10 Kid-Friendly Snacks for Your Next Road Trip

Make those long car rides run even smoother with these kid-proof snack ideas.

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Summer road trips are fun, but they can also be chaotic and messy with little ones in tow. Make your road trip a breeze with our snack ideas, so you can get the most out of all the spots you explore.

Ice-Cube Food Tray

Ice Cube Tray Food Holder

Ice Cube Tray Food Holder

An ice cube tray makes a mess-free food holder for toddlers and small children.

Fill an ice cube tray with small snack foods like pretzels, berries, crackers and cheese cubes to keep all your kid's favorite foods in one spot. Well, mostly.

Mini Bagel Pizzas

Healthy Snack for Kids: Mini Personal Bagel Pizzas

Healthy Snack for Kids: Mini Personal Bagel Pizzas

Skip the frozen bagel pizza bites and let your children customize their own mini pizzas using healthier ingredients. Set up a pizza bar with mini whole wheat bagel halves, marinara sauce and toppings like chopped vegetables, ground beef, diced ham, pepperoni, shredded mozzarella cheese and feta cheese crumbles. Once your child creates his own personal pizza snack, bake for around 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Photo by: Jacob Blount; Styling By: Callie Blount

Jacob Blount; Styling By: Callie Blount

Pizza isn't easy to eat in the car, but sometimes that's all your tastebuds want. For an easier way to eat it, top a toasted bagel with your favorite toppings.

Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast: Super Easy Breakfast Cookie

Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast: Super Easy Breakfast Cookie

Cookies for breakfast? Indeed! There’s nothing easier or more exciting for little ones than a nutritious (and equally tasty) cookie for breakfast in the morning. This quick stir-together-and-bake cookie gives you everything you want in a breakfast without the extra sugar and junk you don’t. Get the recipe >>

Photo by: Gretchen Brown, RD

Gretchen Brown, RD

Are you getting a super early start on your road trip? Make these breakfast cookies the night before, so you can grab and go as soon as you wake up.

Sushi Sandwich

Healthy Snack for Kids: Chicken Salad Sushi

Healthy Snack for Kids: Chicken Salad Sushi

No special equipment or ingredients required to make these fun chicken salad sushi roll ups at home. Simply press out a piece of soft white bread (or let the kids smash it with their hands) on a large Swiss chard leaf, then top the bread with chicken salad, cucumber sticks and carrot sticks. Roll the “sushi” and slice into 1-inch pieces. These little sushi rolls are adorable for snack time, a picnic or packed in a lunchbox.

Photo by: Jacob Blount; Styling By: Callie Blount

Jacob Blount; Styling By: Callie Blount

Eating a sandwich can get messy real quick, so make a bite-sized version. Simply press out a piece of soft, white bread (or let the kids smash it with their hands) on a large Swiss chard leaf, then top with chicken salad, cucumber sticks and carrot sticks. Roll the “sushi” and slice into 1-inch pieces.

Dried Fruit

Easy Dried Fruit Snacks

Easy Dried Fruit Snacks

Dried fruits, which are high in fiber, vitamins and complex carbohydrates, make an excellent snack food. They can either be air-dried or left in a conventional oven to dry out. Dry orange slices in the same way to use as holiday decorations.

Going on a road trip doesn't have to mean being unhealthy (save that for when you get to your destination!). Dried fruit snacks oftentimes have added refined sugar, so make your own instead.

Sausage Pancake Muffins

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Your kids can still have their favorite breakfast even if you're on the road. These are so good, you'll want one (or two) muffins for yourself.

Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws For Cold-Weather Entertaining

Cheese Straws For Cold-Weather Entertaining

No fall or winter party is complete without the classic cheese straw. A savory combination of butter and cheese gets an added kick from cayenne pepper, making them a crowd-pleasing appetizer or hearty snack.

With more protein than French fries, your kids will stay full longer. Plus, they're fun to eat!

