It was hot and humid July day in Washington DC. We had just finished a behind the scenes elephant tour at the National Zoo and my husband was waiting for us at the National Mall.

After several failed attempts to hail a cab, my daughter declared she was hungry—it was nearing lunchtime—so we walked across the street to 7-Eleven.

I figured we’d grab a bag of goldfish crackers and a bottled water at best, but I was blown away that I was able to purchase a pack of carrot and celery sticks, a hard-boiled egg and fruit to tide her over.

It turns out that this particular convenience store brand is making room for healthier options with a new line of fresh food called 7-Eleven Fresh To Go that is prepared in local kitchens and delivered to stores daily.

Fresh and healthy convenience store snacks from 7-Eleven

When you’re on the road this summer traveling or chauffeuring kids to camp and playdates, it’s possible to pick up healthy convenience store snacks like these excellent options below (in addition to a few fun treats):

1. Veggie Sticks

As mentioned, pre-washed and pre-cut carrot and celery sticks make a perfect healthy snack option.

2. Fresh Whole Fruit

Eco-friendly without packaging and easy to eat, why not opt for a banana or apple?

3. Fresh Fruit Cups

Bite-sized fruit makes for an easy as well as a fiber and antioxidant-rich snack that kids love. Plus, if they only eat certain kinds of fruit, these days (or, at least at 7-Eleven) there are multiple fruit choices.

Healthy Road Trip Snacks: Convenience Store Fresh Strawberries

7-Eleven even has fresh mango and jicama sold with a lime wedge and lime salt for a more upscale (or south-of-the-border) twist on cut fresh fruit.

4. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Protein helps keeps kids (and you) satiated for longer so if they’re game for a hard-boiled egg, this is an excellent snack. The pack I bought came with cheese, crackers and a dash of salt and pepper.

Healthy convenience store snacks for road trips include hard-boiled eggs and cheese.

5. Cheese

Speaking of cheese, cubes or packets of cheddar cheese or string cheese are readily available in 7-Eleven cold sections. I did pick up a Bistro pack with carrots, cheese, grapes and pita bread rounds.

Healthy convenience store snacks: cheese, grapes, hummus and veggies.

It’s really a perfect snack when we’re pressed for time before dance class and I forget (which happens) to bring food for her to eat en route.

6. Yogurt

It’s full of calcium and you can find parfait, Greek yogurt and regular yogurt in multiple flavors.

7. Nuts

Find nuts with no salt. They sell individual bags of unsalted almonds at our local 7-Eleven.

8. Cereal Cups

Individual-sized servings of Cheerios are fantastic for kids of any age who might need the distraction of multiple snack pieces while satisfying hunger. Special-K and granola are also options (skip the sugared cereal unless you want wired kids).

9. Trail Mix

The mixture of dried fruit and nuts make for a perfect combination of salty and sweet and a better option than reaching for a candy bar.

10. 100% Fruit or Vegetable Juice

The key is to make sure that there isn’t a bunch of sugar or other excessive ingredients added to the juice. But grab a V-8 instead of a Coke.

11. Sunflower Seeds

Careful consumption of sunflower seeds are a fun and healthy road trip snack if the kids are capable of not making a mess of the shells.

12. Granola Bars

Similar to trail mix, most convenience stores like 7-Eleven have a large selection of fruit and nut granola bars in a variety of flavors that are better options than candy bars.

13. Milk

A carton of milk is satisfying. Even if the kids have a hankering for chocolate milk… this is better than caving and purchasing that pack of donuts. Our pediatrician suggested chocolate milk as a dessert for our daughter during times when getting calcium in her was challenging.

14. A Healthy Sandwich

7-Eleven’s fresh turkey sub is just a giant pile of sandwich meat with a little bit of cheese. Throw on some mustard and hit the road. I appreciated that it wasn’t already sauced with too much mayo.

15. A Fresh Salad

While salads can pack on the fat and calories depending on which you choose, a green salad will do the trick. Though, to be honest, I’ve been known to opt for a chicken Caesar and use dressing very, very sparingly and my daughter still eats it.

So, the point of this post is to let you know the fresh food is available at 7-Eleven. If the kids are hungry during your travels, you can pick up healthy snacks here which is something I didn’t realize until I stepped inside one recently.
Is it possible to pick up healthy snacks at a convenience store? Here is what to buy when you stop at one during your next family road trip or excursion with the kids around town.

Our local 7-Eleven is located near La Jolla High School where kids pick up drinks and snacks before and after school as well as before and after extracurricular activities.

I saw plenty of kids buying the 7-Eleven Fresh To Go fruit packs as a snack, which as a parent, I’m happy about.

See also: 10 Road Trip Activities to Keep Kids Entertained in the Car

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by 7-Eleven via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of 7-Eleven or Momtrends. 

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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  1. Thank you for all this great information about healthy convenience store inventory! I really like your point about how convenience stores are investing more in healthy options like boiled eggs and prepackaged fruit. We are going on a road trip and want to be sure we know what to expect on the roads to keep our eating goals in line.