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Well aware that your kids will get hungry during your next road trip, yet unsure of what to choose outside of a convenience store free-for-all? No problem. Read on for our nutritionist’s favorite healthy options to stock your purse, diaper bag, or cooler.

  1. Fruit. Crisp apples, juicy pears, sweet peaches, or a creamy banana will all serve to satisfy that sweet tooth.
  2. Cheese. Pick up a bag of cheddar, Colby jack, or mozzarella cheese in string form, star shapes, or as a baby-size ball. This way you are making this calcium rich option far more appealing to your hungry kiddos.
  3. Cereal. Whether as a standalone snack, sprinkled over a cup of yogurt or added to a trail mix, cereal is an easy option. Make it whole grain to boost the fiber and nutrition!
  4. Water. Save loads of money and calories by stocking up on bottled water or better yet pack your own refillable bottles.
  5. Trail mix. Make your own with a few of your family’s favorite ingredients. One of our classic mixes includes MultiGrain Cheerios, raisins, almonds, and peanut M&M’s.
  6. Snack bars.
  7. Fresh veggies. Amp up the appeal by serving a colorful assortment of carrot and jicama sticks, bell pepper rings, and cucumber rounds. Encourage your kiddos to boost flavor by dipping them into individual cups of hummus, salsa, or edamame guacamole.
  8. Popcorn. With only a few calories per bite, whole grain, air-popped or homemade microwave popcorn is perfect for those mindless carried munchies.  Add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, or sugar for a flavorful twist.
  9. Yogurt. Whether frozen yogurt tubes or individual cups, this protein rich treat is creamy and satisfying. If you are up for the challenge, bring plain (Greek) yogurt along with a few bagged toppings such as granola, peanuts, fruit, cocoa powder, shredded coconut, or roasted nuts to customize the flavor.
  10. Breakfast cookies. For a true treat whip up a batch of whole grain breakfast cookies or muffins made with fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds – ingredients that are sure to satisfy.

What treats tend to be found in your car? We would love to hear what foods are fueling your family this summer!

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