Short Healthy Road Trip Meal Ideas with Food Prep

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Full day of eating! Healthy ideas for road trip meals with protein, carbs, plus fruits and veggies!

We’re headed on a min road trip to the river tomorrow, and I just finished prepping food for our stay. We only needed two breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, and snacks.

My meal plan for the 1 day road trip:

  • 🥚𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭: For breakfast, I decided we could eat: Hard Boiled Eggs, Greek yogurt, oatmeal, and fruit.
  • 🥯𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡: For a healthy lunch, I decided we would eat BBQ chicken sandwiches on skinny bagels with tomato & lettuce plus veggies. (for healthy lunch box ideas go here)
  • 🌯𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫: For dinner, I wanted to eat Shredded pork tacos on tortillas with salsa, beans, and rice.
  • Snacks: For snacks, I brought Nuts, Rice cakes, fruit, and Built Bars always come with us!! (my Built bar discount code is HEALTHBEET)

Meal Prepping

For meal prepping, I like to break it down into proteins, grains, and fruits and veggies, rather than by meal. So, Here’s how I broke it down. It just makes more sense to divide up the work this way, and it feels more organized in my mind!

1) Prepping the Proteins

I start with proteins because it takes the most prep and thought. Here’s what I made for my proteins ahead of the trip:

🍗𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐬:

  • I put a roast of pork shoulder in the crockpot, and let it cook all day before the trip.
  • I hard boiled the eggs (I use this egg cooker, that I LOVE!)
  • and finally, I put the chicken breasts into the instant pot with some sugar free BBQ sauce.
  • and the beans I dumped out of a can- I didn’t pre-cook those.
  • Other proteins I brought was Greek yogurt for breakfast, the Built Bars and Pistachios for snacking.
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2) Prepping the Fruit and Veggies

🥕𝐕𝐞𝐠𝐠𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐅𝐫𝐮𝐢𝐭:

While there wasn’t much to do in the way of prepping, to make sure we were eating our fruits and veggies, I did make sure I bought:

  • Salsa and lettuce, for the pork taco dinner.
  • bananas for breakfast
  • lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, apples and oranges for lunch and snacking!
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3) Prepping the Grains

🍚𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬:

While grains are having a PR problem in our country, I’m still eating them! So, for our grains I

  • Cooked the rice,
  • I bought 100 calorie oatmeal packs, plus protein oatmeal packs
  • I bought skinny bagels (100 calories each)
  • I bought Maya’s tortillas (80 calories. To see my list of low calorie tortillas, head to this post)
  • and bought rice cakes- I LOVE RICE CAKES!
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4) Dessert

🍪Bonus- I Made cookies!!

And no road trip is complete without a delicious batch of homemade cookies! AMIRGHT!!?

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All of these items come together to make healthy road trip meals that are easy to prep!

Macro Plate Diet

My current diet is based on the macro plate diet. This means,

  • Half of my meal from vegetables.
  • 1/4 of my meal from a whole protein source
  • and 1/4 of my meal from a rich carb source. (it could be grains OR fruit. But right now, it’s not both)

The fats are in a lot of foods, and they don’t need a special section on the plate.

See more about meal planning using the macro plate diet here and here! Even on a roadtrip, healthy eating is possible! Just use this guide for healthy roadtrip food ideas.

Roadtrip Food healthy meal ideas

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