It’s ALMOSTÂ here â€” the weekend where you gather with family and friends toÂ celebrate the “unofficial” start of summer! ForÂ many families, this weekendÂ also means a road trip, which involves packing and loading up the kids in theÂ car for anÂ adventure.
EveryÂ good parent knows that the key to a successful road trip is having the rightÂ essentials like sunscreen, wipes, and a firstÂ aide kit on hand. However,Â packing the right mix of food and snacks that everyone will enjoy could be aÂ bit overwhelming withÂ all the options out there.
HereÂ are some helpful tips to make your familyâ€™s Memorial Day Weekend road-trip aÂ well-fueled voyage to remember.
1. Pack Light and Efficiently:Â WhenÂ preparing for the trip, think about the days youâ€™ll be away and the activitiesÂ youâ€™ll be doing and make a list of items youÂ will need! This will help youÂ reduce the load. Keep items that you need handy by placing them in a separateÂ bags.
2. PackÂ snacks that are satisfying and donâ€™t need to be refrigerated:Â Snacks areÂ a key element to keeping the family happy on a road trip! Make sure you pack aÂ variety of them â€“ both savory andÂ sweet â€“ and of course make sure you haveÂ enough for everyone. Here are some top picks:
- Honey Bunches of OatsÂ Breakfast Biscuits â€“Â these are a great on-the-go snack and quick breakfast. These biscuitsÂ offer great taste for the little ones, while giving them the whole grainÂ nutrition they need. Not having to deal withÂ sticky fingers in the car is anÂ added bonus.
- StayÂ HydratedÂ â€“Â Make sure to pack lots of water. Itâ€™s the best beverageÂ option for the entire family.Â Infusing theirÂ H20 with naturalÂ substances, like fruits, veggies, and herbs is a great way to keep themÂ sipping.
- Fruits and lots ofÂ fruits â€“Â TangerinesÂ are always a great option, as they have lots of vitamin C and are easy to peel.Â Bananas are also a great choice, just make sure you bring a bag to store theÂ peels, so that your car doesnâ€™t smell.
- Nuts â€“Â a nice alternative forÂ chips are roasted nuts or sunflower seeds. These are a great protein source andÂ willÂ keep everyone full.
- Pre-made Snacks â€“Â a great way to getÂ everyone engaged and excited for the upcoming trip, is preparing on-the-goÂ roadÂ trip snacks with the family. There are many recipes that you can easily prepareÂ that donâ€™t require oven time orÂ need to be refrigerated after.Â Hereâ€™sÂ one that is made with healthy whole grains and nuts that will provide aÂ delightful and tasty energy boost for all to enjoy.
RecipeÂ |Â Sweet and SaltyÂ No-Bake Clusters
Â·Â Â Â Â 1 cup sugar
Â·Â Â Â Â 2 tablespoons cocoa
Â·Â Â Â Â 1/4 cup butter
Â·Â Â Â Â 1/4 cup milk
Â·Â Â Â Â 1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter
Â·Â Â Â Â 1 teaspoon vanilla
Â·Â Â Â Â 1 1/2 cupÂ Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain Honey CrunchÂ cereal
Â·Â Â Â Â 1 cup pretzels
Â·Â Â Â Â 1/2 cup peanuts
In aÂ heavy saucepan bring to a boil sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1Â minute then add peanut butter,Â vanilla, peanuts, pretzels and cereal.
On aÂ baking sheet coated with waxed paper, drop mixture by 2 Tablespoon scoops.Â Place sheet in the refrigeratorÂ until the clusters are cooled and hardened.Â When ready, gently pull clusters off of the waxed paper. Store clusters inÂ theÂ refrigerator.
So no matter where you are headed this holiday weekend, rememberÂ some of the best memories will be created during theÂ journey.