Summer is the time for road trips and holidays. And now that the kids are out of school for the holidays, it is the perfect time to load up your van, get everyone on board and go for that beautiful stretch of road. But wait, your kids are getting peckish during the ride! What should you do? Have you got travel snacks ready?
Kid-friendly travel snacks
Adults get tired while sitting behind the wheel on a long road trip, so of course, kids do too. Now, the question is what do you do about it? Do you just hand them a bag of potato chips? Maybe a candy bar for the ride? It perhaps tempting to just go with whatever easy to pack snack you find at the grocery store, but taking the extra time to prepare will do wonders for your child’s health. Here are a few you can try for your next road trip:
High in fibre and low on sugar; granola bars are an ideal healthy snack on the go. You can either get ready-made ones at the store or ensure its nutrients, make your own. You can then pack it as is in a resealable plastic bag, or use it as a topping to yoghurt cups. Doing so will give the snack an extra crunch that your kids will surely love.
If your kids love their breakfast cereal, why not consider making it part of their road trip snack? Froot Loops or any other ‘O’ shaped cereals can be stringed together on a piece of yarn and turned into a snacklace (Snack necklace). You can turn it into a fun activity for your kids beforehand where they can choose the colours and how many pieces will go together. You can keep it in a sealed container while you travel, and your kids can put it on and snack when they get peckish on the road.
If you’re looking to add some protein to your child’s diet, nut butter is the best way to go. For your trip, you can make some Ants on a Log by cutting up some small sticks of celery, spreading the indent with some almond butter and place some raisins on a line. It looks appetising and tastes great to boot! The best part is that it’s the perfect fruit, veggie and protein snack combo on the go.
Want to get creative with your kid’s snack? Then try making mini pancakes or waffles and using it as bread for a healthy meal. Make small pancakes that can fit in your child’s hand. And then spread peanut butter and jelly on it and top it. Finally, top it off with another pancake to create a delicious sandwich that will keep them full and happy.
Of course, nothing can ever compare to fresh fruit. They are healthy, easy to prepare and store. Slice their favourite fruits like apples, pears or store small fruits like grapes and strawberries in an airtight container for the ride. This snack is naturally sweet so no need to worry about preservatives and too much sugar.
A holiday with the family helps to keep your family’s relationship healthy, and healthy travel snacks can keep your kid’s body functioning as it should. The more robust the food habits, the healthier the individual. So don’t forget to pack some healthy food for the road.
And if you don’t have a car to go with your road trip, check out some cheap car hire places that can surely get you into a vehicle at a price you can afford. Enjoy the summer remember to stay safe on the road!