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Logging long miles in the car may have your kids asking for snacks to ease the boredom. Anticipate this, and be prepared. Wesley Delbridge, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, suggests collaborating with your kids on a list of boredom-busting activities including games, music, videos, coloring books and more. Before turning the ignition key, review the day’s schedule. Explain when and where you’ll eat. Make a strong effort to stick to your normal eating schedule, says Delbridge.

Pack some of these travel-friendly foods. Keep perishable items in a cooler with ice, so no one gets sick. If your child is at risk for choking, enjoy your food at a rest stop.

  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Cheese sticks
  • Cottage cheese
  • Sliced bell peppers, cucumbers or other easy-to-eat veggies
  • Applesauce
  • Dried and fresh fruit
  • Popcorn
  • Trail mix
  • Peanut butter sandwiches
  • Whole-grain crackers
  • Low-fat milk boxes
  • 100-percent fruit or vegetable juice
  • Water

Don’t forget portable silverware and plenty of paper towels and wipes.

Enjoying a combination of restaurant meals and packed food saves money while providing good nutrition, says Sarah Krieger, MPH, RDN, spokesperson for the Academy. Be clear about the rules before entering the restaurant, she says. Water and milk are good beverage choices, and even restaurant meals should include fruits and vegetables. If the restaurant doesn’t offer good options, fill in with the supply in your cooler.

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