if they ignore the healthy options. The point isn’t to force vegetables, but to make a point to your kids and also set them up to make a healthy choice if they are so inclined. It’s rare, I know, but even kids sometimes tire of eating greasy food day after day for days on end.

5. Make healthy travel snack recipes for the road.

You can also make your travel day healthier (and more affordable!) by preparing with healthy, homemade travel snacks.


You can learn how to make my Very Berry Oatmeal Muffins, our favorite on-the-road snack in this video, as well as get some of my favorite healthy store-bought snack suggestions.


If you’re traveling through lunchtime, make a batch of these healthier Baked Corn Dog Bites. If you’ll be too busy leading up to your departure, make them a week or more in advance and freeze them. Defrost and warm before you go for a filling lunch that’s way better for you than road food.


These healthy school lunch snack recipes also serve as great travel snacks. Granola bars save the day on a road trip!

Best Travel Snack recipes at Cool Mom Picks I also rounded up a bunch of amazing, super easy travel snack recipes over at Cool Mom Picks. This is the best round up of travel snacks that the internet has to offer. This is big.

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