This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Safeway. All opinions are 100% mine.
The road trip. Before 2020 it seems we did them all the time. We’d pile the kids in the car and head up 1-5 towards Chuckanut Drive, stopping at a restaurant or various convenience stores if the kids got hungry or needed to use the bathroom. Nowadays our favorite drives are different: less stops, planned bathroom breaks and a basket full of snacks from Safeway.
In light of the current pandemic, camping and family roads trips are still trending this Summer. More families are trying to figure out a way to stay active, create positive memories, and still be mindful of social distancing and staying healthy. Providing pre-planned meals and on-the-go snack options will limit the amount of stops while traveling and keep the kiddos (and parents) full, happy and ready to hit the open road.
Next time we go for a drive, I’m ready with Open Nature® and Signature SELECT™ products. Safeway has some of the best road trip food ideas! There is a great selection of family road trip/camping necessities like beef jerky, protein bars, granola, pita chips/crackers, pre-planned meals and even s’more fixins if you want!
Best Road Trip Food Ideas
When planning your next road trip or camping experience, you have 3 main categories:
1. Foods for the cooler
2. Prepackaged or easy to store snacks
3. Non-food items
Cold picnic foods
Whether you have a hard sided cooler or an insulated bag, you’ll definitely want to keep some of your snacks cold. Here are some of my favorites that are easy to find at Safeway. There are so many choices in their Signature Cafe® line from pasta salad, to precut veggies, fruits and dips! You can even get a sandwich made right in from their deli. We like refreshe® by Signature SELECT™water because it’s easy to give everyone a bottle. Hint: Pick up some Signature SELECT™ Liquid Water Enhancer in your favorite flavor (we like the Raspberry Lemonade) to add some pizazz to your water.
Other cold snacks for our picnic are Signature Cafe Guacamole cups and Signature Cafe Apple Slices with Caramel Dip. Portion control so everyone gets their share and less mess to clean up!
More cold food ideas
Chopped veggies – carrot, celery, and cucumber sticks.
Dips – Hummus, Guacamole
Single portion Salad bowls
Pasta salads, potato salads and more
Prepackaged and Easy-To-Store Snacks
Tip: Break the snacks into individual sized packs if they aren’t already pre-packaged. This saves an entire bag from being eaten at once. Because that never happens. Ever. Individual portions also lessens the germ factor! This is especially important if you are having a social distanced picnic with friends. In addition to the Signature SELECT Peppered Beef Jerky, Open Nature Sea Salt Pita Crackers and Signature SELECT Chewy Almond Coconut Protein Bars, we also made some marshmallow cranberry granola bars with Signature SELECT products. Keep reading for the recipe!
Easy picnic snacks
Non-food road trip items
With every picnic or road trip you need supplies. Make sure everyone cleans their hands before distributing food or eating. Safeway has a great assortment of picnic supplies in both paper and plastic.
Paper towels or napkins
A special picnic treat!
Have a special treat for your road trip! Whether it’s cookies from their in-store bakery or dessert bar made from Safeway products having a fun dessert for your road trip makes things special! Try these marshmallow cranberry granola bars made with ingredients from Safeway.
Marshmallow cranberry granola bar
This yummy treat is a twist on a traditional marshmallow cereal bar because it uses granola! If you don’t like dried cranberries you can also use dried blueberries or cherries
3 cups Open Nature Nut Honey Granola
2 cups Signature SELECT Cereal Honey Nut Toasted Oats
1 cup Signature Farms Dried Cranberries
1/4 cup Lucerne Butter
1 (10-ounce) package Signature SELECT Mini Marshmallows
First, Butter bottom and sides of 13×9-inch pan.
Then Combine granola, toasted oats and cranberries in bowl.
Combine butter and marshmallows in small saucepan. Carefully cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a spatula, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and immediately pour marshmallow mixture over cereal mixture; stir until cereal and cranberries are well coated.
Finally spread mixture evenly into prepared pan using a buttered spoon, pressing evenly. Let cool and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.
Marshmallow cranberry granola bar
- 3 cups Open Nature Nut Honey Granola
- 2 cups Signature SELECT Cereal Honey Nut Toasted Oats
- 1 cup Signature Farms Dried Cranberries
- 1/4 cup Lucerne Butter
- 1 10-ounce package Signature Kitchens Mini Marshmallows
- First, Butter bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan.
- Second mix granola, toasted oats and dried cranberries in bowl.
- Third , combine butter and marshmallows in small saucepan. Carefully cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a spatula, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and immediately pour marshmallow mixture over cereal mixture; stir until cereal and cranberries are well coated.
- Finally spread mixture evenly into prepared pan using a buttered spoon, pressing evenly. Let cool and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.
Safeway also offers Grocery Delivery and Drive Up & Go™ for convenient ways to shop! Getting my groceries delivered gives me one less thing to worry about when planning our road trip picnic.
I shopped at Safeway in my local area, but you can also find Open Nature® and Signature SELECT™ products at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market and Tom Thumb.