This post is sponsored by Sargento
Mazen and I are road trippin’ this morning, and I have a car packed full of entertainment. I have his kid song CDs, his tablet loaded with some Peppa Pig shows, a coloring doodle pad, some trucks, lots of books, a few new surprise trinket toys and lots and lots of snacks. What is it about road trips that makes you hungry!? Boredom I suppose!
So if we’re inevitably going to be munching our way to the beach, then we better have healthy snacks packed. Here’s what’s in our cooler! We probably won’t eat all of these, but it’s best to over pack.
Sargento Balanced Breaks. These new little bundles of cheese, nuts and dried fruit are what inspired this post idea. Sargento recently sent me a few, and you can find them in grocery stores in packs of 3. They come in an assortment of flavors and are perfectly portioned to be 7 grams of protein and 170-190 calories. The perfect balance of great taste and nutrition!
I love the variety of flavors within the container – bite of cheese, a nut, a piece of fruit, repeat!
Natural White Cheddar Cheese, sea-salted almonds and dried cranberries
Natural Sharp Cheddar Cheese, sea-salted cashews and cherry-infused cranberries
Natural Pepper Jack Cheese, honey roasted peanuts and raisins
Natural Sharp White Cheddar Cheese, sea-salted cashews and golden raisin medley
Fresh fruit. An easy one because it comes in its own single serving. I only pack fruit that isn’t too messy to eat (so oranges are out). Apples, bananas, and grapes are the easiest!
Veggie pouches. These are for you-know-who. I can’t stand the smell of them, but he looooves them and sucks ’em down! I only buy pouches that are 100% veggie based.
Cheddar crackers. A favorite dry snack for the toddler and mom alike.
Granola bars. A variety of textures and flavors since you never know what kind you might be in the mood for!
Dried fruit. A few pineapple rings can keep one entertained for a while.
Crunchy chickpeas. I discovered these on a grocery store snack run in Towson and they are a great high protein option!
And if you forget to pack enough snacks, a grocery store is always the healthiest food stop off the highway. Look for single serving things like:
Sargento’s Balanced Breaks (obviously : ) )
Salad bars for baby carrots or cut-up peppers
Whole food granola bars
To-go hummus packs
Bulk bins with trail mix
And of course, a little dark chocolate is always a wise addition to any car trip cooler : )
Thanks to Sargento for sponsoring this post!