|Ants on a log borrowed from the craftycrow.net|
School’s out or you have little ones or you homeschool or you are going on vacation, no matter the scenario when you have kids you are running around with them in the car. The inevitable happens, “I’m hungry.” “I’m thirsty.” What is your first instinct? Pull into the drive through stop at a convenience store?
Been there, done that in the past myself and from time to time it doesn’t hurt to go grab an Icee or if you are lucky a Slurpie especially in the heat of the summer. But on a regular basis not only does it get expensive it isn’t healthy. What’s a parent to do? It is hard to concentrate or get anything done once the hungry or thirsty or worse yet hungry and thirsty mantra starts coming out of the back seat. That lovely child you gave birth to turns into something evil when it gets this way. Our solution is to pack a lunch box for short trips and a cooler for longer ones.
But I drive a small car! There is always room to put a small cooler, you don’t have to get a huge one unless you have an army to feed or teenagers. If you have an army of teenagers you will more than likely have a large vehicle and fit in a large cooler.
I like to stock mine, thankful now for the Big Blue Beast, with snacks and drinks the kids have picked out. Some of the things we carry along with us are:
- Bottle water
- 100% no sugar added juice boxes
- Iced Tea
- Cheese chunks
- Fruits such as apples (whole or cut up), raisins, bananas, oranges, berries, grapes
- Veggie sticks or even just plain old baby carrots and even lettuce and spinach
- If we have had a whole roast, chicken or turkey breast I will slice these up like sandwich meat
- Granola bars
- Trail mix
- Homemade chips
- Peanut butter
Ants on a Log
- Peanut butter
- Cut celery stalks into 2 inch sections
- Fill with peanut butter
- Place raisins on top of the peanut butter