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5 Travel-Friendly Foods for the Road

Holidays are best spent with the people you love. If you’re lucky, you may be celebrating at home or somewhere in town, but many of us hop in our cars and hit the road to visit family and friends in other cities, states, or even other countries! 

Smelly feet, lack-luster views, and bad car sing-a-longs can sometimes put a damper on a car ride, but nothing brings a crew down quite like “hangry” passengers.

Keep the car pleasant and save money by thinking ahead and packing your lunch and snacks! You can keep food cold and fresh by using a cooler and adding a few ice packs. This is also a great place to store water, fruit, and veggie bites for healthier options in place of typical gas station fare.

Check out these 5 delicious recipes to keep you full and entertained in the car. Time to pack up!

Gingerbread Muffins

Snack on some easy, make-ahead muffins with added holiday flair! The gingerbread flavoring make these snacks a true treat and are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Buffalo Popcorn

What better food to accompany a car movie than popcorn? Warning: It’s addicting. Who doesn’t like hot sauce, chives, and butter? 

Rach also makes Smoky Paprika, Pizza, Salt and Vinegar, and Ballpark popcorn mixes (to name a few), if you’re looking for even more variety.

Chile-Cinnamon Brittle with Mixed Nuts

Snack on a spicy and savory treat that’s not too sweet. Rach put her own personal spin on this Jacques Torres recipe that you’ll love. Tip: Bring a few hand wipes, as sticky fingers may happen with this one – but it’s worth it.

Major Grey Chutney Chicken Salad

There’s no need to pull over to a rest stop when you have sandwiches in tow. Make them at home and wrap them up so you can zip to your destination without unnecessary pit stops.

Frito Pie Burritos

Better yet, how about making a few burritos for the road? They’re a filling, protein-packed lunch that will keep the crew full until dinner without stopping for fast food.

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