As we roll into week two of the “Hot Weather How-To” series, our team at Caliber Collision has compiled a list of our favorite road trip recipes to keep you focused on the road and fueled up for fun. No matter where your summer adventures take you, a rumbling stomach can lead to unplanned pit stops and add unnecessary travel time to your ultimate destination.
To stay on course, try opting for some of these road trip-ready recipes instead. In addition to keeping you on the road, these simple snacks can save you time and money, and provide healthy alternatives to common gas station and fast food options. So, whether you are hitting the beach, touring the city or driving out to see friends and family, prepping these passenger seat treats ahead of time will keep your summer fun on schedule.
A classic road trip treat, Trail Mix has been a staple in snack aisles for decades. Typically comprised of nuts, chocolate and dried fruit, this salty snack can be recreated at home and customized for any craving.
Mix and match your favorite munchies:
a. Nuts & Seeds: Pecans, Peanuts, Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Hazelnuts, Pine Nuts, Pistachios, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Sesame Seeds, etc.
b. Dried Fruit: Raisins, Apples, Cherries, Cranberries, Goji Berries, Blueberries, Apricots, Banana Chops, Figs, Pineapple, Mango, Coconut, Dates, Strawberries, etc.
c. Grains: Cheerios, Chex, Granola, Pretzels, Puffed Rice, Popcorn, etc.
d. Sweets: M&Ms, Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter Chips, White Chocolate Chips, Cacao Nibs, Butterscotch Chips, Yogurt Chips, Chocolate Covered Nuts, Berries or Espresso Beans, etc.
e. Savory Alternatives: Dried Edamame, Wasabi Peas, Sesame Sticks, Seasoning Powder, etc.
In a large bowl, add equal parts of all your ingredients. Mix together and—for portion control and easy, on-the-go eating—package ¼ cup servings in small ziplock baggies.
Fuel Up Fast
Skip the cookies, brownies and other sugary sweets for these energy-packed bites. Not only do these treats taste like dessert, but they’ll also keep you full and fueled up for the road ahead. Loaded with protein and “good fats”, these homemade energy bites come in a variety of flavors to make all your sweet-tooth dreams come true—without the added sugar and cost. The best part? Most variations are “no-bake,” meaning you can assemble them with just a bowl and cookie sheet before heading out the door. While recipe options are as numerous as they are tasty, one of our favorites is the Oatmeal-Raisin recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.
- In a large bowl, mix together your dry ingredients: 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, ¼ cup ground flaxseed, 2 tbsp. chia seeds, ½ tsp. ground cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt.
- In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt ½ cup creamy almond butter for about 20–30 seconds and stir until smooth.
- Add ¼ cup of honey and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract to the melted almond butter and, once combined, pour the mixture in with the dry ingredients and stir until smooth. Add in ¼ cup of raisins and mix until combined.
- Using your hands or a cookie scoop, roll the mixture into 1–1.5-inch balls and place in an airtight container lined with wax paper. Refrigerate until your road trip, and then use them to fuel up in the fast lane.
Skip the Slurpee
While it may be tempting—especially in the summer heat—to stop at the nearest gas station and get a slurpee for your trip, opting for a homemade smoothie can keep save you from running on empty down the road. Unlike sugar and shaved ice, a smoothie can provide you with protein, fruit and even veggies to keep you alert and filled up. Smoothie recipes are a dime a dozen, and you can easily create your own with these few simple steps.
- Choose your base: One serving of a smoothie contains about 1 cup of liquid base. Choose from milk or its non-dairy alternatives, coconut water, fruit juice or a vegetable-based drink such as V8. Pour the liquid into a blender.
- Add fruit and veggies: Next in your blender, you can add any combination of fruits and veggies for nutrition and flavor. Try frozen berries, banana slices, spinach, kale, apple slices, peaches, dates, pineapple chunks, mango slices or any of your other favorites.
- Pump up the protein: Yogurts, nut butters, protein powder and seeds are great options for adding protein to your smoothie. The more protein added, the fuller you’ll feel behind the wheel.
- Spice up your smoothie: For more flavor, add in a teaspoon of your favorite extract such as peppermint, vanilla or almond. You can also sprinkle in a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, cardamom or another spice to jazz up the smoothie and incorporate additional nutritional benefits.
- Blend and Portion: Add ice, blend together and pour into a thermos for the road trip ahead. If you plan on bringing multiple smoothies, consider freezing a few ahead of time and letting them thaw in a cooler until you are ready to drink.
The right road trip snacks can help you stay attentive to the road and fueled up for your summer fun. Preparing treats ahead of time can minimize extra pitstops along the way, and help you stay focused on what really matters—staying safe behind the wheel. However, if more than just your stomach rumbles on the road and you find yourself in need of collision repair, remember your team at Caliber Collision is fueled up by fulfilling our purpose—Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life.®