Who doesn’t like a healthy, mouth-popping crunch? Some of my favorites are dry roasted, salted almonds, roasted chickpeas with sea salt, or wasabi peas (for kids who can tolerate a little heat). Dried kale chips also have a great crunch factor. You can find them in most supermarkets or make your own—just roast pre-washed kale leaves with olive oil and sea salt. All of these crunchy munchies are non-perishable and can be easily stored in a small baggie or plastic or glass storage container. (Here are more healthy snacks for kids or adults!)
Cheese sticks are healthy, easy to pack, and universally beloved by the carseat set. You can buy them pre-packged or make your own to save money: Just buy a block of your kids’ favorite cheese, cut it into cheese-stick sized strips and wrap them in waxed paper. If your road trip is extra long, stash them in a bag with an ice pack. Don’t forget some whole grain crackers on the side.
When I was a kid, the only snack we ever got was a little snack baggie filled with peanuts and raisins or other dried fruit. And it makes sense. The protein-packed snack is non-perishable, simple to assemble, and delivers a solid energy boost when needed. If allergies are a concern, use sunflower seeds or soy nuts in lieu of peanuts. For the reluctant eater, try throwing in just a few mini chocolate chips to help them turn the trail mix corner. Here’s how to turn nuts and other superfoods into nutrition-packed snacks your family will flip for.