If you’re thinking about piling into the minivan for the annual family road-trip this spring break, keep in mind that you’ll most likely hear these two common shouts from the backseat: “Are we there yet?” and “I’m hungry.”
We may not be able to help you with your route, but we can suggest healthy gas station snacks that will keep the kids happy and satisfied. If you just aren’t prepared with enough food, don’t hesitate to hit up one of the many gas stations you’ll pass on your trip. Forget about the candy aisles and check out the more nutritious foods that will keep the kids healthy. The key is knowing which foods to pick!
Popcorn is a great on-the-go snack choice, and kids love to munch away on their own little bag. It’s whole grain, packed of fiber to keep you feeling full, and has a high concentration of antioxidants in the hull. Choose a popcorn brand that has no trans fat and is low in sodium.
2. Turkey Jerky
This brand contains no MSG and nitrates. This high protein snack is perfect for filling hungry bellies and keeping kids full for hours.
3. Kind Bars
This Kind bar has only 4 grams of sugar, and it’s high in protein and fiber. Bars can be very convenient snacks, but some have as much sugar as candy bars. Kind bars are great because the company emphasizes keeping their snacks healthy.
4. Trail Mix
You won’t find added sugar in this trail mix. What you will find is a mix of high-protein nuts and dried fruit. Your kids will happily munch away and won’t need more snakcs for hours.
5. Dove Extra Dark Chocolate Bar
Even milk chocolate lovers will be won over by this dark chocolate bar with a pleasing silky texture. The dark chocolate delivers antioxidants lacking in milk chocolate.
Dry roasted almonds make a fantastic snack for taming hunger pangs when you’re on the road. This high protein crunchy snack satisfies your need for a salty snack without breaking open a bag of potato chips.
7. String Cheese
Check the refrigerated section of the gas station for string cheese. It’s a great way to sneak calcium into your kids while on the road, and most kids will happily snack on these convenient cheese sticks.
8. Fresh Fruit
Check the gas station for fresh fruit. They often carry a small amount of fruit near the cash register. You’ll usually find bananas, apples, and oranges. Offer your kids these snacks first, and they’ll get an unexpected antioxidant and fiber boost on the road!
9. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are loaded with viamin E, an antioxidant that protects cell membranes and keeps skin youthful. This satisfying snack also has plenty of healthy polyunsaturated fat and anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s a smart nutritional choice.
10. Dried Fruit
If you can snatch up this wonderfully addictive and crunchy Bare Fruit snack, grab more than one bag. These baked snacks have no preservatives, no added sugar, and are a great source of fiber.
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