Road trips can be a fun, family-bonding experience, but they can also feel hectic. If you need to get to your destination in a hurry, or want to avoid the unhealthy snacks lurking off of every highway exit, it may be best to pack some fun snacks from your own kitchen.
1. Peanut Butter “Quesadilla”
The first snack is a peanut butter “quesadilla.” Spread a generous amount of peanut butter on one side of a tortilla. This snack is especially fun, and convenient, since you use whatever you might happen to have in the kitchen. Some good topping ideas would be raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, M&M’s and finely chopped apple pieces. Once you’ve added your toppings apply a thinner layer of peanut butter to the second tortilla and place it on top of the first. Use a pizza cutter to slice into triangles.
2. Turkey and Cheese Rolls
Turkey and cheese rolls are a good choice for a more filling snack. Take some whole wheat pitas or tortillas; add cheese, turkey, lettuce, and a bit of mayonnaise. For a more compact, travel-friendly sandwich, roll it up instead of keeping it flat. To make pita easier to wrap, stick it in the microwave for about fifteen second.
3. Trail Mix
Another option is a fresh version of trail-mix. To start, gather some zip-lock bags or plastic containers. Chop apples, and pears and put them in the container. Next, add some hard cheese that has been cut into small cubed pieces. Next, add other small treats like assorted nuts, chocolate chips, raisins and sunflower seeds. A treat like this has variety, and will keep kids occupied on the road.
4. Ants on a Log
The standard ants on a log is another good food to travel with. Simply spread peanut butter on cut celery and add raisins if desired. For a new twist, spread low-fat cream cheese on celery instead of peanut butter. A few imitation-bacon bits can be added on top to spice things up.
5. Cupcake Macaroni and Cheese
If you have time to cook before leaving, try baking macaroni and cheese in cupcake holders. After being baked, the mac and cheese has a crispier texture which can be enjoyed hot or cold. The compact shape given by the cupcake holders, make this snack ideal for travel.
While it may seem daunting to get yourself packed and get the kids sitting happily in the car, hungry bellies don’t need to be a challenge on the road! Now the number of “Are-we-there-yet”s is an entirely different story!