You’re cruising along in your campervan, the sun is shining, the windows are down and there are 80’s power ballads blasting out and then it hits you… the rumbling of hunger, the all consuming snack attack.
Before long your mouth is watering at every fast food burger joint you pass and you’re fighting the urge to run into the nearest petrol station to grab a family sized bag of crisps and a chilled refreshing bottle of something sugary…
But just because you’re travelling doesn’t mean you need to need to stop with all your normal healthy eating habits, let’s face it – your beach body isn’t going to thank you for it.
If you are planning on travelling long distances in your campervan then here are some top healthy, tasty snacks to help you keep you moving on the road.
1. Create your own trail mix
Most large supermarkets in Australia have a wide and varied selection of dried fruits, nuts and seeds available. So buy some larger bags of your favourites and create your own mixes.
Nuts and Seeds
• Sunflower seeds
TIP: If you have chocolate cravings then why not add in some chocolate buttons to your mix to help keep the sugar cravings at bay.
2. Get your 5 a day
Snacking on raw veg is not only a healthy option but also it’s also easy to pick up all over Oz, and it’s easy to transport. Team your favourite veg from the list below with mini pots of hummus, guacamole, cottage cheese or sugar free peanut butter.
• Cauliflower and broccoli florets
• Snap Peas
• Carrot or Cucumber sticks
Seasonal fruit is also a great budget snack option for backpackers watching their dollars. Apples, cherries, grapes and clementine’s are all great travellers. Plus a clementine makes your campervan smell amazing!
* TIP: It’s also really easy to pick up fresh pressed fruit and vegetable juices that are a great refreshing alternative to keep stored in your campervan’s fridge.
3. Cereal bars and natural energy balls
Cereal bars and natural energy bars are the perfect road trip snack as they can be stored in the back of the campervan and don’t need to be kept cold. Look for bars that have less sugar and more oats, fruit and nuts.
Keep an eye out for natural energy balls made of dates, nuts and seeds in convenience stores and supermarkets. (You can normally find them with the chewing gum near the checkout). These sugar free alternatives make a great snack and are also good for your digestive system.
4. Look out for ‘air-popped’ and ‘baked’ crisps.
If you are craving crisps then opt for ‘popped’ or ‘baked’ potato crisps, or ‘air-popped’ salted popcorn.
Alternatively head to the Asian aisles in larger supermarkets to pick up some wasabi peas, chili broad beans and roasted chickpeas.
5. Lay off the Coca Cola
Your body (and anyone else in the van) isn’t going to thank you for guzzling liters of the fizzy stuff on a long journey. So look for other ways to keep hydrated with coconut water, fruit juice and soda or some slices of fresh lime or orange in chilled water.
Snacking healthy isn’t hard; all it takes is a little preparation. So don’t forget to stock up on your favourite snacks when you pass by a large supermarket on your campervan travels to make sure your trip is the best it can be!