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You’re driving along, enjoying the scenery passing you by or, more realistically, sitting in traffic on your way to the beach, when you heard the words most dreaded by seasoned road trippers, “Are we there yet?!”
Extra bathroom and snack breaks make a long trip even longer, so how do you keep everyone in the car happy? Snacks. And lots of them.
Keep a variety of snacks – sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy – in your arsenal to avoid hangry passengers. Fruits and vegetables are a great way to start; carrot sticks, apple slices and zip-top bags full of berries are fantastic mess-free snacks. But if that doesn’t quell the crankiness? We’ve got some make-and-take snacks that will rock your summer road trips.
Ranch-Flavored Crispy Cereal Snack Mix (above)
This is not your average snack mix. Homemade ranch seasoning and fresh herbs boost the flavor levels on this crunchy, addictive snack.
Can you make it off your block before a little voice in the backseat proclaims “I’m starvingggg” or begs “Are we there yet?” If not, it’s a good idea to be prepared for hours-long road trips with plenty of snacks, drinks and eats to avoid stopping at every questionable road-side convenience store along interstate. While royal-blue gas station slushies and their pre-packaged, deep-fried side dishes are sweet and unquestionably delicious, homemade snacks are worlds healthier and cheaper. As you squeeze in that last summer trip and prepare for the Labor Day weekend, use our recipes below to make go-to snacks everyone in the car will enjoy.
There’s no denying that potato chips are a classic road-trip pick; they’re easy to eat, pleasing to everyone’s taste buds and available at every rest stop. However, they’re often laden with fat and covered in sodium. Our Curry Potato Chips (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine are baked, not fried, and dusted with warm curry powder. Pack these in plastic baggies to easily dole them out to the back seat crew.
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