Pack these healthy snacks for family road trips and airplane travel this spring break. Travel food doesn't have to be fast food. Keep your family's hunger satisfied when you travel with healthy, homemade snacks that taste great, are budget-friendly and keep you moving toward your destination with fewer stops.
You've organized your trip, packed your family's bags and stocked your purse with wipes. But have you thought about what snacks to pack to keep their tummies satisfied on the way to your destination? We help you satisfy your family's hunger when you travel over the spring break. Try packing these healthy snacks on your road trips and airplane rides, so you can get where you're going faster -- and without the extra calories, sugar and fat lurking in the typical road stop meal.
1. Homemade Trail Mix
Trail mix is a filling and portable snack for long car rides or plane trips. But store-bought blends can pack extra calories, sugar and saturated fat your family doesn't need. Here are three DIY trail mix recipes that are tasty, easy to make and will hold off hunger until you get to the next meal.
Monkey Mix for Kids - Banana chips, peanuts, peanut butter chips, raisins, coconut flakes and Shreddies
Energy Mix for Drivers - Walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, dried cranberries, nutmeg and sea salt
Glam Mix for Mom - Almonds, dried cherries, dark chocolate chips, sea salt and cinnamon
2. Munchie Necklace for Kids
Kids from toddlers up to tweens will love this travel snack idea that's perfect for road trips or the plane. Create a snack necklace by stringing snack food with holes onto a length of yarn or string and tying the ends together to form a necklace big enough to comfortably slip over the head. For the edible necklace "charms", use whole-grain O cereal (regular or Honey Nut), fruity loop cereal, mini pretzels, gummy candy rings and dried apple rings in any combination.
Tip: You can wrap some tape around one end of the yarn to make it easy to string food items onto, or use a crochet needle.
3. Sandwich Sushi
Kids and adults alike can enjoy these cute, sushi-inspired sandwich rolls as a filling snack on family trips. Get my easy recipe and filling ideas here. Wrap individually in plastic wrap and toss into baggies for travel, or pack tightly into lidded plastic containers.
4. Homemade Kettle Corn
This DIY kettle corn recipe is much healthier than store-bought options, and so easy to make. Start with about 12 cups of air popped popcorn. Spread it in a single layer on a baking sheet and spray lightly with butter-flavored cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with a mixture of one teaspoon each salt and powdered sugar. Stir to coat. Pack into travel-friendly baggies for an easy snack when you travel.
5. Baby Carrots and Hummus
Sweet baby carrots are delicious dipped in protein-rich hummus. Create individual snack packs using plastic containers with compartments, so nobody has to share.
6. Homemade Guacamole and Tortilla Chips
Here's a scrumptious, heart-healthy snack your family will beg you to make every time you travel. Pack individual containers of my delicious homemade guacamole recipe for everyone on your trip. Serve with plastic baggies of baked tortilla chips (better for you than the usual fried variety). To make the guacamole, simply chop up four ripe Haas avocados, 1 small ripe tomato and two tablespoons of diced red onion. Toss with one tablespoon each freshly-squeezed lime juice and sea salt. Season with cracked black pepper to taste.
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