Any road trip requires snacks, especially when young ones are involved. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to plan for healthy snacks on the road, especially those that won’t cause a mess in the back seat. Crackers and peanut butter, for example, can be a disaster when given to children during a car trip, because they lead to sticky fingers and lots of crumbs…and who wants to clean that mess up?
Here are the top five healthy snacks for kids that are guaranteed to avoid crumbs and sticky messes in the back seat (aka “car friendly” snacks):
1. Trail Mix with Dried Fruit A quick trail mix is the number one snack for the family because it’s great for any age. You can choose to make your own mix, or you can buy something pre-made. When selecting a good mix, look for dried fruit like mangos, kiwi, bananas and pineapple to get an excellent mix of nutrients. Trail mix with nuts, raisins and dried fruit is a great source of vitamins and minerals and also provides an excellent source of protein that will give energy to last the whole day.
2. Carrots and Apples These fruits are a great car snack because they’re virtually mess free and are delicious without any dip. While they can be eaten whole and washed, little ones will need thin slices to prevent choking. If desired, spray some Fruit Fresh on sliced apples to prevent browning for up to eight hours. Carrots are very nutrient rich and have been shown to improve eyesight, prevent heart disease, nourish the skin and teeth and lower the risk of cancer.
3. String Cheese Another popular snack, string cheese is great for all ages. It’s a good way to help growing bodies get the calcium and vitamin D, necessary for strong bones, and it’s also low in calories and fat. A single serving of mozzarella cheese contains 72 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, less than 1 gram of sugar and a whopping 7 grams of protein. It is also quick and easy to clean up without damaging your vehicle.
4. Dried Cherries Dried fruits like cherries are naturally sweet and tasty, making them a great choice for picky eaters. They also won’t cause a mess in the backseat because there is no juice or sticky residue. Dried cherries are a delicious way to help the kids get more fiber in their diet. Cherries are packed with amino acids and support a healthy digestive system, immune system and heart.
5. Gerber Grad’s Yogurt Melts These snacks are great for toddlers because they are made from freeze-dried yogurt and fruit and include natural flavors. Yogurt Melts are also a good source of vitamins A, C and E which supports a strong immune system and growth. This healthy snack option is great when you need to pick up something out of town for the kids but don’t want to buy fat-loaded chips or chocolate.
Author Jason Lancaster is known to enjoy a good trail mix while writing for Olathe Toyota, an online seller of Genuine Toyota Parts, like Toyota Sienna parts.