fruitWhether you're bringing your family to the slopes to get in some quality time and skiing or heading off to visit family, winter travel can call for even more hours in the car than a road trip any other time of the year. That's why you've gotta be prepared ... with various diversions from games to music to the family iPad and, of course, snacks.

But even the most prepared parents find themselves ocassionally hunting down a healthy treat in a highway gas station, rest stop, or convenience store. Not an easy task. But have no fear. A few ideas here ...

  1. Nuts - As long as the kiddos don't have allergies, packs of peanuts or almonds are always a good bet for the protein and monounsaturated "good fat" they pack!
  2. Whole grain cereal cups - Convenience stores often carry these in the cereal display. Mix with some low-fat yogurt and presto -- healthy snack!
  3. Low-fat yogurt - Many brands offer one-quarter of your daily calcium and as much protein as you’d get from a large egg in one serving.
  4. Veggie juice - Okay, it may not be kids' fave, but if there's a way to get 'em into it -- maybe by buying one of the kinds that is hidden in a fruit flavor? -- you can sneak some greens in!
  5. Veggie snack packs - From time to time, the refrigerated section will offer little pre-packed bags of baby carrots or carrots and celery. Maybe even with a little side of ranch. Sweet!
  6. Part-skim string cheese - Pair this protein-packed snack with high-fiber, whole grain crackers for a satisfying pick-me-up.
  7. Baked chips - Not the best pick, but beats the fried version in the calorie column. One to try: Pop Chips.
  8. Hummus and pretzels - These relatively healthy duo snack packs are pretty easy to find these days.
  9. Banana or apple - Some convenience stores are making it a habit to carry fresh fruit. Can't beat that!

What are some healthy choices you pick for your family while on the road?

 

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