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Nothing says eating on the run quite like Spring Break: trains, planes and automobiles, hotel rooms and vacations rentals. Isn’t it amazing (and irritating) the way everybody’s hungry all the time when they’re out of their regular routine? Unless you’re one of the lucky few who is poolside sipping something cold and grazing on something that somebody made for you while the kids play “Marco Polo” or weave with banana leaves, you’re probably in snack production mode all day.

Even if you have a kitchen on the road, you’re not going to buy a kitchen full of food for a short stay. So, what are you going to do to make sure all that off-schedule munching isn’t just about sugar, carbs and processed foods?

Without further ado, we present 18 food items that are key to snacking responsibly on the road. If you’re in a hotel, call ahead and ask for a fridge and microwave in your room. And gather up a few knives and spoons for slicing and eating.

  1. Tortillas
  2. Shredded Cheese
  3. Yogurt
  4. Baby carrots
  5. Hummus
  6. Cucumbers
  7. Instant oatmeal
  8. Almonds or walnuts or pecans or pine nuts
  9. Rice cakes
  10. Nut butter
  11. Jam or jelly
  12. Granola
  13. Couscous
  14. Chocolate chips
  15. Raisins or dried cranberries
  16. Raspberries, blueberries or grapes
  17. Bagged, pre-washed salad greens
  18. Box of cereal

If you’ve stocked up on these babies, you can make some healthy magic happen. Here are just a few combinations that work:

  1. Yogurt with granola, chocolate chips and berries.
  2. Rice cakes with peanut/almond butter and chocolate chips.
  3. Couscous with raisins and nuts.
  4. Cheese quesadilla.
  5. Hummus with carrots and cucumber.
  6. Snack mix with nuts, dried cranberries, cereal and chocolate chips.
  7. Oatmeal with dried fruit, nuts, grapes and berries.
  8. Hummus and salad roll-up.

Get the picture? Mix, match and avoid bad pizza. Kids…back away from the vending machine!