Smart Momma Snack Plan

by - March 11, 2015

Road Tripping {a save your sanity series} Part Three

If you asked any parent to name the things that drive them crazy about traveling with kids, I'll bet some rendition of these three sentences, spoken in a desperate, nearing death whine, would make the list:

Are we there yet?

How much further?

I'm starving to death - what can I eat?

I can't do much about the first two questions except to be sure to pack enough entertainment options to speed up the clock - but as for the poor starving children who are wasting away to nothing in the backseat...I've got a plan for that.

Smart momma snack plan for the road

I found perfect snack containers at the Dollar Store.  They came in sets of three and stack together to form a neat little tower of goodies that fits into a cup holder.  I bought one for each child.

smart momma snack plan

Before we leave, they will each choose three snacks and fill their containers {of which one snack must be a fruit or vegetable}.  At every stop they will have the opportunity to refill if they choose.  The containers aren't so big that they're going to overeat and by putting them in charge of their own choices I'm hoping to have three satisfied passengers who won't get bored by being offered the same boring snack over and over again.

What kind of food makes a good road trip snack?  

I am stocking up on all kinds of low-mess options:
  • Crackers
  • Goldfish
  • Cookies
  • Nuts
  • Trail Mix
  • Dry Cereal
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Cheese
  • Baby Carrots
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cherries
  • Clementines

And also a few things that don't fit in the container for a change-up in the snack options:
  • Pepperettes
  • Yogurt Tubes
  • Apples
  • Granola Bars
I'm also planning on throwing in a loaf of bread, and some peanut butter, and jam for a quick sandwich if the need arises.

Something to think about:
If you're crossing the border from Canada into the US like we are, you can't take fruits or vegetables with you.  We'll stop off a grocery store to grab our healthy options once we've crossed but the kids will have their first fill up to eat before we get to the border.

smart momma snack plan

Stay tuned all week as I share more of my brilliant Road Trip Tips {including How to Plan, and 10 Things That Make Everything Better On The Road}

Do you have any road trip advice or other food items you'd add to the list? I'd love to hear it!

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