We are now on the verge of summer. For many that means it's time for that summer road trip.
We celebrate this at Eat Like No One Else with our Hit the Road Snackin' campaign. Whether you are looking for healthier or just better tasting snacks to eat on your next road trip, Hit the Road Snackin will help you on your quest.
We are officially kicking off the campaign now, with this month's Costco Food Finds post.
I searched the store for some of the most fun snacks to pack for your next road trip. Here is what I found.
Granola is always a must have for us on a road trip. It's especially good for those early morning starts.
NaturSource Cocoa & Salted Caramel Granola | $6.49 for 24oz | 1307278
I don't have to be convinced to try anything where salted caramel is involved. This is a fun granola that can be eaten with milk or just eaten straight from the bag.
Autumn's Gold Grain Free Granola | $14.99 for 20oz | 1669838
Grain free products are becoming more widely available as people are looking to avoid them in their diet, whether for gluten intolerance or other health reasons.
Now Costco has Autumn's Gold Grain Free Granola for those that enjoy granola but don't want the grain. The granola contains: Almonds, Organic Honey, Pecans, Toasted Coconut, Sunflower Seeds, Coconut, Coconut Oil, Vanilla Extract, Salt, Cinnamon.
Fruits & Nuts
There is no doubt I have to have some fresh fruit whenever I am traveling. Not all fruit makes for easy eating on the road.
The easiest I think is grapes as no peeling is required and each grape is bite sized. I love cherries as well, but you do need to deal with the pits.
To deal with the pits, I place an empty cup from a fast food restaurant or an empty water bottle and use that to throw pits into. It's easier to just place it in your vehicle's cup holder.
Nuts are a great snack to have as well and Costco has a lot of them to choose from. You can portion them out in sandwich sized bags for easier eating.
Now onto some specific product recommendations
Sunny Fruit Organic Sun Dried Figs | $10.99 for 40oz | 1298243
If you are a fig fan you are going to want to buy this dried figs, RIGHT NOW. Smyna figs are a green fig variety known for it's flavor and sweetness. It's one of my favorite as a fresh figs.
If you don't like figs, check out the Kirkland Dried Blueberries or Dried Tart cherries. Dried fruit is a lot easier to pack on a road trip and don't have to worry about it going bad.
Kirkland Mixed Nut Butter | $7.99 for 27oz | 1290439
Peanut butter is usually something we like to bring for a quick protein snack. Enjoy it by the spoon full, or bring some crackers or pretzels with you for dipping.
If you want to change it up try Kirkland Mixed Nut Butter, which contains almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and flax seeds. The smaller seeds are whole in it, so if you are a creamy only fan you should look elsewhere.
For Your Cooler
The next few items are perfect to have in your cooler. We don't leave for at trip without one.
Greenridge Beef Snack Sticks | $12.99 for 36oz | 1231893
Normally beef sticks or jerky is something you won't need to keep cold. Greenridge Beef sticks do need to be keep cold.
So why would I want them on a trip?
Because they are the BEST! They have great flavor and are juicy. Perfect way to fill your belly.
Ingredients include - beef, water, sea sat, celery powder, vinegar, garlic and natural flavors. Hey, I can pronounce all of those!
Since they aren't dried and neither do the sticks contain any preservatives, they need to stay cold.
Trust me, these beef sticks are worth the extra step.
Aria Sliced Havarti Cheese | $7.69 for 32 oz | 406340
I love cheese. Can't go road trippin' without it. Try the Aria Sliced Havarti. It's already in slices for easy snacking or ready to go on a sandwich at any moment.
This Havarti has a creamy, mild flavor that my kids will eat.
WBC Root Beer | 24-12oz bottles for $12.99 | 906464
Skip the fountain soda pop at the gas station and pack WBC Root Beer. The one bottle will be way more satisfying than huge 32oz pop. It's a better way to enjoy a soda in moderation.
This root beer is made in Chicago, Illinois with pure cane sugar.
Something to Crunch On
I wanted to end our finds with some snacks to crunch on. Of course at Costco you can get huge bags of any type of chips. I wanted to share a few other ways to get crunching.
Sonoma Creamy Savory Seed Topper | $6.99 for 8oz | 1300523
While these can be used as a salad topper, which they are great for, you can also can bring them along as a snack.
I do try to actually eat salads when I am on the road, so I would bring these along as a salad topper. I know I sound crazy eating a salad on the go, but it's really a great way to not add too many lbs to your frame on our road trip! (it will make up for the next couple finds!)
Dewey's Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins | $8.99 for 28oz | 1308312
Meyer lemons are my favorite type of lemon for their amazing flavor. Whenever I see them in a produce department, I get excited. These cookie thins are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth, without getting crumbs all of the car.
Snappers Pretzels with Caramel, Sea Salt, and Dark Chocolate | $9.59 for 24oz ($3.00 if you purchase by June 16th) | 876975
I told you I can't resist salted caramel. Do I really need to explain more? Look at those pretzels. Those will help you get through all the long days and kids screaming in the backseat.
What is your favorite road trip snacks at Costco? Leave a comment below.