Feeding Kids On Car Trips
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009 | Comments: 2
This holiday season many of us will be on the road with our kids, traveling to spend time with our extended families. Keeping snacks and meals nutritious along the way can be challenging when the interstate is peppered with nothing but junk food chain restaurants. Taking a little time beforehand can result in healthier meals and more fun for your kids. The key to doing this right is to make the meals and snacks a little more interesting than the everyday packed lunch – after all you will be competing with McDonald’s to get your child’s attention! Here are a few ways that I have piqued my kids’ interest when serving meals during long road trips.
A foil muffin pan with four sections holds apple slices, trail mix, a small turkey sandwich – made from cocktail rye bread – and a cup of water. This pan makes a perfect compartmentalized tray for small laps.
To keep things in their place during your trip, cover the top of the muffin pan with Glad Press 'n Seal sealing wrap. Make it your own happy meal and add a small toy to one of the sections.
Is it a dessert or a game? Alphabet cookies can keep kids occupied for a bit
Select a handful of alphabet cookies (make sure you add plenty of vowels), place in a sandwich bag and attach instructions for a spelling challenge.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made with soft white bread and cut into circles (with the help of an upside down glass) are a break from the ordinary. I place them in extra large muffin papers and tuck a folded napkin alongside. Then they all go into a tupperware container to prevent crushing.
I can hand out sandwiches from the front seat in one move – and the kids can dig in right away.