Best Snacks for Mom and the Kids on the Go!

Families seem to be on the go practically all the time these days, regardless of whether they are at work or at home. The bottom line is that everyone spends a significant amount of days on the go.

In a perfect world, everyone would enjoy three nutritious home prepared meals every day but…

… life happens.

Even with us, we’ve been traveling SO much lately while we were waiting for Chad’s release from the military to be official that we didn’t even know where the closest kitchen was going to be some days!

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Wanted to share some tips that have been helpful for us in being able to stay healthy in between the chaos of life:)

 

The Car Cooler

When you have access to the car and the weather is not cold, a small cooler makes a great place to store a number of heat-perishable food items, drinks and ice. Before you head out, whip up a blender full of banana, kale and almonds for a delicious smoothie. Don’t forget to pack some cups! Fruits and nuts of all kinds are easy and nutritious. Pair them with yogurt or low fat cheese. Crackers can be topped with a myriad  healthy choices, like thinly sliced prosciutto and a chunk of cantaloupe. Bring a knife and a jar of hazelnut butter to spread on crackers, adding a couple slices of banana and a few raisins. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of protein, and pair well with turkey jerky and string cheese. Take along a few peeled, hard-boiled eggs in a sealed container, stored in the cooler. Scoop out the center of an apple and fill it with your favorite nut butter–add raisins, if you like. Pre-cut cauliflower, celery, broccoli and carrots, and store them in a plastic container with your favorite dip in a smaller container, mixed with some plain Greek yogurt. Get creative in a healthy way!

 

For the Kids

You can substitute applesauce and buttermilk for the fat called for in any cake recipe– Chocolate is best! This also cuts out a lot of extra fat. Bake in a large rectangular pan and cut into squares. Top with a light dusting of powdered sugar for a little extra kick!

You can make kid- friendly bonbons by mixing cashew butter with rice cereal and rolling into little balls, this is a family fav. Strawberries and low-fat cream cheese make a delicious sandwich filling, served on the healthiest bread or crackers your children will eat. Try cutting pita bread into triangles, lightly brush with butter and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake until golden, usually 1-3 minutes. And when time limits, any fruit makes a great snack that kids love.

 

Just because you are on the go, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health. Make smart AND delicious choices for you and your family – a few extra minutes is worth a lifetime of good health!


What ways do you stay healthy on the go, come on over to my Facebook page here and tell me about it!

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