Rock Your Road Trips With Adult & Kid Friendly Snacks!
The season of summer road trips starts for most this weekend! Traveling can often be the culprit for unhealthy eating for your clients, and they may argue that there is no way to turn down fast food and gas-station choices because they have to eat what’s convenient. Advise them to bring along a cooler and lunch box and offer some healthy suggestions of what to pack, so they can avoid that temptation when on-the-go.
For the cooler
Let’s start with drinks. Suggest that your clients pack several bottles of spring water or green tea. Here’s a trick: freeze some of the bottles ahead of time and they become their ice. Once they start to melt, they will have fresh cold drinking water!
Next, suggest healthy sandwich fixings. Simply prepare a big batch of tuna fish and store in a Tupperware container. They can also pack some jam and almond butter, a delicious and healthy alternative to peanut butter. Some may want to include nitrate-free lunch meat and mustard or a low-fat mayo. This way, they have protein-rich, meal-worthy food available….with options!
We know that kids love dip and we know that veggies and dip are a way better option than chips and dip. Suggest packing celery, carrots, sliced pepper, cucumbers and even radish along with some ranch or hummus. Yum!
Don’t forget to tell them that they can pack dark chocolate. Most people crave chocolate from time to time, and dark chocolate is loaded with heart-healthy antioxidants. Tell your clients to pack some dark chocolate in a Ziploc bag and keep it in the cooler—that way it won’t melt!
For the lunch box
Your clients should use a box for healthy snack choices, but first things first, they should make sure they have good, hearty, whole-grain bread for their sandwiches. Educate your clients on the benefits of whole grains. Not only do they keep you fuller longer, but many studies have shown that whole grains may help to decrease the risk of heart disease.
Nuts are a great snack option, but opt for raw nuts, like almonds, walnuts, or pistachios. Many roasted nuts are high in sodium, oil, and calories, and tend to have less of the good stuff (protein, fiber, minerals, and antioxidants). Or have your clients mix up this delicious Monkey Trail Mix from Barbara’s using Puffins, nutritious seeds and more. Simply mix the ingredients below and keep in an air-tight container for easy transporting:
- 2 cups of popcorn
- 2 cups of Honey Rice Puffins Cereal
- 1/2 cup tamari pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup dried banana chips
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut chips (optional)
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Also, let your clients know they can include healthy savory snacks that will satisfy the whole family. Barbara’s Cheese Puffs are a good choice. The Original Cheese Puffs, a combo of real aged cheddar and blue cheese, are made from non-GMO corn, and completely free of cholesterol, gluten, hydrogenated oils, and yellow dye #6. Barbara’s Cheese Puffs are also available in Baked Original, Baked White Cheddar, and Jalapeno—perfect for the family members that want a kick of heat!
Fruit is always an easy option too. They can’t go wrong with apples, oranges, and bananas, which cut down on the waste when traveling.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend!