9 Healthy Snack Ideas (& Where to Find Them) On The Road

Eating healthy when you’re on the road doesn’t always seem like the easiest thing, yet most people aspire to do it. Not only will healthy snacking keep you energized and alert during your travels, but smart planning will also save you money in the long run.

So before you depart on your travels, spend a little bit of time planning out some of the snack options you have in advance, so you’re less likely to grab that muffin or burger when you feel those hunger pangs.

At the Gas Station

Chips and chocolate aren’t the only things you’ll find at the roadside gas station. Stop early on in your travels to stock up before you get hungry. Pick up a few of these reliable snacks, including:

  • Fruit – often gas stations stock fresh bananas, oranges, or apples
  • Sandwiches – check the cold case for fresh, daily-made deli sandwiches. Often gas stations will stock a variety of sandwiches including deli meat, egg, or vegetable varieties
  • Trailmix – nuts and dried fruit are an excellent source of vitamins, proteins, and healthy fats. Scan the aisle for a bag with the least-processed ingredients available

At the Drive-Thru

At many restaurants, fast food has come a long way in terms of options and variety for sourcing a healthier meal or snack option. When you’re on the road, swing by the closest drive-thru and examine the menu for things like:

  • Fruit & yogurt cups – a perfect option morning, noon, or night, yogurt and berries are always fresh and satisfying. Get your fill of fibre, calcium, and more
  • Salads - salads are an excellent option when traveling, and you have control over the portions that are less-healthy, like dressing type and quantity, protein source, added vegetables, and so on
  • Wraps – chicken, turkey, or veggie wraps (think quesadillas) are commonly offered at fast food joints today, and they typically have grilled options instead of fried, as well as higher vegetable content, making a much healthier snack or meal option for the road

At the Drug or Department Store

If you find yourself in a small town or city off the highway, stop in to a drugstore or department store and enjoy a wide variety of snacking options. Take a look for a few travel staples, including:

  • Granola bars – the perfect, compact snack that allows you to enjoy a few servings of whole grains, fruit and protein, depending on the variety
  • Fruit cups – from pineapple, to peaches, pears and more, there are all kinds of premade fruit cups that make a delicious snack when on the road. Just grab a spoon and enjoy!
  • Rice cakes & peanut butter – fuel up on protein with this simple (and inexpensive) snack idea

Happy snacking!

How to See Indianapolis on a Budget

Whether you’re here for business or for pleasure, Indianapolis is a wonderful city to visit and explore. And fortunately, it is also home to many affordable options for sightseeing, dining, attractions and accommodations.

So don’t break the bank – here are some great ways to save money when traveling in this capital city.

Sightseeing & Attractions

Walk Along the White River

A city built along the White River, a visit to Indianapolis just isn’t complete without taking a tour of the White River State Park. Covering over 250 acres, the Park is one of 6 designated cultural districts in Indianapolis. Stroll through the Park to enjoy green spaces, public art, segway tours, memorials, and much more.

Get on the Water at the Indiana Central Canal

If you’re interested in more outdoor activities, spend an afternoon at the Indiana Central Canal – a canal system dug in the early 1800s. Stretching north through White River State Park to 11th Street, the Canal provides an excellent environment for walking, running, biking and sightseeing. Rent a pedal boat or kayak and head out on the water!

Browse Eclectic Goodies at Broad Ripple

For a taste of local shops and culture, head over to the Broad Ripple Village, just 6 miles north of downtown Indianapolis. Here you’ll find all kinds of entertainment and shopping options, ranging from vinyl record shops, to vintage stores, to Big Hat Books, and many more.

Check out the Indiana State Museum

Though not free, the ticket prices for the Indiana State Museum are quite reasonable and certainly worth the cost. Spend a rainy afternoon touring the Museum, examining exhibits of art, science, and culture – specifically, the Age of Ice, Ancient Seas, Birth of the Earth, Enterprise Indiana, and the Crossroads of America.

Eating & Drinking

Staying at an extended stay property gives you the option of cooking your own meals – a nice alternative for the budget conscious traveler (especially on longer trips).

If you are interested in the culinary scene in Indianapolis, try some of these highly recommended budget eats:

  • Mann’s Grille – Fondly regarded as a local ‘truck stop’ type eatery, Mann’s is sure to delight with their delicious homestyle menu chock full of offerings under $10 each. Head to Mann’s for breakfast or lunch and enjoy the best of home cooking.
  • Long’s Bakery – Those with a sweet tooth will rejoice as they enjoy the fine delectables at Long’s. Think cinnamon fries, cakes, donuts and more – all at hard-to-beat prices.
  • The Original Aunt Polly’s Pizza – Hot pizza, ribs, wings, sandwiches and sides. What more could you want from your local pizza joint? Aunt Polly’s has been serving up goodness since 1970 – and is still going strong.
  • Caplinger’s Fresh Catch – A family run business in Indianapolis’ Northeast, Caplinger’s has been serving up fresh seafood for over 70 years. Come in for an affordable taste of alligator, clams, oysters, mussels, snow crab, and much more!


Extended stay travel accommodations are an excellent option for traveling on a budget, providing you with a lower overall price, as well as the amenities to prepare some of your own meals. Take a look at the InTown Suites properties available in the city’s East, North, and Northwest areas, starting at just $179.99 a week.

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