Heading on a family road trip? Read this article first for four easy to pack, kid approved snack ideas!
Our family is heading to the cottage this long-weekend and I’m packing snacks, snacks and more snacks because there’s something about a road trip that makes everyone hungry, even if you’ve just finished a meal at home!
And over the years my kids have become conditioned to expect a sweet snack at the halfway point because it gives them something to look forward to and helps break up the trip. However, I look for 'healthier' sweet snacks like Surf Sweets Organic Candies because they're sweetened with organic natural sweeteners and fruit juice and made without synthetic colors, and flavors. They also come in adorable shapes like bears and worms so the kids have a lot of fun eating them!
Because Surf Sweets has become such a big part of our family road trips, I've partnered with them to create four easy and fun travel snack ideas your kids (and you) will love! Each snack includes a balance of whole foods including eggs, cheese, fresh fruit, veggies and of course... a touch of Surf Sweets.
Enjoy and happy snack packing & road tripping this friends!
easy to pack Snack #1 - Boiled Eggs
Boiled eggs are one of my favourite protein rich snacks to pack because they travel well and kids can eat them with their hands. And if you don't have time to boil them at home you can buy them prepared at most grocery stores and select road stop stations.
I suggest serving boiled eggs with crackers, an assortment of fresh fruit & veggies and Surf Sweets Organic Fruity Bears. Organic Fruity Bears are made with organic fruit juice and organic cane sugar. They are also free from artificial colors, flavors, high fructose corn syrup and are also free of the Top 10 most common food allergens.
Easy to pack snack #2 ~ Hummus
Hummus is an easy, healthy snack to pack especially now that it's sold in small to-go containers with crackers. Because these to-go hummus snacks are sold at most grocery stores and road stop stations they're a great snack to pick up along your travels.
Try to pair it with veggies sticks, a piece of fresh fruit and keep an eye out for Surf Sweet Organic Jelly Beans because they're drenched with fruit flavor, and made with organic cane sugar and organic fruit juice.
Easy to pack snack #3 ~ Meat & cheese
Here's a snack box that includes a little bit of everything. Fresh blueberries, carrot sticks, bell peppers, cheddar cheese, crackers and yummy Surf Sweets watermelon organic rings.
This snack box is super easy to customize with you kids favourite cheese or meat (sometimes i sub kielbasa for rolled turkey slices or strips of chicken breast) and it's a great snack for mom & dad too so make sure you pack extras!
Surf Sweets Organic Watermelon Rings are lightly sugared and made with organic sweeteners and organic fruit juice. They're made without corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors.
easy to pack snack #4 ~ 1/2 sandwich
Sandwiches are a great snack to pack and the variety of sandwiches you can make are endless! Here I've packed a turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce and mayo but my kids always love the classic pb&j sandwich or even a cream cheese & cucumber sandwich.
I've paired the sandwich with fresh berries, carrot stars (I made these with a super small metal cookie cutter), cucumber slices and a few Surf Sweets Gummy worms for a sweet and fun treat!
Surf Sweets eliminated the artificial flavors and colors found in most gummy candies and made their Gummy Worms allergy-free and with organic fruit juice and organic sweeteners.
Chocolate chips are a big deal in our house 🏠 I pack them in the kids lunchboxes 🍱 as a special treat and add them into basically every baked good I make 👩🍳 including these delicious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 🍪
These cookies are healthier 🌱 and easier 👏 to make than the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe because they’re made in one bowl 🥣 and naturally sweetened 🍯 with maple syrup. Well, the chocolate chips sweeten them too of course!
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup chocolate chips
6 tablespoons tahini
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 1 baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix all ingredients until just combined.
Using a medium cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons) scoop the cookie dough portions onto prepared baking sheet at least 1 inch apart. The dough will be more crumbly than sticky but don't worry because it will bind together once baked. If your batter is very dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of water.
Bake 10-11 minutes or just until the bottoms are golden brown.
Note: You can sub the tahini for any nut/seed butter. I only use it because you can't taste it in this recipe and its a safe-for-school spread.
I’m Jenny. I live in Toronto, Canada with my husband Andrew, children Abigail & Brookson, & dog Ellie.