Pre-plan your family’s snacking and travel happy on Labor Day

Labor Day and travel go together like hungry children and a car trip.

Chances are, even if it’s a simple day trip to the beach, your family will get out of town on this vacation. It’s in everyone’s best interests when the car is full of nibbles.

Ilisa Nussbaum, a clinical nutritionist at Yale New Haven Hospital, said the key is planning and packaging to avoid last-minute stops.

“Once you’re hungry and rushed at the airport store or the roadside gas station, it becomes difficult to get your child or yourself into an orange instead of chips, so avoid the store and avoid the stress,” said Nussbaum.

Satisfying but enjoyable snacks are the way to go. Think of a combination of fruits, whole grains, nuts, cheese sticks, vegetables, and hummus.

When lifestyle blogger Aseky Bonnaire goes on a family outing, she packs a bag of snacks for each child.

Aseky Bonnaire, a popular lifestyle and family travel blogger in central Florida, knows a thing or two about packing travel snacks. Bonnaire and her husband have four children between the ages of 2 and 8 years. In the past year they have been traveling everywhere from Hawaii to Utah to Mexico.

When traveling, whether by car or plane, every child gets their own gallon-sized bag filled with snacks, which they keep in their own backpacks.

“When they’re done with their snacks, I won’t ask for more,” said Bonnaire, adding that she makes sure she packs a lot for them.

She advises leaving those fancy food containers at home – one less thing to worry about. Instead, choose to pack snacks in disposable bags or have snacks already packaged in individual portions.

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Eating healthy when traveling is still a must for the Bonnaire family. Also, Bonnaire said her kids appreciate the snacks they’re used to.

“Think of a day at home,” said Bonnaire. “What are the typical snacks you would ask for? They’ll want the same things they eat at home and then some more because they’re bored. Be over-prepared for the good of everyone. ”

From the perspective of a nutritionist, Nussbaum, a mother of three, said it was okay to add a few sweets to your snack repertoire.

“It’s fun and can be a pleasure when traveling,” says Nussbaum. “My favorite travel sweets are gourmet-flavored jelly beans. I’ve spent entire flights with my kids guessing the flavors of jelly bean and mixing mysterious recipes to guess them. ”

Pack healthy snacks ahead of time so you and your kids are not tempted by fast food and convenience store deals.

Here are some snack options you might want to pack on your next family outing.

GoGo SqeeZ

These resealable snacks are perfectly packaged for on the go. They contain everything from fruits to vegetables to pudding. It’s an easy way to incorporate healthy eating into your little one’s diet on the go. Pack a lot. Children will get through these quickly, but they are also good for parents. gogosqueez.com

Nature’s Bakery Bars

These bars are individually wrapped and made from whole grain products and sun-ripened fruits. Some even baked fruits and vegetables straight away. The soft, chewy bars are available in flavors such as brownie, strawberry and blueberry. There are also gluten-free options. naturesbakery.com

JOJO’s chocolate

This is the treat to pack when you’re in the mood for something sweet but don’t want to consume a ton of sugar. JOJO’s Chocolate is a guilt-free, plant-based option that doesn’t force you to choose between a healthy snack and a sweet treat. Flavors include Original, Goes Hawaiian, Peanut Butter Delight, and Raspberry Dream. jojoschocolate.com

Delicacies Funny appetizers

These bite-sized meringues are a great snack for diabetics or those on a keto diet. It’s hard to believe when it comes to flavors like cotton candy, birthday cake, and caramel, they have less than two calories each. If you can keep yourself from eating the entire bag, the treats come in resealable packs for easy portability. Delicacies, fun

Tall brew

Don’t forget to keep mom and dad decaf. High Brew makes canned coffee in flavors from peppermint mocha to nitro sweet cream cold brew. There is a caffeinated taste for every palate, even without dairy products. When you need hot coffee they are there for you. Order the black and bold, which comes in a self-heating can. Just turn the disc on the can when you’re ready for your warm brew. highbrewcoffee.com

D’vash Superfood Bites

These vegan organic superfood snacks and bars are made with dates. The individually wrapped products make it easy to toss in a bag and grab when you need a boost of energy. They come in flavors like peanut butter crunch, cashew almond, walnut cranberry, and many others. dvashorganics.com

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