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Healthy Foods for a Hard Journey

By Donna Stark

Traveling can be hard. Traveling with kids, even harder. But traveling with kids, and without snacks, well, that’s just madness. Whoever said, “it’s not the destination that matters, it’s the journey,” clearly wasn’t traveling with hungry children in tow ... at least I don’t believe so, but that’s not the point. The point here is that everybody knows road trips, air travel, or even a quick visit to the local park with children requires food. And the simpler it is, the better.

Trip-Worthy Snacks for Your Littles

While travel is often filled with adventures, laughs, and memories that last a lifetime, it can also be consumed with hangry teens, toddler tantrums, and grumpy spouses. Long stretches between rest stops, short connections at airports, and poor food selections at every turn can really take their toll on everyone’s health and happiness. Perhaps that is why we often come back from vacation feeling completely beat and depleted. But you can avoid that by following these tips the next time you and your family head out the door with suitcases in hand.

  • Leave the gas station food at the gas station - Packing your own healthy food for snacks is a lot easier if you are heading to your destination by car. Sure, all of the food found at gas stations and rest stops are tempting, but they really aren’t the best choice you can make. So leave the soda, candy bars, and hot dogs on rollers behind and head to the cooler you packed filled with fruit, nuts, cheese cubes, and mini-sandwiches. Don’t forget the water too!
  • Choose your airport food wisely - Airport food is right up there with what you can find at a gas station, but isn’t as bad. Steer clear of the fast food restaurants and look for healthy wraps, salads, or whole-grain sandwiches, and choose natural juices and water to drink. Many places also offer fruit and smoothies as well which will help to keep your family completely satisfied until you can reach your destination.
  • Boost your immune system with your food choices - It’s common knowledge that public places such as airports, museums, and public transportation stations are a breeding ground for germs. Keep your family safe from germs and healthier than what they were when they left by choosing foods and supplements that will boost their immune system. So load up on Vitamin C and zinc supplements and choose foods such as hummus, fruit, almonds, and fortified smoothies for your afternoon pick-me-ups.

Keeping the Journey Fun

By eating and drinking well, the journey to your family vacation can actually be quite magical. Keeping your children satisfied with food will help to keep them satisfied with each other, and that is a major win for parents! Heck, you may even be able to enjoy that book you brought to read!

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