Better Bites for Holiday Travel

Avoid bumps in the road during holiday travel by packing your own food. Whether your traveling by car or plane, a little preparation goes a long way to ensure tastier, better-for-you bites.

Winter Four Bean SaladIf you’re headed out of town this holiday and hoping to avoid the standard fast-food fare along the way, I’ve got some great better-for-you options that will keep you happy and satisfied like Winter Four Bean Salad (time-saving tip: use canned lentils), Cheesy Kale Chips and Quinoa Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies.  

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies

By Car
When traveling by car, a cooler is a must for storing cold favorites like Superfast Guac or Black Bean Hummus with sliced veggies or Hummus Tea Sandwiches. Here are more ideas for car travel:

  • Store-bought dips or easy-to-prepare Beet Hummus or Chipotle Chili Bean Dip

  • Deli meats rolled around a sliver of cheese or inside a lettuce leaf

  • Sandwiches: tuna, chicken salad, Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches, Deviled Ham Tea Sandwiches or our Nottingham Wrap, a vegetarian wrap with a sweet surprise!

  • Packable whole grain or bean salads. Sonoma Tofu Salad is a spin-off of our famous Sonoma Chicken Salad recipe —have forks and crackers on hand for serving.

  • Boiled eggs or cooked shrimp

  • Sliced cheese with crackers or bread

  • Yogurt, fruit cocktail or applesauce in small containers

  • Nuts, seeds and trail mix

  • Cold drinks including smoothies like this unique Sunny Citrus Smoothie. (Tip: Leave out the ice cubes when making it, then pack in a large thermos and store in the cooler. Don’t forget paper cups!)

Sonoma Chicken Salad

By Plane

Despite security regulations, you can still bring your own snacks on planes. Here are a few tasty recommendations to enjoy at 38,000 feet.

  • Instant oatmeal for morning flights. Pack nuts, dried coconut and dried fruit. Ask the flight attendants for hot water.

  • Crackers and cheese or cracker “sandwiches.” Simply spread nut butter or cream cheese, hummus or bean dip between two crackers. Add sliced tomatoes or crunchy bell peppers for flavor and variety.

  • Fruit and nut bars, protein bars and cookies like Sunflower Cherry Oatmeal Bars, Apple Date Bars, Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Gingersnap Cookies and Pumpkin Pecan Cookies

  • Sliced vegetables

  • Cheese or nut butter sandwiches that don’t require refrigeration

Given so many security rules and regulations, it’s always a good idea to visit the TSA website before you pack your snack. Also, a bottle of cold water purchased once you’ve cleared security can help keep food cold.

Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, remember to pack napkins and 365 Everyday Value® Hand Sanitizer Gel.

What foods do you pack when traveling by car or plane? Share packing tricks or special ideas in the comments section below.

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