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The Summer Road Trip Snack For A Dieting Dad


Since moving here to beautiful British Columbia, I’ve been on a few pretty special road trips. While they haven’t been the longest, driving six hours seems like a pretty long trip to me.

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The road trip that broke our old Ford Focus


As soon as you drive north or east of Vancouver, you get to the mountains. These aren’t just any mountains, but some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. To the North-west, there’s the Sea-to-Sky highway up to Whistler, winding between the the sea and the jagged edges of the snow-peaked province. Or we can head south, straight into the US to explore Washington state and then down into the wonderful Oregon. If you’re going due-east, then there’s the whole country to explore.


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Driving through the mountains to Kamloops


Apart from packing the clothes, camping gear, and enough toys to keep baby busy for a few miles into the journey, there’s the snacks.

I’m trying to eat well, a balance diet of plenty of lean protein, not to many carbs and little-to-no refined sugar. This can be really hard when space in the car is incredibly limited, and the only stops for refilling the mobile pantry are gas stations.

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Thank goodness for jerky. But not just any jerky. I’ve tried lots and some just taste like old shoe leather. Since finding McSweeney’s jerky, I’ve become a bit of a jerky-snob. To be honest, I always considered jerky to be the food of hardened truckers and cowboys. I’m neither. I don’t have a truck and my head is too big for most cowboy hats.



I feel good about eating McSweeney’s though as it’s made from tender strips and made in small batches. It’s naturally smoked, so no nasty liquid smoke additive.

As it’s lean meat, it’s a source of protein, perfect for keeping me fueled without going over my daily limit for carbs.
Probably my favourite reason to choose McSweeney’s is that they’re a Canadian company, sharing the values that make this country so awesome.

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Road trip snacks!

The giveaway: Win a backpack full of McSweeney’s Jerky. 

Follow @CanadianJerky on Instagram to be eligible. Canada only, ends Aug 31st.

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by McSweeney’s, which is just fine by me as I already loved their jerky. Hooray for free food!

James Smith

Hi, I'm James, I'm a Dad Blogger, Huffington Post Contributor, Social Media Specialist & Community Manager based in Vancouver, BC. I'm thoroughly British, a lover of coffee, the outdoors, cameras and cats. These are my views, thoughts, lessons, and mistakes.

  • Jonnie

    I love road tripping with my family because it’s fun to explore new places and we are exceptional at car karaoke!

    August 9, 2017 at 1:03 pm
  • Amy

    I love it because we get to explore and spend time together as a family! Thanks!

    August 9, 2017 at 1:10 pm
  • linda

    It’s fun to take off in the car to forget about the regular schedule.

    August 9, 2017 at 3:02 pm
  • Florence Cochrane

    I love road trips with family to get away and chill. See something different and have fun together.

    August 9, 2017 at 3:19 pm
  • Casey Miller

    It gives us an opportunity to converse and make new memories together and not worry about work the following day.

    August 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm
  • Belinda

    I love road trips with my family because we get to spend fun and quality time together

    August 9, 2017 at 3:23 pm
  • Terry Mac

    I love the fact that we are discovering our country together, sharing memories that will last forever. I also love the fact we are learning something, not heads buried in cellphones/ipads etc. Being together, sharing, learning…having fun, laughing… doesn’t get better than that!

    August 9, 2017 at 6:39 pm
  • Amy C

    I love the adventure, it’s so much fun to get into the car and go on an adventure.

    August 9, 2017 at 8:54 pm
  • Viv Sluys

    My husband and I both put jerky in each other’s stockings last Christmas…however, he got me McSweeny’s and I got him some other brand. Well after tasting each, we now only get McSweeny’s! It’s just so much better!
    Our family loves road trips! My husband and I have 4 daughters. We’ve driven across Canada, coast to coast (when we only had 1 daughter), done several Alberta trips, Sea to Sky a couple times and lots of trips to the Interior. Some trips we snack and others we don’t really but it definitely makes it feel more like a road trip when there are good snacks!

    August 9, 2017 at 9:58 pm
    • Viv Sluys

      Oh, and we love them because we get to see so many interesting things (wildlife, waterfalls, tunnels, mountains, etc.) and we learn so much (hello rest stops at points of interests! Love those info signs). We also really love the time we get together and the memories we create.

      August 9, 2017 at 10:01 pm
  • Gord

    Its just my gf and I on road trips, no kids to bring with us. We do however enjoy road trips to many various locations. Singing all our favourite songs helps the miles just melt away. The trips are always filled with fun and laughter.

