Healthy Road Trip Meals for Dinner – 15 Best Travel Meal Ideas

How do you eat healthy on a long road trip?

A road trip entails visiting friends, family, or going to a new place that requires you to be on the road for several hours (sometimes a whole day). And while you are stuck in your car, you must also be aware of the food you eat throughout the day. You can’t be eating chips throughout the day, can you? So instead of stopping at a restaurant or gas station to buy food (which adds more to your travel time), here are some tips on how you can have a healthy road trip:

Plan ahead. This means packing nutritious food and beverage choices ahead of time. Make sure you include protein and fiber-rich snacks because they can make you feel full. Some examples are nuts, whole-grain crackers, dried fruits, and more. You can also bring in grilled chicken or turkey sandwiches and vegetables.

Bring a cooler. You will definitely have more food choices if you consider bringing a cooler. You can fill your cooler with fresh fruits such as berries and some cut-up veggies. You can also bring low-fat yogurts, hummus, milk boxes, and wrapped cheese snacks. 

Don’t forget your beverages. More specifically, water. To avoid being tempted to buy soda at the nearest gas stops, make sure you stock up on bottled waters during your trip. 

What is the best food to take on a road trip?

The best set of foods to bring on a road trip are those that are rich in protein and fiber. This can include both snacks and meals. Another good thing to note is that you can never go wrong with fruits. Fresh fruit is not only highly nutritious but also brings a great benefit when taking a long road trip: keeping your bowel movements regular. Since fruits are high-fiber foods, they will help prevent constipation caused by inactivity. Some fruits to bring on your road trip are strawberries, apples, and bananas. 

And instead of being tempted to buy unhealthy chips to munch on, why not pack some dried fruit or veggie chips? You can also make your own trail mix which provides protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Just mix in some raw or roasted nuts and seeds, dried fruits, dried coconut, and dark chocolate chips!

For more high-protein and fiber snacks, you can bring:

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Fruits (dried or fresh) such as apples, raisins, oranges, bananas, berries, grapes
  • Veggies such as mini carrots, celery sticks, cucumber slices
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese 
  • Protein bar
  • Granola bar
  • String cheese
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Jerky (can be beef, turkey, chicken, or fish)
  • Hummus
  • Whole-grain bread 
  • Whole-grain crackers 
  • Baked potato
  • Popcorn

Healthy road trip meal recipes

Yes, you can pack some protein or granola bar, plain pieces of fruits, baked potatoes, and more. But if you will be on the road for a very long period of time, you may eventually get tired of them. So what if I tell you that you can actually prepare a variety of healthy and easy delicious snacks and meals for a road trip? Here are the 15 best road trip meal recipes that you won’t get tired of!  

15. Strawberry Salad with Chicken

This strawberry salad with chicken, spinach, feta and basil is the ultimate easy summer salad! Made in less than 20 minutes, it’s a quick and easy meal that’s perfect as a lunch or dinner.

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14. Keto Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

Whether you fork it, scoop it or lay it on lettuce… you won’t be disappointed in this super yummy Keto Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps! Topped with bacon and avocado makes it super yummy!

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13. Chickpea Salad with Cucumbers and Tomatoes (High Protein, Vegan)

This chickpea salad combines spices and acidity like no other salad does. It’s high in protein and fats, thus, will keep you full for the whole day.

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12. Mexican Red Bean Quinoa Casserole Meal Prep

Missing Mexican flavors? These red bean quinoa casserole meal prep bowls are full of flavors, easy to make, and just delicious. It’s vegetarian, high protein, and gluten-free as well!

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11. Easy Cobb Salad Recipe

Cobb salad also called chicken cobb salad is a rich, healthy and filling salad. So filling it can serve as a main meal. This filling salad recipe has some lettuce, crunchy bacon, tomatoes, chicken chunks, avocado slices, hard boiled eggs and some chives or onions with a creamy salad or Vaigrenette dressing.

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10. Chicken Caesar Wraps

For me, the key to a successful road trip is all in the planning – what route to take, what food to bring and potential interesting stops along the way.

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9. Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad with Roasted Veggies (Oil-Free!)

Fun fusilli pasta, creamy vegan pesto, earthy chickpeas, and bright roasted vegetables, combine for a quick, easy, and colorful vegan pesto pasta salad. This recipe is oil-free but full of flavor. Serve cold as a perfect side dish for a summer cookout or warm as your main course.

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8. Shredded Rainbow Salad with Edamame

Sometimes my body yearns for something fresh and healthy, especially after making my famous brie tartiflette yesterday yet again. This shredded rainbow salad is an excellent vitamin boost for these cold rainy days. You can serve it as a vegan meal on its own or as a side dish with protein.

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7. Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles [Zoodles Recipe]

Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles are zoodles sauteed with fresh, everyday vegetables and tossed in a delectable Thai peanut sauce. Zucchini pasta is an easy dinner recipe that can be served warm or chilled as a pasta salad for lunch.

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6.  5 Ingredient Healthy Kale and Quinoa Bowl

A 5 ingredient healthy kale and quinoa bowl that uses only five ingredients and takes less than 25 minutes to make.

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5. BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

A bagged salad, leftover rotisserie chicken and a few other simple ingredients make for an easy salad. This recipe packs perfectly in lunchboxes or layered in a mason jar for mom or dad.

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4. Instant Pot Spanish Quinoa

How to make a Spanish quinoa in the instant pot. Similar flavours to a classic paella with chorizo, peas, red peppers, saffron, turmeric and paprika. An easy to make one pot Mediterranean lunch in the instant pot.

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3. Instant Pot Caesar Chicken Wraps

I’ve been trying to use my Instant Pot more and these Instant Pot Caesar Chicken Wraps have become a lunchtime go to for me!

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2. Pulao Recipe | Vegetable Pulao In A Pot

Pulao or pilaf, is comfort food at its best and I make it when I want to cook something quick, easy and satisfying. This one-pot dish made with rice and vegetables has added spices and herbs, giving it a mild aromatic flavor.

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1. Methi Thepla Recipe

Methi Thepla recipe or methi na thepla – a Gujarati flatbread made from fenugreek leaves, whole wheat flour along with some spices. This is healthy snack or meal recipe that is served with plain yogurt.

Check it here.

Healthy Road Trip Meals for Dinner - 15 Best Travel Meal Ideas

Healthy Road Trip Meals for Dinner - 15 Best Travel Meal Ideas

A road trip entails visiting friends, family, or going to a new place that requires you to be on the road for several hours (sometimes a whole day). And while you are stuck in your car, you must also be aware of the food you eat throughout the day. You can’t be eating chips throughout the day, can you? So instead of stopping at a restaurant or gas station to buy food (which adds more to your travel time), here are some tips on how you can have a healthy road trip.

Ingredients

  • Strawberry Salad with Chicken
  • Keto Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
  • Chickpea Salad with Cucumbers and Tomatoes
  • Mexican Red Bean Quinoa Casserole Meal Prep
  • Easy Cobb Salad Recipe

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