As the holidays quickly approach so does the next round of family travel for the year- especially road trips, both long and short, depending on how far away you live from friends, family, or whomever with which you’ll be celebrating! Which means it’s time to start planning how to keep your kids eating healthy! Pulling together the treats from this list of healthy snacks for kids will keep you sane and the kids happy for much longer.
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Healthy Snacks for Kids While Traveling
It may be easy for you to find something healthy when you are traveling, whether on the road or in an airplane, but kids are a different story. You not only need to find snacks with plenty of nutrition and that satiate their hunger, but of which they also like the taste. This list of healthy snacks is by no means the only items, but its a grid place to get started as they are often preferred by children (and adults- so everyone can snack happy).
Granola bars are a good option as they are non-perishable and are easy to cram into any luggage at the last minute! They’re also not even remotely liquid so you can keep them in purse or carry-on for a quick airplane snack.
There are organic, all-natural granola bars, so you don’t need to feed them any preservatives. You could even make your own.
If you want to be especially efficient you can purchase granola and nuts in bulk and then package them together in portion-size reusable bags as a quick snack.
Apples and Nut Butter
Here is a snack that is easy to prepare beforehand and bring with you, especially on a road trip.
Slice up some apples and put a little lemon juice (to prevent browning) on the apples before storing them in a to-go container.
Put some nut butter, such as all-natural peanut butter (no sugar added!) or almond butter, in a second container. When your kids want a snack, give them the apples and container of nut butter in which to dip them in.
It is a healthy, low-fat, convenient snack. Depending on the age of your kids it may get a bit messy, but it’s probably worth it for the entertainment factor that keeps them from asking, “Are we there yet?”
One of the simplest things you can do is find a healthy cereal, place the dry cereal in a plastic bag, and put it in the car or in your carry-on bag at the airport. Hand your starving kid the bag of cereal when they need a quick snack.
There are plenty of delicious low-sugar cereals that are soft enough to eat even without milk, especially puff cereal. Some of these also have a good amount of fiber and other nutrients, so it’s a healthy option.
Veggies, Crackers and Hummus Dip
If you can keep a cooler in your car, you can bring along a healthy dip with some sliced vegetables or crackers to go with it. Gluten-free crackers are often more convenient, since they are non-perishable. Mary’s Gone Crackers has a ton of delicious flavors that you don’t even need a dip or spread.
If you have a cooler, or will only be traveling for a few hours then slices of bell peppers, carrots, and broccoli dipped in hummus make for the healthiest of snacks.
Your Family Favorite Healthy Snacks
Don’t forget about fresh fruit that doesn’t require being cool, such as bananas, apples, citrus fruits, and, if your kids are like mine- whole tomatoes (to be eaten like an apple!).
And always make sure you have pickles readily available!
These are some options that let your kid eat a snack that is healthy and enjoyable for them and will relieve just a bit of that holiday travel stress.
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