Road-tripping with a talking toddler for the first time, I was shocked when I heard from the backseat, “Are we there yet?” Is that built in?
But even worse – the apple slice tornado – my son throwing apple slices all over the car saying “I don’t like these!”
He does like apple slices, but on the fourth day of vacation and the fourth day of the kids’ meal healthy option – he was over it.
“I want a Frosty!”
I looked at the Frosty Jr. I had ordered him and told him he needed to eat an apple slice. He took a small bite, and once again explained, “I don’t like this.” I looked at the melting frosty and urgently told him he needed to eat it before getting the Frosty, and he better hurry because it was melting. About an hour later he finished the apple slice and I handed back the now melted ice cream (does that count as chocolate milk – maybe a little healthier?).
You can log his final lunch on our trip as – four chicken nuggets, an apple slice and chocolate milk (ah, okay – ice cream).
Just when I was feeling like mom of the year – I got this text from the friend I had been vacationing with who was also road tripping, “My daughter’s dinner was goldfish, an apple and graham crackers.”
I’m not alone – it’s just hard to feed our children healthy on-the-go.
I looked up this list of healthy on-the-go snacks put together by a registered dietitian – so when you hit the road you don’t have to join me by also feeding your child ice cream for lunch.
- whole grain cereal cups
- energy bars
- peanuts in the shell (we can’t do these, but sunflower seeds are a good alternative for older children)
- low-fat yogurt
- V8 juice
What’s your secret to staying healthy on the road? Do you have a favorite road-tripping snack?