In case you didn’t figure it out from the Weekly Menu post this week, The Hubs and I are headed to Chicago on Thursday to visit some family. Not only that, but we’re DRIVING and bringing Bingley! It’s going to be a whirlwind long weekend trip full of food and dogs and for me, running. We’ll be staying with my cousin Susan and her husband, and I’ll be joining her running training group on Sunday, so I’m sure I’ll get plenty of fitness in on this trip.
I love a good road trip. When The Hubs and I were still dating (and living in separate countries) I used to have no problems making the 500 mile trip from the Philadelphia area to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on the regular, all by my wee lonesome. The drive from Philly to Chicago is a bit longer (okay, TWICE as long) so I plan on packing lots of snacks to enjoy while we’re stretching our legs at various rest stops. (Why do they call them rest stops anyway? I prefer to run around and pee than rest. Let’s rename them “Run Around and Pee Stops”! I think Bingley would agree with me there. *gasp!!!* That abbreviates to RAP Stops, which is entertaining on a whole other level! Seriously, why have we not done this?!)
Here are a few snacks I’ll be trying this trip:
We both love chickpeas in any way, shape or form. Roasted they’re a great crunchy snack for the road that won’t leave tiny crumbs everywhere. This garlic bread flavored version really makes me salivate just thinking about it, so we’re gonna give this a shot!
Lunchables are super easy to eat but let’s face it, The Hubs is in his 40s and I’m in my 30s, so bologna and American cheese just aren’t our thing. Okay, they’re not MY thing. So I picked out an extra sharp aged cheddar and he accented it with summer sausage for our own version of a Lunchables, based on the below recipe.
Cookies are always a go-to for road trips. These cookies are only sweetened with honey, and made with whole grains for a much healthier, even breakfast-worthy treat! Plus, I love muesli. Does anyone not like muesli (who know what muesli is)?
There’s something about brittles that always makes my mouth water. This brittle forgoes the hard toffee candy and uses just enough sticky sweetness to hold together those healthy, crunchy, nutty seeds.
Cereal bars are always great, and these are super simple. Sweetened with honey and made to stick with peanut butter, these oat cereal squares are far healthier than marshmallow based versions.
What’s your favorite homemade road trip snack? Let me know in the comments!