You can give your kids healthier snack options even when you travel
When traveling, choices for healthy food and snack options can be limited. With a little planning and creativity, you can give healthier options to your family whether you’re taking a family road trip or flying to your vacation destination. Providing your own snacks can save you money too!
Here are 12 ideas to choose from. If you can think of more to add to this list, leave a comment below!
1. Apple slices
Most kids love apple slices! If you’re worried about them browning, just sprinkle a bit of lemon juice on the slices before placing them in a snack bag. I’ve tried the pre-packaged kind once and they just don’t taste as fresh. Cutting your own doesn’t take a long time and it’s preservative free!
2. Baby carrots with ranch dressing
Pack a few individual snack bags for a crunchy and delicious snack on the road. You can buy individual, pre-packaged ranch dressing packets or make your own using small, plastic containers.
3. Grapes – Grapes are plentiful any time of year and come in a lot of varieties. Mix it up with a few red grapes, some green grapes and even some of those lovely black grapes.
4. Mixed Berries – A blend of strawberries, blue berries and black berries makes for a colorful and delicious snack.
5. Cheese sticks – Part skim mozzarella cheese sticks are a favorite with kids and great for traveling since they’re individually wrapped and portable. Just stick a few in a cooler bag and you’re good to go!
6. Trail mix- this is such a versatile snack. You can find it in any grocery store, or you can make your own with favorites that your kids enjoy. Stampinmama has a great recipe you can try.
7. Steamed green beans – These might not sound kid friendly at first, but if you make the consistency crispy/crunchy, the kids will eat them up!
8. Fresh pea pods – Make a game out of counting how many peas are in a pod and the kiddos will love to munch on these crunchy, healthy veggies.
9. Sandwich Roll Ups – whether it’s a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich roll up or an avocado and turkey tortilla roll up, kids will enjoy these easy to make treats. Get as creative as you like.
10. Hummus Dip with Veggies – Slice up some red and green bell peppers, cucumbers or even jicama and enjoy with a healthy dollop of hummus. This is one of my kids’ favorites.
11. Grape Tomatoes – My daughter loves tomatoes and will snack on them just like grapes! They’re fun to eat and provide a good source of Vitamins C & E.
12. Cold Pasta Salad – Perfect and filling, and great for a road trip. Just pack in a small disposable container and stick it in a cooler. Serve with a sandwich, fruit or by itself.