Heading out on a road trip this summer vacation? Or getting ready for a day trip by car or public transportation? Preparing to be away for hours or days with your family can take a lot of planning, when getting on the road, there is so much to prepare: toothbrushes, backpacks, phone chargers, directions, and more. And, any longer than one hour out will have the family grumbling about needing a snack.
While it’s tempting to stop at a local convenience store and grab a bag of chips when someone’s hungry, the contents of most pre-packaged products are high in salt or sugar.
If you are trying to provide your family with healthy snack options on your next road trip or outing, here are a few suggestions:
- Pack ahead: Snacks to grab at the grocery store before hitting the road
- A bag of clementines go a long way
- Apples and a jar of peanut butter or other nut butter
- Carrots and hummus
- Dry, sugar-free (or very low sugar) cereal
- Shop smart: Snacks to purchase while on the road
- Trail mix
- Granola bars
Check labels of packaged foods for sugar and sodium content. According to the American Heart Association, they suggest choosing products with 15 to 30 grams of sugar per package and less than 140 milligrams of sodium per package. More information about reading nutrition labels can be found here.
Feel good about the snacks your family eats while on vacation or out and about for a few hours!
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 Most pre-packaged meals, snacks for toddlers contain too much salt. American Heart Association. 2013 http://newsroom.heart.org/news/most-pre-packaged-meals-snacks-for-toddlers-contain-too-much-salt
 American Heart Association Sugar Guidelines. Family Education. 2016. https://www.familyeducation.com/life/sugar/are-we-too-sweet-our-kids-addiction-sugar
 How Much Sodium Should I Eat? American Heart Association. https://sodiumbreakup.heart.org/how_much_sodium_should_i_eat?utm_source=SRI&utm_medium=HeartOrg&utm_term=Website&utm_content=SodiumAndSalt&utm_campaign=SodiumBreakup