The hustle and bustle of summertime travel can be chaotic, with families often placing healthy eating practices on the back burner. Whether it’s a day trip to enjoy a regional destination, or an extended vacation, it’s important to maintain a healthy eating regimen when hitting the road.
If your family is still on-the-go this summer, Florida Dairy Farmers offers some tips for you to hit the road with healthy snack-packing.
Pack the snacks first. Since eating on the go can result in varying meal schedules and sometimes erratic eating habits, preparing and packing healthy snacks in advance is recommended. Having healthy foods like carrots, celery and yogurt cut down on the urge to opt for less healthy choices commonly found at fast food restaurants and convenience stores like burgers, chips, sugary deserts and sodas.
Keep it cool. Load the cooler up with healthy foods that need to be refrigerated such as cheese, low-fat yogurt and milk. Families will eat what you pack, so why not give them some healthy choices.
Fruit it. Make fruit – whether fresh or dried – a part of your family’s travel menu. They are not only healthy, they can also hold up well over several days, if needed. Consider fresh fruits like apples and oranges, and dried fruits like raisins, cranberries and plums. Combining dried fruit in a baggie with pretzels and whole-grain cereal also makes a nutrient-rich trail mix.
Hydrate the healthy way. Proper hydration is always essential – traveling or not – and knowing which beverages to drink is key. Low-fat and flavored milk, water and 100 percent fruit juice are excellent choices for both children and adults. All milk – flavored or white – provides nine essential nutrients that help maintain a healthy diet.
Try simple, healthy recipes for something different. If you’re getting tired of burgers and chips, try a little something different for lunch or just as a snack. From a spicy sweet potato dip to veggie wraps with yogurt dip, Florida Dairy Farmers offers a variety of nutritious recipes. Go to http://www.floridamilk.com/health-nutrition/recipe-page/.
For more information about Florida Dairy Farmers or to learn additional healthy snack ideas for your next trip, visit http://www.floridamilk.com.
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About Florida Dairy Farmers
Florida Dairy Farmers is Florida’s milk promotion group, working to educate people on the dairy farming industry and the nutrient-rich foods it provides. FDF represents more than 130 dairy farming families throughout the state. For more information, call 407-647-8899 or visit http://www.floridamilk.com.