We're right smack-dab in the middle of the summer. The sidewalks are steamy, kids are out of school, and it's perfect swimsuit weather 24/7 — it must be time for a summer vacation! Whether you're heading to the beach, the mountains, overseas, or on a cross-country road trip, here are five healthy meals and snacks to get you there. Ditching the airport or gas station junk food and packing a DIY nutritious, tasty meal instead makes getting from point A to point B so much nicer.
Chipotle Barley Salad with Corn, Zucchini, and Radishes via Big Girls Small Kitchen
Got leftovers from that last farmer's market haul? Don't toss them before heading out the door — make this summery, flavorful barley salad instead. Pack it in a sealable plastic or glass container and bring plenty of forks to share.
Photo: Cara Eisenpress / Big Girls Small Kitchen
Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Muffins with Walnut Oat Struesel via Ambitious Kitchen
It's hard to resist the siren call of cookies, candy, and dessert of all kinds while on vacation. Avoid gas-station goodies and BYO (healthier) treats. These wholesome blueberry muffins will satisfy any sweet tooth without resulting in a sugar coma.
Photo: Monique / Ambitious Kitchen
Black Bean and Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomato Salad via Katie at the Kitchen Door
Road snacks are usually heavy on carbs and sugar, with little protein to keep an intrepid traveler full for more than an hour or so. Instead of noshing on chips, bring along a container of this savory bean salad. Black beans plus slivered almonds pack a serious protein punch, while tomatoes add some sweetness and veggie goodness. If traveling for a while without a cooler, skip the feta cheese to prevent spoilage.
Photo: Katie Morris / Katie at the Kitchen Door
Grilled Ratatouille Muffuletta via The Iron You
This famous, enormous (aka perfect for a crowd!) sandwich harkens from New Orleans. The traditional recipe comes piled high with salami, ham, and other smoked and cured meats. This lighter veggie version is perfect for travel — the sturdy bread doesn't get soggy, and grilled vegetables retain their flavor and texture at room temperature.
Photo: Mike and Margherita / The Iron You
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas via Back to Her Roots
Long car trips are to mindless snacking as grueling workouts are to sore muscles — basically, it's inevitable. Pro tip: Divide healthy snacks, like these spiced roasted chickpeas, into small-size containers so snack time doesn't get out of control.
Photo: Cassie / Back to Her Roots
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