It’s finally summer! And you know what the best thing about summer is?! ROAD TRIPS! Have you been working on your summer body? Want to go on a road trip or vacation and still eat healthy? Here are some tips and tricks on how to road trip the healthy way!

When I took a road trip from Green Bay, Wisconsin to Atlanta, Georgia, I wanted to continue eating healthy as I was already doing so all summer. I hated going on vacation and coming back gaining 5+ pounds, bloated, and feeling set back. When we were planning out road trip, I decided that wasn’t going to happen this time around. I wanted my boyfriend and I to continue eating healthy so I packed a well-balanced, easy, grab-n-go cooler (and bag) filled with great snack options!

The following are the tips and tricks I used when packing our cooler:

  1. Pack SMALL cold items – when packing the cooler, I needed to make sure that anything that needed to be refrigerated would fit in our hotel fridge as well, so it could last us a few days to a week. Therefore, I packed things like low-fat string cheese, Greek yogurts, berries, grapes, and baby carrots.
  2. Create your own trail mix – as something more “snacky” create your own trail mix! We mixed, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, dried cranberries, and dark chocolate chips together for ours! You can add any other dried fruit or chocolate chips you want. For kids, add any dried fruits and nuts they like, plus chocolate chips, marshmallows or M&Ms and whole-grain gold fish. The possibilities are endless with this!
  3. PROTEIN – I always make sure to get some high protein snacks in to help me stay full and keep away from carb-loaded snacks. We packed low-fat string cheese, Greek yogurts, trail mix, and beef jerky. You can buy the beef jerky or make your own. Either way it’s a great protein-filled snack!
  4. Water – when it came to drinks, we stuck to water mostly. We would grab a coffee or unsweetened iced tea sometimes to change things up. Crystal light packets come in handy if you’re not a big water drinker but need something low calorie. If you’re on a budget, grabbing gallon jugs of water while using a reusable cup is best. Saving the environment and your wallet!
  5. Pre-portion your “snacky” foods – when you first think of road trip snacks, a lot of us think, chips, popcorn, candy, etc. We still wanted to include these, but healthier options as well. So we air popped our own popcorn, packed pretzels, and some fruit snacks! (because we all get a sweet tooth, every now and then!) The tip with these is to pre-portion them! Fruit snacks are already pre-packaged for you, so no worries there. When it comes to popcorn, I measured about 1-2 cups and for pretzels, went with the serving size (which was 20 small twists). This allows you to not over indulge, but helps with those sweet and salty urges!