Road trips are lots of fun for a lot of reasons. I don’t care how old you are, there is something about hitting the open road that makes the time feel like an adventure. A gas tank full of gas, a map on the seat next to you, and a road stretching endlessly in front of you creates the right dynamics for all kinds of possibilities.
I find that the greatest possibility is weight gain and water retention from lack of activity (jogging desperately to the restroom doesn’t count) and too much junk food. On the flip side, if I don’t take snacks I risk being “hangry” and no one wants that. You, too?
I thought so.
Healthy snacks just sound boring to me but they don’t have to be. Here are some snack foods to consider.
Local fruit. Here’s the thing. If you are driving along America’s highways and byways you are eventually going to pass a little fruit stand, and when you do you should hit the brakes. There is nothing in the known universe like fresh, tree (vine, plant) ripened fruit that has not ever seen the inside of a refrigerator or truck.
String cheese. It’s fun, it’s protein, and it goes great with that fresh fruit you just bought.
Veggies. Those individual packets of carrots and dip are great because there’s no mess and it’s one snack per container. Just eat it and throw the wrapper away.
Yogurt. It’s got protein and calcium plus it’s almost like eating pudding! You can slip yogurt into a small cooler and have it ready any time. Consider getting Go-Gurt and you won’t even have to worry about a spoon.
Crackers. Whole grain, low salt crackers are perfect when you just have to have crunchy carbs.
What are your road trip must-have snacks?
Today’s link round-up has a photo frame banner, flower headband, printable recipe cards, and more.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to add a DIY frosted pattern privacy glass.
Sugar Bee Crafts showed us how to make a photo frame banner.
The Ribbon Retreat taught us how to make a fabric flower headband.
It’s Always Autumn gathered up some of the best indoor crafts and activities for kids.
Kre’ativ77 shared some printable recipe cards.
My Own Label gave a great gift idea—chalk-painted seed starters.
Honestly Yum shared a recipe for quinoa granola bars.
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and It’s Always Autumn
Food Network Kitchens presents 100-calorie versions of favorite snacks.
Expert Katie Lee shares three snacks to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I’ve talked about adding spinach into your kids’ smoothies and having them be none the wiser, but there are other ways to sneak healthy foods into your kids’ meals, too.
The Sneaky Chef’s Brawny Brownies has spinach, blueberries, wheat germ, and oat bran. The brownies aren’t exactly health food, but if your kids love brownies and you need to make some for one reason or another, why not sneak in some extra antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals?
TLC suggests something that should probably be a no-brainer, but it had never occurred to me. My daughter is way too familiar with the way her favorite cereals look, and she’d probably reject any mix of other cereals on the days we were pressed for time.
However, I do think that I’ll start mixing in healthier cereals with the sugary ones she begs for and sometimes gets. Less of a sugar rush for her, less guilt for me…everybody wins.
Eating Well suggests mixing finely chopped mushrooms in the place of some (not all) of the ground beef when you’re making Sloppy Joes or spaghetti sauce. I can see this one working very well, and I could probably even stomach it (I really don’t like mushrooms). If you have a vegetable spiralizer, you may be able to sneak in some zucchini and squash “noodles” with the spaghetti, too.
What are your favorite ways to add vegetables into your family’s foods without the kids (and maybe even your husband) knowing? I’ve used some of the tips above, baked with canned pumpkin or applesauce instead of oil, and juiced carrots and beets along with apples, but nothing too creative yet.
Photo credit: dichohecho
My husband loves yogurt. He particularly loves Greek yogurt. In truth, the whole family is battling a bit of a yogurt addiction. We’re always on the look out for the next best tasting yogurt at our house.
The girls like Chobani champions and I personally love Oikos, especially toasted coconut.
My husband likes Oikos but he’s always looking to find the best yogurt. I think he wants his own yogurt so there’s no mix up or confusion. Well, his yogurt prayers may be getting answered. Read more…
I’ve become a smoothie fanatic because they’re quick, easy, nutritious, and my daughter will actually drink them without putting up too much of an argument. She thinks they’re a treat.
I think they’re way easier than eating a plate or bowl full of food while walking or driving around. They’re good for snacks or meals, depending on what you put in there, so they’re one of the most versatile things you can make. Read more…
If you’re looking for a good on-the-go snack or a way to sneak greens into your preschooler, a green smoothie could be the answer.
My favorite involves three kiwi, a few handfuls of spinach, frozen mixed berries, vanilla protein powder, Amazing Grass SuperFood Powder, unsweetened vanilla coconut or almond milk, half of a banana, water (plain or coconut water would work well), and a little kale, though you may want to hold the kale if you’re making it for your kid or if you’re new to green smoothies because it can change the texture a bit. Read more…
Gummi Bears and fruit snacks are pretty popular around here. It wasn’t too long ago that my husband went to the store and decided to bless one of my children (who shall forever remain anonymous in this story) with a five pound bag of Gummi Bears.
Would you be shocked if I said that they were gone within a couple of hours? Well, they were. Read more…