4 Proven Ways to Healthy Eating On a Road Trip

July 6, 2016


It’s officially Summer and you know what that means, right? Vacation time is here! Mr. R and I also have our 20th Anniversary coming up this month and have planned an anniversary getaway to beautiful Mt. Mitchell in the Appalachian Mountains situated in the Pisgah National Forest. I can’t wait!

In years past, we didn’t really do too much to celebrate our anniversary, the usual date night out was about as good as it got. But, when you have kids to care for and bills to pay the finances weren’t always available to plan anything other than a date night. That was until last year … since we are officially empty nesters we both decided we would start a new anniversary tradition and plan a 3 night, 4 day getaway tailored just for us. Last year we spent time horse back riding through the Western North Carolina mountains and rented a private cabin for 2. We also went hiking to each and every waterfall in the area. You can read about our adventure here .

This year Mr. R wanted to spend time fishing and hiking and I wanted to visit the open season art studios and open air markets while gazing at the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. So we rented a private river house that sits right on the South Toe River. Mr. R just has to roll out of bed and take a 3 minute walk to his fishing spot while I relax on the porch listening to the beautiful sounds of the river. We will also be tubing down the river and minutes away we will hike to the local water falls. It’s going to be amazing!


However, we will have a 4 hour drive to our river house and that means eating on the road that day. While a fast food stop would be totally up Mr. R’s alley it will not meet my dietary needs. I don’t eat fast food and I don’t want Mr. R to eat fast food either, well, at least when I have a say about it lol. So, what will I be packing, you wonder?

Healthy Foods to Pack for Your Road Trip


I always like to make a Ploughman’s Sandwich consisting of meats such as:

  • Prosciutto
  • Hard Salami
  • Chorizo
  • Spanish Ham

and a selection of cheeses, such as:

  • Aged Cheddar
  • Comte
  • Goat Cheese
  • A nicely aged Gruyère

depending on my meat and cheese selections I will add:

  • Whole Grain Mustard
  • Fig Jam
  • Thinly Sliced Apples drizzled with lemon juice (to preserve color) for a bit of a crunch

Then I decide on which type of bread to use:

  • Ciabatta
  • Sourdough
  • Brioche for a bit of sweetness, if I desire

I’ll make one large sandwich, cut it into four easy to handle portions, wrap it in plastic wrap and then tin foil which holds everything together nicely.

For Something Crunchy


I always like to include something crunchy, no NOT a bag of chips, however, Mr. R will probably pick one up for himself while we stop for gas or other needs.

My crunchy choices are:

  • Fermented Mini Cucumbers
  • Celery Sticks with Hummus
  • Pickled Okra
  • Pistachios
  • Macadamia Nuts

For Something Sweet


You just can’t forget the something sweet! For some reason, I always want a sweet snack when traveling and Mr. R, well, he’ll probably pick up his favorite candy bar while buying his bag of chips as well as eat all the things I have packed for us lol … men I still don’t understand them 🙂

Here are my something sweet choices:

  • Organic Green Seedless Grapes
  • Tangerines
  • Peaches or
  • Plums

While this looks like I’m packing for a family of 4 or 5, I do pick and choose from my list so Mr. R doesn’t tease me about being a food hoarder, which he does often. Just between me and you I am a food hoarder shh keep it under your hat okay? 😉

You see with just a little bit of planning you can satisfy your lunchtime hunger as well as your sweet and crunchy cravings while travelling and keep to your healthy eating habits without the need for fast food or convenience store foods. Well, that is as long as you’re not Mr. R lol … poor guy I’m always picking at him lol

The best thing is you do not need to lug around a cooler and worry about things staying cold. I like to travel light and a cooler is just not in my criteria of packables.

I thought you might like a printable to keep on your refrigerator as a reminder! Just click the photo for your download!

Road Trip SnacksDo you pack healthy snacks or do you just rely on fast food and convenience stores to satisfy your cravings?

See you in the comments,




By Mrs. R