Traveling with Children during the Holidays: Snacks

          Today we are back with more tips to help traveling with the kids a bit less stressful.  Feeding hungry little mouths during a lengthy road trip can be messy and frenzied. Plus, deciding what snacks to feed your children can be just as confusing. However, with these four tasty, homemade snacks, your trip will be a breeze.

            To begin, a fun and festive treat that you can prepare for your kids just in time for the holiday season is a “Holiday Trail Mix.” The few ingredients that you will need includes: 3 cups of mini pretzels, 2 cups of holiday colored M&Ms ½ cup of Craisens, 1 cup of salted dry roasted peanuts, 2 cups of Rice Chex, and 8 ounces of white chocolate for melting. To prepare this trail mix, first, spread all of your ingredients except the M&Ms on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Next, melt the white chocolate according to package directions and drizzle over your trail mix. After that, transfer everything into a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together, and return to the baking sheet to allow the mix to dry. Lastly, once the trail mix is dry, sprinkle in the M&Ms and place into Ziploc bags. This salty and sweet snack is perfect when hunger strikes!

            This next quick and easy lunch/snack item you can make for your kids is “Holiday Cut-Out Sandwiches.” Start by making your child’s favorite sandwich (i.e. turkey, ham, PB&J, etc.) and once you have finished, use large holiday-themed cookie cut cutters such as Santa, reindeer, bells, reefs, stars, and much more to cut your sandwiches into different and exciting shapes. Your kids will absolutely love choosing their favorite shape to eat.

     Are you having trouble trying to get your children to eat fruit? Well, by feeding them this homemade and nutritious snack, your kids will soon be stuffing their faces with this delicious treat during your road trip. The few ingredients that you will need are: fruit that is on the softer side such as pineapple, mango, cantaloupe, grapes, watermelon, strawberries, oranges, and anything else you can think of, your child’s favorite type of cheese that will easily cut into small cubes, and lastly uncooked spaghetti noodles. The next part of this recipe is easy! Simply cut your fruit into bite-sized pieces and gently puncture each piece onto the uncooked spaghetti noodle. Layer between different fruits and cheeses until you are left with about an inch left from the bottom and an inch left off of the top. Finally, place your kabobs into a Ziploc bag and put them into a cooler to keep everything nice and cold during your trip. Fun fact: you can even cut your fruit and cheese by using various shapes of cookie cutters for extra pizazz!

            The final snack to prepare for your kids during a long road trip is “Homemade Bagel Chips.” The ingredients that you will need for this particular snack are: 2 large bagels (whichever flavor your children prefer), 4 tablespoons of butter, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, ¼ teaspoons of onion powder, ¼ teaspoons of garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoons of salt, and 1/8 teaspoons of pepper. To prepare your bagel chips simply preheat your oven to 350 degrees and slice bagels into thin slices. Next, melt butter and olive oil together in a small bowl and coat an entire baking sheet with the mixture. After that, place both sides of the bagel slices on the baking sheet to coat with the olive oil and butter. Once that is done, mix all of your spices together and sprinkle over the bagel slices. Lastly, bake for 5 minutes, flip the slices, and bake for another 5 minutes. Bring along a delicious dip such as hummus and you’re all set for an exciting road excursion!

Enjoy!

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