Road trip food for a fatter bank account and healthier kids!

Eating on the Move

by Leanne Ely CNC

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It never fails that you finally get everyone in the car and someone is hungry. Then again maybe you're going to be out all day and don't want to spend a fortune on fast food, even the healthy choices. And maybe you're going on a road trip and are wondering just how to stay out of the fast food lane.

Whatever the reason for eating on the run, if you plan road trip food the way you would your family's menu, you and the kids can be eating healthy even if you've got some long road trips.

If you know that a lot of time in the car is a given, why not keep homemade granola bars, fruit, dried fruit and nuts in your purse or a stash of this stuff in a bag you always take with you in the car. It'll be like the diaper bag, but this one will be fully loaded with snacks. Buy some zippered baggies and fill them with a portion of dried fruits, whole grain cereals, nuts, and homemade granola mix.

No one says you have to eat lunch in a restaurant if you're on the road. Just get out your cooler! Create wrap sandwiches using a whole grain tortilla, layering sandwich items like lettuce, meat, and tomatoes and roll 'er up! Wrap inside of aluminum foil or plastic wrap, leaving the top easy to open, creating a pocket of sorts. Let kids make their own wraps using peanut or almond butter and jelly. They can spread it themselves and wrap them up. You might need to help them put it in the foil or plastic wrap. Either way, the accomplishment of making it will help them feel good about themselves!

To make sure that you always have cold drinks each night before being on the road, place water bottles and/or juice bottles in the freezer. Remove them before leaving. They will begin to melt and offer you a cold drink for the long hours ahead as it begins to thaw.

With just a little planning and preparation of road trip food, you can avoid fast food and restaurants even with a busy schedule or extensive road trip, with the payoff being a fatter bank account and healthier kids!

Leanne Ely is a New York Times best selling author of Body Clutter and the popular Saving Dinner cookbook series. According to Woman's Day Magazine, she is the expert on family cooking.

Leanne's syndicated newspaper column, The Dinner Diva can be found in 250 newspapers nationwide and in Canada. Her vast broadcast experience includes media satellite tours, QVC several times as well as guesting on several national television shows, including HGTV's Simple Solutions, ABC Family's Living the Life, Ivanhoe's Smart Woman, Small Talk for Parents and Talk of the Town. She has guest chef-ed on the cooking show, Carolina Cooks and has taught cooking classes all over the country for Bloomingdale's.

In addition, she is a seasoned radio personality. Leanne's own radio show, Heart of A Woman aired during drive time in two major California markets, Los Angeles and San Diego. Her current show, The Dinner Diva is one of the top Blog Talk Radio shows on the Internet.

On the Internet, she pens the Food for Thought column for the immensely popular,, with over half a million readers weekly. She has been featured in Woman's Day magazine, the Chicago Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, Orange County Register - to name a few. Additionally, she is a sought after speaker and has spoken all over the country, with keynote addresses to corporate and non-profit entities. Visit Leanne Ely on Google+.

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