It is officially the month of August and Labor Day is a little more than a month away. It is a popular time for families to enjoy the last moments of summer by taking a vacation or traveling on a weekend. This week’s blog discusses ways to encourage families in your community to think of ways to enjoy healthy road trip snacks and avoid the fast food restaurants. The following lists some ideas to get you started inspired by Cookinglight.com
Begin your day with whole grain cereal instead of donuts or bagels. Search for brands that supply at least 4 grams of fiber and 160 calories per cup. Grab a cub with low-fat yogurt and a banana and you’re all set to go. Cheerios is always a safe option and easy to locate in any grocery store. For younger kids, store in a Ziploc bag for them to snack on during the drive.
Energy bars help make for a good road trip snack as well! Make sure you purchase energy bars with at least 5 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein and fewer than 170 calories, also check the sugar content and make sure it’s not too high. Some good energy bars are Kellogg’s Special K or Kashi Go Lean Protein & Fiber Bar. Energy bars will control your hunger in a healthy and balanced way rather than sugar-loaded candy bars.
Trail mix is a perfect combination of sweet, salty and crunchy. This snack can have a combination of dried fruit, nuts and m&m’s. Make sure to keep an eye on portions, because it can be high in calories. Three tablespoons can supply 140 calories and 9 grams of fat.
Another idea is string cheese sticks, which help reach your 3 daily servings of dairy. Grab a pack of these sticks and you’ll get as much calcium as you from a glass of milk, as well as protein. Even better, pair the snack with a bag of baby carrots to reach your vegetable intake for the day.
Remember, staying hydrated during your trip is also vital. Water is always the best way to go to keep yourself focused behind the wheel and well hydrated. These road trip snack ideas can be promoted over social media. Continue to take advantage of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to motivate families in your community to be health conscious even when on vacation. Encourage your department and community to share their healthy snacks on social media as well to help increase awareness. Snacks can be healthy and delicious, making them the perfect combination for a road trip. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
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