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Road Trippin’ Volume I: Car Snacks!

As promised I’m revealing the location of my ROAD TRIP today…and I wasn’t kidding when I said it was gonna be epic. This lil hipster is hopping in the car for a solid 18 hour journey to none other than PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.

Now if you’ve never been to PEI I have created a little mathematical equation to help you understand why this journey is so incredibly worth it to me.

Small Town Hospitality x Pastoral Landscapes + Fresh Local Produce – City Smog
Red Cliffs + Starry Nights x OCEANFRONT CABIN….SQUARED

Now that you understand better why I’m going on this East Coast Pilgrimage, allow me to explain how it is I plan on getting through the trip. The answer is simple: Food.


Top 6 Tips for Snacking on the Open Road!

  1. Plan ahead! The only way to have the snacks you heart & the fuel you need is to think about it and buy em beforehand. So get to it mmkay.
  2. Invest in a cooler. Nothing says hip like food safety, right? But seriously food poisoning on an 18 hour drive? H-E-Double-Hockeysticks ON EARTH.
  3. Bring FUN snacks that also happen to be wholesome. You definitely don’t need to abandon your munchie impulse altogether in favour of celery sticks & rice cakes (how sad that would be!) By planning ahead you can achieve MAXIMUM SNACK SATISFACTION without caving to the overpriced nutritional wasteland of gas station grub.
  4. Drink water. Sitting in a dry car for hours on end is suprisingly exhausting. And whether you’re on your own or with a car full of folks, forgetting to hydrate is dangerous bizness.
  5. Aim for diversity. When it comes to food groups  this means covering all your bases (carb, protein, fat & fibre) and when we’re talking fruit & veg this means colours! This will ensure your nutritional needs are getting met (plus it keeps things interesting and purdy!)
  6. Snack often. You may not find you get hungry in the same way as you normally would since you are stuck in a chair all day hardly moving. Your metabolism may slow down a little. Keep it rockin by eating a little mini-meal every 2-3 hours rather than aiming for 3 squares.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s in my cooler!


  • Whole Wheat Lavash Crackers
  • 2 bags of BBQ Baked Kettle Chips (Zomg these are AMAZZZING…So much better than any baked chip ever. Plus a serving is something like 35 chips. NOMMM)
  • Instant Oatmeal Packets (these aren’t pictured but I just use Plain Quaker Instant Oats then sweeten it up myself with fruit, honey, stevia, whatevz)
  • Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt. 18 grams of protein/serving plus good for ya probiotics & loads of calcium. My bod tends to get grouchy when I go overboard with dairy but I’m willing to make an exception for this deliciousness now & again.
  • Roasted, salted edamame. Also comes in Wasabi flavour. These are THE JAM.
  • Sliced preservative free low sodium turkey breast
  • Cottage cheese w/berries (for my mummmz).
  • HUMMUS! (wait…hummus is a food group right?)
  • Whole Almonds
  • Dark Chocolate (a late addition so its not in the pic, but dark chocolate is a great energy booster for those long boring stretches of highway. I’m a big fan of Green and Blacks)
  • Light Laughing Cow Cheese
Fruit & Veg 
  • Bananas (the browner the better…mmm)
  • Apples
  • Strawburriez
  • Carrot sticks
  • Sliced Cucumbers & Peppers
  • Mixed berry FRUIT SNACKS by Fruit Source! (I loooove these things….so sweet and chewy, with no added sugar!)
  • PICKLES! (hardly a veg…but GREEN!)
  • Stevia packets. I usually use a little honey or agave to sweeten up my oats, yogurt, etc. but I also use this natural sweetener now and then as a totally sugar-free option. These packs are super portable for use on the road and they pack up really tiny outside the box.
Of course this is just an outline of my own personal snack list.  Its been tailored to meet the tastes and needs of myself and my travel pals. Feel free to use it as a jumping off point for your own personal tastes & adventures!
Wish me luck on the road! I’ll do my best to update as often as I can when I arrive on Saturday!
Stay tuned for Volume 2 of my Road Trippin’ Series: The Healthy Hipster Vs. The Dial Up Internet Connection! 
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  • Reply Nicole @ Of Cookies & Carrots June 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Totally brand new to your blog but umm I am ridiculously jealous you’re goign to PEI if for no other reason than that I was whole-heartedly OBSESSED with teh Anne of Green Gables series as a child and have wanted to go to PEI ever since…

    One of these years 😉
    Looks like some good snacks!!

    • Reply the healthy hipster June 22, 2011 at 9:27 am

      Thanks! I was definitely an Anne lover myself. A sassy red head with that much spunk? What’s not to love! Thanks for checkin out the blog 🙂

  • Reply Angela June 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions! I love edamame but have never traveled with it. One of my favorite car snacks is sabra hummus and garden of eatin’s red hot blues tortilla chips.

    • Reply the healthy hipster June 22, 2011 at 9:18 am

      Mmm i couldnt agree more, hummus is a no fail on the go snack. Ever tried it with marys crackers? Nommm!

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