    August 9, 2017 at 10:42 pm
  • michelle tremblett

    It gets us out of the house, away from all the electronics and we et to have real chats 🙂 We always seem to come across the most random things on our roadtrips and we truly have such a great time together. We did a roadtrip a few years back from Toronto to New Orleans and it will forever be some of my best memories with them 🙂

    August 10, 2017 at 6:58 am
  • Nancy T

    My girls have always been fantastic on road trips. It allows all of us to spend more time together making memories! Our best road trip – we flew to Vancouver from TO, rented a car, spent 3 days in Victoria exploring, back to Vancouver for 2 days and then on to Kelowna for 4 days.
    Growing up we drove from TO to BC 2x even traveling back thru the US over 7 days, Florida many times and myself I’ve driven to BC once, Quebec a few times and to Boston once. 🙂

    August 10, 2017 at 7:18 am
  • BobbiJo pentney

    When we go on a road trip we always learn something new about Canada and each other.

    August 10, 2017 at 7:37 am
  • Karla Sceviour

    I LOVE road trips,and visiting places we haven`t been before Seeing new things and exploring is always exciting for everyone!

    August 10, 2017 at 9:31 am
  • Mmmmmm love jerky!

    August 10, 2017 at 9:37 am
  • Birdie Colleen Trafford

    Woohooo , who doesn’t love McSweeny’s beef jerky , could eat it every day , awesome giveaway

    August 10, 2017 at 11:22 am
  • Rhonda

    I like being spontaneous…Let the day take you it where it may…

    August 10, 2017 at 3:13 pm
  • Karen Elizabeth Hill

    I love them because you have a captive audience! Where are they going to go? You can carry on a conversation and unless they feign sleep, they are obliged to answer. Especially when you are travelling the unbeaten path and the road less traveled! If you are the one holding the McSweeny’s Jerky, its a case of speak to me in more than one word sentences, or I will eat the bag myself!

    August 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm
  • Courtney

    I love road trips with my family because we always have great music

    August 11, 2017 at 4:55 am
  • kathy downey

    I love road trips with my family,it’s great we get to do adventure together and it a great bonding time,making memories that’s what it;s all about !

    August 11, 2017 at 9:11 am
  • Julie Farmer

    I love road trips because you never know what you are going to see or explore!

    August 11, 2017 at 5:14 pm
  • Pat Drouillard

    We love road trips they give us memories and we hope that our family will do that with their family.

    August 11, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • We love finding those small towns unexpectedly, that are unique and fun to explore.

    August 13, 2017 at 11:06 am
  • wendy hutton

    I love roads trips with the family as it brings us closer and we love to explore new things

    August 13, 2017 at 5:07 pm
  • Robyn Bellefleur

    I love road tripping with my family because it gives us a chance to talk and catch up on a lot of things.

    August 13, 2017 at 7:45 pm
  • Pam

    I love finding new areas to hike.

    August 14, 2017 at 2:45 am
  • Tracey L

    I love spending time with my kids on road trips, we explore new areas.

    August 14, 2017 at 8:33 am
  • Laurie P

    we love to hit the road and look for those little tucked away spots and explore!

    August 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm
  • Heidi P

    Road-tripping with the family is the best, these memories will last a life-time. Nothing like sharing memories down the road of some of the best & worst road trips taken as a family. Tons of great snacks, swimming pools at your lodging, great adventures to be had by all family memebers.

    Thanks for the chance

    August 15, 2017 at 7:43 pm
  • Carole D

    I love road tripping with my family because it’s fun to explore and it’s great fun family time!

    August 15, 2017 at 8:34 pm
  • Christine Holliday

    It’s all about making memories! We have so much fun just like the road trips that I remember as a child! The fondest memories!

    August 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm
  • Carol M

    I like road trips as it gives you a chance to chat about anything or every thing and no one can escape.

    August 22, 2017 at 5:30 am
  • Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard

    I love them because it is a chance to get away

    August 27, 2017 at 2:46 pm
  • Sean Ash

    If is a chance to exlode new things together as a family

    August 28, 2017 at 8:15 pm
  • Suzie B

    I love the chance to visit new places and some new adventures together!

    August 29, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • It is quality time ro talk without distractions and reconnect as a family

    August 30, 2017 at 5:43 am
  • To get away from the demands of city life and experience new places together

    August 30, 2017 at 1:02 pm
  • Caryn Coates

    Road trips mean fun and quality time spent together! We love road trips

    August 31, 2017 at 11:40 am

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