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LilSugar’s Healthy & Packable Lunches that Make Long Road Trips Fun

7339851448:Yahoo:photoWe’re excited to bring you another great article from LilSugar, a fantastic source for mamas who want advice and news about everything from packing healthy lunches to mastering the art of stroller chic. This week, we’re featuring their best lunches for road trips.

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There’s nothing worse than a whining, hungry kid stuck in the car. But with the right preparation, your next road trip can be whine-free thanks to some cleverly packed snacks. Stocking the car with small goodies is a wonderful way to keep kids busy when there are miles of open road still ahead. As an added bonus, some of these treats even help prevent car sickness!

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Snack Muffins
Perfect for breakfast on the go or an afternoon treat, snack muffins make handy road trip eats. Stirring in fresh fruits keeps things healthy and offers a bit of sweetness. Prepurchase muffins before your road trip and pack in small wrapped boxes for a real treat. Or make your own! This recipe from YumSugar for blueberry corn muffins is sure to be a road trip hit.

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Fruit Rolls
Fruit rolls are so fun and take up hardly any room in your snack bag. Your kids will savor every bite while unwinding these fun treats. Pick up your favorite brand at the grocery store or try making your own. This recipe from Against All Grain is easier than you think – and rolls the fun out by the foot!

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Frozen Grapes
Your kids will love this twist on the basic grape. Wash and dry grapes and then remove from stem. Place handfuls in small zip-top plastic bags and pop into the freezer the night before your road trip. Use for keeping things chilled in your cooler – as well as offering as a frozen snack! Remember to cut grapes in half to keep things safe for smaller tots.

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Granola Bars
Granola bars are full of healthy oats, which keep little tummies full. Make things super sweet with the addition of chocolate chips. Pick your family’s favorite flavor of granola bar at the grocery store or make your own with this quick and easy recipe from YumSugar.

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Dried Fruits

Dried fruits divided and doled out in small baggies are a sweet road trip treat. Most grocery stores carry different kinds of dehydrated fruits, but you can also try making your own. Get the kids in the kitchen and make a batch of baked apple chips a couple of days before your trip. Make an edible necklace by stringing on a length of string for an exciting road trip snack.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Crescent Rolls
Hand the kiddies a sandwich that won’t make a mess in the backseat with this tasty twist on the regular PB&J. With only a few ingredients needed, this recipe from Alli ‘N Sons will be a big lunchtime hit on your next long road trip!

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Candied Ginger
With a sweet and spicy flavor, candied ginger is a flavorful treat that also chases away car sickness. Pick some up at the store or make your own. Not excited about candied ginger? Whip up a batch of homemade ginger ale to take along as a bubbly sweet drink.

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Snack Mix
No road trip would be complete without a tasty snack mix! Purchase your favorite mix at the store and package in small take-out containers. Or get your child in the kitchen and toss together homemade Cracker Jacks.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies
Finish a long day of travel with a few chocolate chip cookies! Either bake a batch with your child before your road trip or head to your local bakery for a few of your favorites to tuck away for the end of a long driving day treat.

What are your go-to snacks for traveling with your little ones?

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  • Catherine Ferrara

    I totally agree. I do the same thing on our long trips. Even short ones because for some reason as soon as my kids get the car they say they are hungry and ask if i have a snack for them to munch on. You have asesome ideas Tori and it feels gr8 knowing that we are the same page when it comes to snacks for our kids (healthy ones that is). Love you Tori. Looking fwd to seeing more tips from you.

  • Emily Beebe

    Yum!! Can’t wait to try homemade fruit-by-the-foot! How fun ;) I pack goldfish, dry cereal, things that will satisfy hunger AND my kid’s tendancies towards car sickness.

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  • Ashley Taylor

    What GREAT suggestions! I cannot wait to try some of these! They will definitely make my girls happy!

    http://www.thedoseofreality.com/2012/08/08/your-childs-yes-day/

  • Stephanie Gorg

    I love making the oven dried apples, they are incredible and seem to have a better flavor than what the packaged varieties have. Here is a website which offers a different twist on the oven dried apple and allows for fun colors to be added in a somewhat healthy way.

    P.S. Their website is filled with rediculously yummy and kid-friendly-mommy-approved recipes. Of all the recipes I have made from our best bites, there isn’t one I haven’t liked yet!

    http://www.ourbestbites.com/2012/07/oven-dried-apple-chips-two-ways/

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    wow! what a great idea! I’ll have to pass this along to my soon to pop sister in law!

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