Make This: Cheese Straws

Dressed Potato Chips

Easy and Mobile

Easy and Mobile

In addition to keeping the seasonings and topping contained, strawberry baskets make it easy for guests to walk around while continuing to eat.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Top regular or kettle potato chips with cheese and spices, and place in disposable berry baskets for an easy way to eat and control portions.

Water Bottle Snack Holder

Camping Hacks

Camping Hacks

Keep snack bags to a minimum by filling water bottles with candies and crackers. You can place the bottles in your car's cup holders for easy access.

Veggie Nuggets

Easy, Healthy Dinner: Veggie Nuggets

Easy, Healthy Dinner: Veggie Nuggets

Need help getting your kids to eat vegetables? Try making these easy veggie nuggets that highlight things that kids love: nuggets, dipping and finger food. They can be served as a snack, as a meal or even tucked into lunch boxes. Get the recipe >>

Photo by: Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD

Sneak some vegetables into your kid's diet even while on the road. These nuggets are made with carrots and broccoli, and they taste great warm or cold.

Make This: Veggie Nuggets

Dressed-Up Popcorn

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Recipe

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Recipe

If Santa left a sleigh full of candy canes at your house this year, and you're wondering what to do with them all, here is an easy peppermint flavored recipe that is guaranteed to please!

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

You could bring along microwaved or bagged popcorn, or take it up a notch with homemade white chocolate peppermint popcorn. It'll be hard to resist the sweet, refreshing mint flavor.

8 Recipes to Make in a Muffin Tin

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One Muffin Tin, 8 Delicious Brunch Recipes

Have a basic muffin tin? You can make so much more than breakfast breads — the muffin tin makes it super-easy to dish up single-serving brunch items perfect for a crowd. Here are 8 fun new ways to use yours.

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French Toast for All

French toast is a crowd favorite, and it's also practical for hosts, since it transforms stale bread, milk, eggs and other kitchen staples into something delicious. Bonus: This version is bite-sized and finished with cinnamon crumb topping. Yum! 

Make This: Crumble-Topped French Toast Bites

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Latke Cups You'll Love

Using pre-made hash browns from the freezer section of the supermarket makes this recipe easy to whip up with just a few minutes of prep time. (Bonus: You'll look like a total brunch pro.) 

Make This: Hash Brown Cups With Smoked Salmon

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Huevos Rancheros

Baking instead of frying this classic Tex-Mex dish makes it easy to kick back with a cocktail instead of hovering over the stove. Brunch win! 

Make This: Muffin-Tin Huevos Rancheros 

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Bite-Sized Southern Goodness

Using a muffin tin to make these shrimp and grits bites means they're pre-portioned and ready for guests. Make ahead and serve at room temperature, or heat in a low oven just before the party. 

Make This: Cheddar Polenta Cups With Shrimp

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Sausage-Stuffed Pancakes

You'll need more than a short stack of these delicious sausage-filled pancakes.

Make This: Sausage-Stuffed Pancakes 

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Mix-and-Match Frittatas

Serve up some individuality with this easy frittata idea. Provide plenty of add-ins so guests can customize their own mini frittata. This is a great clean-out-the-fridge party idea, too: Have leftover olives and feta from your last cheese plate or roasted cauliflower from last night's dinner? Add them to the toppings bar. 

Make This: DIY Frittata Bar 

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Upgrade Your Oatmeal

Forget everything you think you know about basic oatmeal. Here's how to upgrade this super-affordable, weekday breakfast staple for weekend brunch. 

Make This: Banana-Hazelnut Baked Oatmeal

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Have a Mini Pizza Party

Everyone loves pizza for breakfast, but you probably shouldn't serve party guests a cold slice from last night's delivery. Instead, use a muffin tin to make bite-sized breakfast pizzas that can be customized to guests' tastes and dietary needs. 

Make This: Deep-Dish Breakfast Pizza

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Bite-Sized Brunch

Yeah, that muffin tin has definitely earned its keep in your kitchen. 

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