21 Best Low Calorie Road Trip Snacks

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Take this list to the store if you are packing for your next road trip! These low calorie road trip snacks must be on your list!

Road trips can make me nervous about sticking to my diet, because I love snacking while I drive! But, as long as I can find some low calorie road trip snacks to bring, I usually return from the trip without gaining the weight I took so long to lose!

21 low cal road trip snacks
21 Best Low calorie road trip snacks

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We just got back from two consecutive weekends of road trips in Utah. The first was to visit with my family in the St. George/Zion National Park area.

The second trip was with my in-laws to the Moab/ Green River area. Both are places I love to visit. Both drives are only 3.5-4 hours one way, but after an exhausting hot day of hiking, the drowsiness sets in and snacking is one of my favorite ways to stay awake.

I also like chewing gum to stay awake, but that can often get out of hand, and my husband has started complaining about the noises I make when I voraciously chew my gum. The more I try to stay awake, the louder the crackling of my gum gets. (lol)

For a low calorie snack to make my road trip list, it only needs to be easy to eat to fit into my hands, and not be too messy. Trail mix would be awesome, and is part of so many ‘healthy road trip snack’ lists, but holy hannah! THE CALORIES! If I started chowing down on trail mix while I drive, there is nothing stopping me from inhaling 2000 calories in a 30 minute window. Trail mix can not come in the car with me!

So, I’ve successfully narrowed down the best snacks for the car, with the least amount of calories! Also, check out my printable list of calories in vegetables here!

My favorite low calorie snacks to take on road trips

Fruit road trip snacks

  1. Grapes- 1 cup of raw grapes averages 61 calories.
  2. Dried apricots- 5 dried apricots for 100 calories.
  3. Squeezeable applesauce – 50 calories for one pouch.
  4. Sliced apples – 35 calories for pre-bagged sliced apples.
  5. Fruit leather – 45 calories for Stretch Island Fruit Leather (100% fruit)
  6. Freeze dried pineapples – 1/2 cup is 60 calories.

Veggie road trip snacks

  1. Baby carrots – 3 ounces 35 calories
  2. Sugar snap peas – 42 calories for 3.5 ounces
  3. Roasted Seaweed – 20 calories per serving
  4. Grape Tomatoes – 3 ounces for 30 calories
  5. Celery Sticks – 10 calories per stalk

Protein road trip snacks

  1. Roasted chickpeas – 144 calories for 1/3 cup for this recipe.
  2. Beef Jerky- 100 calories for this entire bag of Jack Links Teriyaki
  3. Hard boiled eggs- 70 calories each
  4. String Cheese 70-80 calories each
  5. Crunchy broad beans –100 calories for this entire bag

Grain road trip snacks

  1. Popcorn (Skinny Pop) Single serving bags for 100 calories
  2. Pretzels 100 calories per ounce.
  3. Cereal -120 calories per cup
  4. Low calorie crackers. Calories in crackers can get outrageous, but these Special K ones have 80 calories per serving. That’s about the lowest I’ve seen, but I’m still looking!
  5. Low calorie granola bars (My favorite is chewy Quaker (100 calorie bars)
low calorie road trip snacks
Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park

I need to add that my best advice is not snacking at all! In fact, my article stop snacking to lose weight is one of my most popular posts on this blog. I even have considered several anti-snacking challenges. But road trips are the exception, and let’s face it, real life! And since I just got back, I wanted to share that I DO snack on vacation!

So, what are your favorite low calorie road trip snacks?

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21 low calorie snacks for a road trip

I don’t just make healthy cherry pies. In fact, I have tons of other recipes and articles about how to help you live a healthy, balanced diet. Read some of my other posts for help or inspiration in your food journey!

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  1. Watch out for the serving size. For the broad bean it says it’s a 100 calories for the whole bag. But it’s actually 300 calories. 100 calories per serving with three servings in the bag.

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