When you’re road tripping with your family, it may seem easy to fall back on fast food, processed snacks and convenience store candies.
What about your family health? Have you thought about helthy snacks on-the-go?All it takes is a little planning ahead and you can easily avoid foods that contain no more than simple sugars and carbohydrates. Bring a small insulated cooler, as well as small food storage containers or resealable bags to keep finger foods ready to go. Nutritious treats will keep everyone energized, happy, and healthy during your family drive.
Check out the following tasty, affordable on-the-go, and healthy snacks:
Veggies on the road
Veggies like carrot sticks, celery, broccoli, and bell peppers can be easily chopped in advance and tossed in your cooler. Add hummus as a dip and you’ll also add good fats and protein to help keep your kids’ hunger low and energy level high.
Fresh fruit is one of the best on-the-go snack options out there. Prepare fruit by washing and slicing it as needed before you start your trip. Store it in lidded food containers inside an insulated cooler to help keep it cool and fresh. Cut apple pieces can turn brown due to oxidation, so sprinkle them with lemon juice in a bowl and toss to coat before closing the container. To add extra protein finish the apple slices off with a dab of peanut butter.
Home-made trail mix. You may think it’s only for hikers, but trail mix offers everything you could want in a snack: it’s crunchy, full of protein, and easy to take on the move. Trail mix is a quick and easy make-at-home snack that will keep well in a storage container with lid. Combine granola, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin or sunflower raw seeds, and dried fruits such as cranberries and raisins.
Yogurt and Granola Mix
With a mix of the right yogurt and granola, your kids will think they’re eating dessert. If you save this snack until you’re nearing the end of the drive, your kids will arrive packed with protein and have lots of energy to explore your destination.
crackers or oatmeal cookies
Whole grain crackers or oatmeal cookies make for a delicious on-the-go breakfast.
Enjoy your travel and keep your family health.