Snacks On-the-Go

Heading out on a road trip this April 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.[1]

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
    • Pretzels
    • Granola bars
    • Popcorn

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[2] and less than 140 milligrams of sodium per package[3]. 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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[1] Most pre-packaged meals, snacks for toddlers contain too much salt. American Heart Association. 2013

[2] American Heart Association Sugar Guidelines. Family Education. 2016.

[3] How Much Sodium Should I Eat? American Heart Association.

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