Healthy Car Trip Food

Hey friends!! Glad to *see* you again. Yes, I am alive.

But barely 😉

But really, my love for BodyPUMP has only been increased after this weekend. WHAT an awesome day!

For those of you new to the blog (welcome!!), yesterday I attended the Advanced Instructor Module I for BodyPUMP. This training puts me on the track to eventually become an advanced or an elite BodyPUMP instructor….if I put the time, effort, and work into it, and if I am good enough.

AND, this weekend’s training fulfilled one of my 2012 goals! Not bad for only being 36 days into the year :)

{arrival at 6:30 a.m. for the training}

The day started at a 3:10 a.m.wake-up call (YES I am serious). And my husband drove the 3 hours to the training (I slept a little), I attended the 8 hour training (grueling, fun, challenging, exciting, and hard), and then he drove us the 3 hours back–putting us home at 7:30 p.m.


Yes, my husband is a champ and wins husband of the year (but what’s new?!)


We of course could not do that day without lots of food on hand, but I did not want to buy any ‘crap’ along the way and we did not want to stop for food at all…… So what’s a health-conscious couple to do?

My friends, it all comes down to priorities. If you WANT it bad enough, you will make it work.


I will go into more detail about the fitness aspect of the training at a later post (trust me, I have a LOT to talk about), but for now, lets talk healthy car trip food.

I wanted to make sure I had these elements on our trip:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • various protein sources (I was lifting for over 4 hours so, ya know….)
  • salty snacks (I crave ’em after a hard workout, and my husband loves chips/crackers)
  • water
  • something sweet

With those guidelines, I came up with an awesome spread, if I do say so myself 😉 These foods are all found at grocery stores and do not take that much time to prepare, grab, and eat. And overall, it is just worth it to do it the healthy way NOW.

Remember, you feel only as good as the quality that your fuel is…… so prepare wisely to feel awesome. Yes, even on a car trip!

Healthy Car-Trip Food

  • hard boiled eggs (peeled and in bags with a sprinkle of salt)
  • containers of Greek yogurt
  • string cheese (colby jack, not nasty mozzarella)
  • berry-spinach protein smoothie
  • chocolate milk
  • wheat thins
  • Kashi flax almond bars
  • apples, oranges
  • carrots
  • almond butter in a small tupperware
  • skittles, m&ms (none of that was eaten, actually)
  • spoons, napkins, and ICE to keep things cold

{ignore the awesome sweat pants/sweat shirt look}

This may look like a lot of food as a list, but when you need to have 3 meals and 3 snacks for two people, plus having quick-to-grab refuel food on hand for the grueling hours of weight lifting I had, it turns out you have to be prepared. 

I hate being hungry and not able to have the good food I want! I just turn mean (seriously, just ask my husband). So he has no problem with my busying myself for an hour or so planning it all out the night before.

It works-and you can do it too! It is WORTH the extra few minutes to plan it and prepare it, PROMISE.


Alright, I am off to teach some……you guessed it! More PUMP! {My arms are dddyyyyiiinnggg. So this will be interesting}

Cheers for an awesome Monday!!

What healthy care trip food do YOU pack?? How do YOU decide what to bring?? What is YOUR workout today?? Any exciting weekend happenings I need to hear about?!! 

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  1. aww that really was so sweet of jared to drive you!! lucky, lucky girl! :) :) packing healthy snacks also saves moolah!! when we travel, we usually bring peanut butter sandwiches on whole wheat english muffins for on-the-go meals. almonds and raisins are a must have, too! :)

  2. I always bring my own snacks! I always bring some sort of nut butter and an apple because they are portable and filling at the same time. Congrats on taking BodyPUMP to the next level!

  3. I always pack my own snacks and meals for long road trips!

  4. all of those are awesome snack ideas! i love keeping raw almonds in my bag, string cheese is really easy, apples, bananas, trail mix, any kind of granola/meal bars.

    sounds like quite a weekend :) i had a really good one myself..too much food though, i’m more then ready for my 7 mile run today!

  5. Great snacks! I always like to bring along a few WASA crackers to go along with my cheese. Yum!

    Exciting weekend happenings…I registered for the Chicago Marathon. My FIRST ever! I’m excited/nervous/sick to my stomach/proud….. :-)

    • Oh yes, WASA crackers are awesome!

      CONGRATS on doing that! You’ll totally rock it. You’ve got nothing to worry about! Marathons are fun—and add such a feeling of accomplishment! WAHOO!

  6. all excellent snack choices!! my favorites to take along on trips are bananas, apples, luna and/or clif bars, and trail mix. glad to hear the training went well!!! :)

  7. That looks like an awesome spread of food for the car!! I’ll have to keep some of those things in mind :). I’m so glad that you had a great time at the training. Can’t wait to hear more about it!

  8. I am a granola girl.. and apples… and yogurt…

    not Greek yogurt though — I have tried so many types of Greek yogurt, but it always instantly dries out my tongue… and I can’t do it…

  9. Congrats for getting your training in! So exciting! Did you lower your weights for the training, haha or were people competitive? I think I’d die after that many hours of lifting!

    • No one was competitive about it no. But I did go down a little throughout the day–just because I did not want to get hurt.

      It was a lot of lifting, that’s for sure!

  10. Great post, so many good options and ideas here :) It is so important to stay active on the road… otherwise you would go completely nuts!

  11. Sounds like you had a good time! All those snacks look delish! I’m always struggling with high protein on the go snacks. But reading this post is making me to excited to try bodypump on wed!!

  12. They have colby jack string cheese? SWEET!

  13. Dig the post! Packing food for a road trip is one of those incredibly easy ways to keep yourself from eating crappy food. Not that I don’t indulge in gas station food and snacks, but it is impossible to find something “healthy” in a grab n’ go.

    Possibly Cornnuts. I still haven’t figure out exactly what they are…

  14. Great post! Loved it!



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