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Nutrition Bites: Smart Snacks for Crazy Car Trips

Car trips with the family can be stressful to begin with – not only on the mind, but on the body as well! With these simple tips, we hope to help take the guess work out of choosing smart snacks and drinks for on-the-go.

In the Cooler:
Fruit: Fruit can be easy on the go snacks because they typically require little preparation. Apples, bananas, oranges, berries, grapes, and pears are all great on the go items.
Vegetables: Veggies are a great way to curve hunger and great for some crunch. Bring baby carrots, celery sticks, pepper strips, etc. to dip and crunch on.
Hummus: Hummus can be a good way to add variety in flavors. It also has protein because it is a base of pureed chickpeas.
Yogurt: Yogurt is a healthy source of protein and can be mixed with fruit to add more flavor. Watch for sugar content and try to go for unsweetened plain Greek yogurt. Add toppings like fruit, granola or even a little honey.

Crunchy Cravings:
Homemade Popcorn: It is cheap and easy to make in an air fryer, a pot on the stove, or in a paper bag in the microwave. Different toppings can be added to change the flavors. For example, add cocoa powder for a chocolate taste, or add parmesan or nutritional yeast, garlic powder, a small sprinkle of salt and pepper, hot sauce or paprika.
Trail Mix: Trail mix can be a journey in itself, because it allows creativity to flow. We suggest starting off with some nuts and seeds, then add in some dried fruits. Dark chocolate can be added for a bit of extra sweetness. However, don’t go overboard with the dried fruit and chocolate because that turns trail mix from a healthy on-the-go snack to a portable dessert.

Rice Cakes: These can be a simple and versatile on-the-go snacks. They can be eaten alone or smeared with honey, nut/seed butters, a little bit of jelly or even some fruit and veggies. They are not nutrient dense but they are not a bad base to a snack. Just be cautious of the different flavors offered in stores because of added sugars.

Rethink Your Drink
Avoid Sugary Drinks: Sugar-sweetened beverages includes soft drinks, sweet teas, and even fruit juices. It is one thing to have the occasional sugar-sweetened beverage but they should not be the majority of a person’s fluid consumption.

Infused Water: Infusing water can be a great way to add some flavor and variety into the beverage arsenal. A few combinations that most people love are lemon and ginger, cucumbers by themselves or with some mint, and berry combinations

Drink Add Ins: Crystal Light can be great to add to water for variety into a person’s water intake.

Water: Just drink it – your body will thank you!☺

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