Whether you’re on the road to home, to work, to vacation, or to the great unknown, it’s best to be prepared. We give a lot of thought to packing suitcases, making sure we have our phone charger, and bringing whatever book we’re in the middle of… but all too often, our travel snacks get the short shrift. We look around and settle for whatever’s handy.
But whether you want travel snacks for yourself or a family, healthy and filling foods go a long way toward making your traveling hours more pleasant. Where sugar-laden foods cause the inevitable rush and crash, and unnecessarily fatty or spicy foods can bring on indigestion, balanced and healthy travel snacks give both immediate gratification and long-term fullness
Basic Tips for the Best Travel Snacks
For snacks that travel well, start with fresh veggies, complex carbs, and nutrient-dense foods. This is why nearly every top-10 list of best travel snacks includes hummus. With an incredible nutrient profile and a cornucopia of flavors to choose from, hummus has the protein, complex carbs, heart-healthy fat, fiber, and vitamins and minerals to keep both you and your passengers happy
How to Make Simple yet Healthy Travel Snacks: 6 Recipes
In the time before your trip, you’ve got plenty on your mind. So to save you some effort, we looked through all the creative ideas at our HOPE Kitchen, Instagram community, and YouTube channel to find the best snacks that travel well. These are some of our favorites—but if you’re looking for more ideas, you can definitely start there!
What could be easier than a snack packed snugly into a mason jar? It stores well in a cooler, and is ready to eat as soon as you pop the lid. Not to mention this snack packs some major flavor. Thai Coconut Curry hummus, sliced red cabbage, grated carrot, sliced red pepper, cilantro, and cashew are layered together for a tasty and tangy treat.
These salt-and-pepper baked sweet potato slivers are one of the tastiest healthy travel snacks, full of complex carbs. And with a delightfully purple dip made from Original Recipe hummus blended with beetroot powder, you’ve got a fun and nutrient-dense dip for kids and adults alike.
Sandwiches are one of the best-known snacks that travel well… but before you grab peanut butter and jelly or the same ol’ deli meats, check out this delightfully fresh combo. Sautéed butternut squash, roasted beets, almond milk ricotta cheese, and Spicy Avocado hummus between two multigrain bread slices make for a travel snack that’s rich, fresh, filling, and entertaining!
While we’re talking about sandwiches as healthy travel snacks, we’ve gotta mention this delectable specimen to start your day right. Grab a sandwich roll or bagel, then stuff it with two over-medium eggs, sliced heirloom tomato, red onion, pea shoots, and Black Garlic hummus… and you’re ready to hit the road!
Whether you’re looking for something that’s good on a cracker, veggie sticks, or in an impromptu sammie, tuna salad fits the bill. This protein rich travel snack is a no-brainer to make, especially when you sub out the fatty mayo for flavorful hummus! We love Spicy Avocado or Jalapeño Cilantro hummus for adding a little spice.
Sometimes, you’re not in the mood for a meal. Some simple chips and dip will do the trick—but this time, ditch the potato or tortilla chips and make something with a bit more class! Simply mandoline some potatoes, beets, rutabaga, carrot, or other root veggies, and bake them with some sea salt and pepper. For a tasty hummus dip, we suggest Buffalo Bleu or Jalapeño Red.
Like these ideas? We haven’t even gotten started! You can find plenty more great travel snacks from our flavor creators and foodie friends, but with the creative flavors of HOPE Hummus, why not dream up your own? If you send us a fun pic, maybe you’ll be one of the next ideas we feature