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Quick Recipes for Snacks on the Go
With life's busy schedule it's so tempting to grab and eat food from a fast food drive through. It may seem like the easy fix to a growling stomach, however it's not always the healthiest or best decision. As a family we always traveled, whether it was for sports, family events, or vacations we always had snacks in the car to avoid those trips through the drive through and the whining of us kids.
With a few of theses quick recipes you can create healthy, easy, and fast snacks for on the go anytime. Whether you're an adult or are looking to find your children healthy alternatives these snacks are the perfect on the go fix.
Trail Mix Recipes
Trail mix is a family favorite at my house, and with so many options the mixes are endless. Whether sweet and salty or healthy and crunchy these are just some of the options for your family. These two are my favorite, not only are they easy to make (non-bake, just toss and go) but they are easy to prepare ahead of time and store until needed.
Sweet and Salty:
2 cups Pretzel sticks
2 cups Goldfish snack crackers
2 cups Miniature marshmallows
1 cups M&M's
1/1/2 cups Assorted nuts
1 cup Raisins
Healthy and Crunchy:
2 cups Cheerios
2 cups Life cereal (Cinnamon or Original)
2 cups Banana chips
2 cups Dried blueberries (assorted fruit or your favorite)
2 cups Shelled sunflower seeds (or pumpkin)
2 cups Unsalted peanuts
These recipes are by no means all inclusive. The fun in these recipes is the ability to easily shake up and change the amounts of each ingredient.
Poor Man's Cookie: Graham Cracker Sandwich Cookies
These no-bake "cookies" will be a hit with any child. My dad taught us how to make these at a very young age and we still enjoy them today. With the high costs of snacks it's nice to be able to make these for a low price.
I would recommend letting these cookies get soft before eating. When they are crunchy they are not nearly as good. The cookies tend to break apart when eaten, before they've had a chance to soften up.
1 box any flavor Graham Crackers (I prefer cinnamon)
1 container of your favorite frosting (or you can always make your own)
Break graham crackers in half and with cinnamon side up (if using that flavor) spread frosting on both sides of the cracker. Putting the cinnamon side down, will make the cinnamon fall off and get over everything.
Put both halves together and now you have a poor man's cookie.
Homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
1/2 cup Butter, softened (room temperature, not melted)
4/1/2 cups Confectioner's sugar
1/1/2Tsp. Vanilla extract
5 to 6Tsp. 2% Milk
In a large bowl cream butter until light and fluffy
Beat in sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to desired consistency.
Yields: about 3 cups
Fruit Sundae Bowls
For those extra long trips when you're bringing a cooler kids will love these fruit sundae bowls. Refreshing and healthy these bowls are sure to please. May not be the best snack for hot summer road trips, unless equipped with a good cooler and ice packs.
1 box Keebler waffle bowls (10 bowls)
3-4 cups Fruit such as diced apples, cantaloupe, and bananas, seedless grapes, raspberries, halved strawberries, or blueberries
Yogurt (if desired)
Toss fruit together in a bowl and serve into individual yogurt filled waffle bowls.
Wrap bowls in saran wrap or tin foil and leave in cooler until ready to eat.
When using fruits such as apples and bananas it's always a good idea to coat them in a little lemon juice before storing to keep them from getting brown.
Whether you are looking for something healthy, sweet, hearty, or salty these treats are sure to please young and old alike. The dreaded "I'm hungry!" from the backseat does not need to break our pocketbooks. These healthy and cheap snacks are a great fix for the mid-day hunger, road trips, hikes, and picnics. You can enjoy the trip knowing your kids are healthy, happy, and hunger-free in the backseat.