Memorial Day Weekend Road-trip? Avoid the “Are we there yet” syndrome

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"Memorial Day Weekend Road-trip? Avoid the “Are we there yet” syndrome"

01_HBO_BreakfastBiscuitsIt’s ALMOST here — the weekend where you gather with family and friends to celebrate the “unofficial” start of summer! For many families, this weekend also means a road trip, which involves packing and loading up the kids in the car for an adventure.

Every good parent knows that the key to a successful road trip is having the right essentials like sunscreen, wipes, and a first aide kit on hand. However, packing the right mix of food and snacks that everyone will enjoy could be a bit overwhelming with all the options out there.

Here are some helpful tips to make your family’s Memorial Day Weekend road-trip a well-fueled voyage to remember.

1. Pack Light and Efficiently: When preparing for the trip, think about the days you’ll be away and the activities you’ll be doing and make a list of items you will need! This will help you reduce the load. Keep items that you need handy by placing them in a separate bags.

2. Pack snacks that are satisfying and don’t need to be refrigerated: Snacks are a key element to keeping the family happy on a road trip! Make sure you pack a variety of them – both savory and sweet – and of course make sure you have enough for everyone. Here are some top picks:

  • Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits – these are a great on-the-go snack and quick breakfast. These biscuits offer great taste for the little ones, while giving them the whole grain nutrition they need. Not having to deal with sticky fingers in the car is an added bonus.
  • Stay Hydrated – Make sure to pack lots of water. It’s the best beverage option for the entire family. Infusing their H20 with natural substances, like fruits, veggies, and herbs is a great way to keep them sipping.
  • Fruits and lots of fruits – Tangerines are always a great option, as they have lots of vitamin C and are easy to peel. Bananas are also a great choice, just make sure you bring a bag to store the peels, so that your car doesn’t smell.
  • Nuts – a nice alternative for chips are roasted nuts or sunflower seeds. These are a great protein source and will keep everyone full.
  • Pre-made Snacks – a great way to get everyone engaged and excited for the upcoming trip, is preparing on-the-go road trip snacks with the family. There are many recipes that you can easily prepare that don’t require oven time or need to be refrigerated after. Here’s one that is made with healthy whole grains and nuts that will provide a delightful and tasty energy boost for all to enjoy.

Sweet and Salty No-Bake Clusters webRecipe | Sweet and Salty No-Bake Clusters


·      1 cup sugar
·      2 tablespoons cocoa
·      1/4 cup butter
·      1/4 cup milk
·      1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter
·      1 teaspoon vanilla
·      1 1/2 cup Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain Honey Crunch cereal
·      1 cup pretzels
·      1/2 cup peanuts

In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla, peanuts, pretzels and cereal.
On a baking sheet coated with waxed paper, drop mixture by 2 Tablespoon scoops. Place sheet in the refrigerator until the clusters are cooled and hardened. When ready, gently pull clusters off of the waxed paper. Store clusters in the refrigerator.

So no matter where you are headed this holiday weekend, remember some of the best memories will be created during the journey.