For me, school has been out just long enough for me to start to realize that it’s actually summer. Admittedly, we gave ourselves a week of veg out time to just recover from the busy schedule of end of year events but it’s now time to jump into our summer routine. While we have tons of activities scheduled around where we live, one of the things we love most during the summer months is taking road trips across the state. From the mountains to the plains to the sparkling coast, we like to see it all and do it all. However, it’s important to me that we fuel all our adventures in a simple, healthy and delicious way. That’s why this year I’ve gotten smart and put together a list of healthy road trip essentials that fuel our bodies and satisfy our hunger while providing a delicious snack that’s convenient enough to take along!
We’ve been taking cross-state road trips ever since we moved to the mountains over ten years ago. Since I grew up on the coast, it just feels like going home and while I love the destination, finding ways to make the trip more enjoyable can be a little bit of a challenge. It’s just a fact that seven plus hours in the car with kids can be a little tiring. Add to that the fact that the hubs does not like to stop and naturally, a little creativity is required on my part to come up with ways to make the trip more enjoyable. Knowing that a great snack can break up the trip and make our time in the car more enjoyable, I’ve put together a perfect list helps make traveling more delicious with a few road trip essentials.
Start with the Perfect Protein
Tip: Whether you’re simply into snacking, trying to eat healthy or looking for the perfect road trip muchies, protein is always the perfect place to start. In fact, whether I’m packing up road trip essentials for myself or my teen, finding a great protein based on-the-go snack that we can all enjoy is at the top of my list. Since I’ve been trying to incorporate more responsibly raised proteins into our diet at home, Lorissa’s Kitchen protein snacks of course caught my attention when I recently saw then in the snack aisle at my local Kroger banner store. With delicious options that are made from responsibly raised proteins like 100% grass-fed beef and responsibly raised pork, these snack options were the perfect starting point for my road trip essentials.
Founded on a passion for great tasting food that’s made with ingredients I can find right in my own kitchen, Lorissa’s Kitchen protein snacks are not only totally delicious but they are also amazingly filling and a perfect grab-and-go snack for road trips! While I picked them up with my upcoming road trip in mind, I’ve quickly discovered that these snacks are perfect for any time that we’re looking for a healthy, portable snack that boasts awesome flavor! In fact, I’ve had to stock up since Lorissa’s Kitchen has become a snack time essential for the entire family.
By using Lorissa’s Kitchen protein snacks as a start point for our road trip essentials, I can ensure that there will be no temptations to stop at gas stations and make less than healthy snacking choices.
But even better, I’ve discovered that noshing on responsibly raised proteins means that we can enjoy road trip snacking while still staying on track to our healthy living goals.
Add in Some Fruit
While I’ll admit that protein is the basis for getting through long road trips, I like to compliment the amazingly delicious flavors of Lorissa’s Kitchen with delicious fruit selections to create a perfect road trip snacking experience. Our two favorite varieties of Lorissa’s Kitchen protein snacks are Korean Barbeque Beef and Ginger Teriyaki Chicken! With their unique and bold flavors, these protein snacks pair perfectly with more tropical fruit options like pineapple, mango and kiwi!
While the Lorissa’s Kitchen protein snacks are definitely the star of our road trip snacking essentials, by pairing them with juicy fruit options that compliment the delicious flavors I’m able to create a true snacking experience with each and every tender bite. Add to that the refreshing taste of fruit and the hunger beating power of protein and seven hours seems to fly by without one compliant of hunger! Total mom win when it comes to road tripping!
Don’t Forget the Water
Rounding out our road trip snacking essentials is, of course, water! Just as I try to keep the snacking options as simple and natural as possible, I also do the same by pairing our road trips snacks with water to keep us hydrated along the way.
A simple trick I like to use is filling then freezing reusable water bottles so that as we travel down the road, they melt to refreshingly cold perfection! Then, any time the desire to snack strikes (which with a car full of boys is quite often) I’ve got everything I need to provide every member of my family with delicious, protein-packed snacks that keep us going strong for the entire trip.
Don’t Forget the Simple Comforts
While providing the perfect snack is definitely the key ingredient to making road trips zoom by, ensuring we’re stocked up on essentials that keep us comfortable can round out our road trip must-have list in a delightful way! Sunnies, some head phones and and a blanket for the back seat (because someone is always cold) can turn a long, boring trip into one that we actually look forward to!
And by simply being prepared with the right healthy snacks and a few essentials, the trip seems to zoom by and before we know it, we’re at our destination!
Whether you’re traveling this summer or simply want to make better snacking choices that you can feel good about, it’s time to discover the un-matched taste and quality of Lorissa’s Kitchen protein snacks at your local Kroger or Kroger banner store. Be sure to look for the four globally inspired flavors that are high in protein, low in carbs, low in fat, have no MSG, no preservatives and are gluten free in the snack aisle today!
Then pack up the perfect road trip essentials bag with my tips above to ensure that whether you’re going across the state, across the country or just across town, you have everything you need to ensure that you trip is fueled in the most delicious way!
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Tell me, what will you pair with Lorissa’s Kitchen protein snacks to make your summer road trip truly delicious?