I have a soft spot for road trips. While I love nothing more than being fully immersed in the wilderness, hiking a trail, there’s nothing like not having a care in the world and watching views pass by in the comfort of your car.
This past Thanksgiving, I took a van trip from Arizona to Northern California, hitting Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon, Yosemite and Big Sur along the way – probably the best road trip I’ve taken. If you know me, then you know that I’m vegan. I can talk about that all day long, but one of the things I struggled with for a long time was finding snacks and meals I could eat on the road. I thought beef jerky and ham sandwiches were my only options for a long time. Wrong! There are so many amazing foods out there! I’ve partnered with Navitas Organics to show you fellow Mountain Chicks and Dudes, whether or not you’re a vegan, how to Live Life Positive with the foods you eat on your next road trip.
My go to, regardless of me being in a car or not, is oatmeal. Oatmeal is pretty plain as is, making it a great canvas for all your food dreams. I usually mix a half cup of oats with a cup of soymilk, a tablespoon of nut butter, a tablespoon of Navitas Organics Hemp Seeds, a tablespoon of agave syrup and a banana. For summertime, you can even put all of these ingredients in a container the night before you leave and have some nice cold overnight oats for the next morning. #Winning.
Lunch can be hard! If you’re in the middle of nowhere, there’s probably not a lot of drive-throughs available. Have no fear, Dani is here! I mentioned ham sandwiches earlier, which can honestly be an easy solution if you’re not looking to pack much and you’re not within city limits. I, however, have been enjoying an upgraded avocado toast sandwich which consists of whole wheat bread, avocado, tomatoes, liquid aminos and some homemade tofu bacon...I guess that makes it more of a BLT, doesn’t it? If sandwiches aren’t your thing and you have a stove like I did on this trip, quick rice, garbanzo beans, frozen veggies and marinara sauce make for a great bowl. The rice and beans have plenty of carbs in them, too, which is exactly what you’ll need if hiking is on your agenda.
For dinner, I tend to eat much lighter since I don’t enjoy a full belly while I’m sleeping, but hey, if that’s your thing, you do you. I personally enjoy a stuffed pita made with leftovers from lunch and tofu. You can add some of these items to a tortilla for more of a wrap. If you’re not the cooking type, your local grocery store is sure to have a variety of hearty soup options available for you to take with you.
Don’t even get me started on snacks. I’m a huge fan, let's just say that. Here’s a list of the snacks I’m currently loving:
• Coconut chips
• Dehydrated apples
• Navitas Organics Mulberries (great substitute for raisins)
• Granola bars
• Peanut butter to-go packets
• Crunchy chickpeas
• Navitas Organics Power Snacks (all the chocolate love you’ll ever need)
There you have it, folks! This is how I Live Life Positive while on the road. Hopefully, this gave you some ideas on foods to take with you for your next roadside adventure. Navitas Organics has even more amazing products than the ones mentioned above. You can learn more about their products and their mission here.
What foods do you currently eat on the road? Leave a comment and let us know!
Dani is the Founder of Mountain Chicks and the primary author of the Mtn Chicks Blog. Here you'll find outdoor tips, travel experiences, gear reviews and more.