Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Road Trip #1: Car Snacks

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Happy Monday everyone! I'm so excited to be blogging from my hometown in Washington following a 13 hour drive Saturday with our Dirty Half Dozen.

And thanks to a little planning, the trip was actually ... awesome.  The kids did great, we made good time and even managed to save enough money on travel snacks to be able to afford gas for the trip home--ha!

So this week I'll be sharing some THRIVE friendly tips for surviving those summer road trips without breaking the bank or loosing your mind.  And as always, you should be able to pull together these easy snack ideas without a run to the store

Today's feature: 3 easy snacks for the road or camp ground.


1) Empty peanut butter jar + celery sicks


Finally a way to have p.b. and celery without the mess. Fill an empty jar with an inch or two of peanut butter and then fill with celery sticks. Kids get a yummy snack without sticky fingers and the car stays free of kid schmeer. 

2) Empty sour cream container + empty baby food jar


A quick way to pull off carrots and dressing without the dragging the jar along or buying those expensive to-go dressing singles.

3) Empty 32 oz. yogurt container + single serving yoplait
Easy peasy fruit slices and dip. So yummy straight from the cooler at a camp site or rest stop.

Delish.

So there you go--easy straight-from-the-recycling-bin solutions for eating well on the road.

I'll be back on Wednesday with some great ideas for keeping the kids entertained.

~ Nike


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87 comments:

  1. What great ideas!!! I am sure to use these with my grandchildren! Thank you for sharing and enjoy your time at 'home.'

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  2. Oh my! This could work even if you were just at home. What a great way to have snacks ready all the time. Since I found your blog I have been saving all the jars and cans I get because I never want to miss a chance to THRIVE! Thank you.

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  3. Brilliant Nike!! I love these ideas. And they are so healthy. I'm very impressed.

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  4. More "why didn't I think of that?" ideas! Thanks so much!

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  5. Those are awesome ideas. My kids love anything with dips, but I'm always hesitant to pack them in the car ~ your solution is fantastic.

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  6. Great idea for putting together to-go snacks. I was driving home from errands just today and thinking I need to get on top of that (as my 4-year-old was reminding me every five seconds "My tummy is telling me it is hungry, mom"). Have fun here in Washington! The weather is beautiful this week!

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  7. We lost our inet for almost 2 month and now we are back up and running - yips...GREAT tips and I will post on my facebook page... I am so glad to be able to follow your blog again...

    Evielynne and her 3 blogs

    www.handmadecraftsdonewhilerving.blogspot.com

    http://mrmrscraftyrving.blogspot.com

    http://rvtravelingpets.blogspot.com

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  8. Those are all great ideas for traveling!

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  9. Great ideas! I will definitely be putting these to use. And forget the kids- great for keeping the calories down as I attempt to lose the baby weight! Better than cheetos at the gas station...

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  10. I love these ideas. No messes and healthy snacks. perfect. Plus, the containers are disposable so I wouldn't have to lug around dishes the whole trip. Thanks for yet another brilliant idea.

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  11. Great ideas! I'll definitely use these! Thank you!

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  12. You never disappoint :-) Getting ready for a car trip next weekend...maybe my picky spouse will even try this stuff!

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  13. I saw this on Pinterest. What GREAT ideas!! I'm on Weight Watchers right now and this would actually be a really great way to eat my healthy snacks while traveling. Thanks for the ideas!

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  15. These are great ideas!!!

    Just wanted to let you know that I gave you a little award today!

    http://sarahndipities.blogspot.com/2011/07/this-morning-i-found-out-i-had-been.html

    ~ Sarah

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  16. What a great idea! What I love the most about your site is you always get my wheels turning...and I find myself rocking what I got. I'm thinking that the tubs from deli meat can become individual lunch pails, filled with what I know each kid will eat. I'll be using this next month on our 6 hour road trip/move.

    Thought of you the other day...I have recently started using essential oils on a regular basis for home health care and needed something to carry them in. Inspiration struck when I was testing my blood sugar, and I retrofitted a glucose meter case with elastic. Now 14 of my oils are with me wherever I go, and it cost nothing (instead of $16.95, the going rate for one of those things). But seriously, you inspire me to think this way!

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  17. Great ideas that I will definitely use for our road trip this fall...thanks for sharing!
    Jennifer

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  18. Genius!
    ~ladycrafter14.blogspot.com

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  19. LOVE LOVE LOVE these ideas! The apples and yogurt will go over like magic with my little guys I do believe :) Thank you for sharing your awesomeness! :) Here from TT&J :)

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  20. I'd love for you to share this at Fun For Kids Friday. Great ideas!

    http://smilemonsters.blogspot.com/2011/07/fun-for-kids-friday_14.html

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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  21. Great ideas! Thank you for sharing them! We are about to move out of state with 7 kids, and I've been looking for some new road trip snack ideas. I love these!

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  22. the peanut butter jar... brilliant! just brilliant!

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  23. What a great idea, i will try this all on this weekend.

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  24. Smart, functional, and fun! Well done. I will definitely use these ideas for a family outing OR even for me running around on a busy day trying to avoid junk food! I would love for you to link this post up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at

    http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/2011/07/28/savvy-homemade-monday-party-1/

    I am a new follower!

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  25. Very, very resourceful.

    I would love for you to share this on my mommy solution meme. My readers would LOVE this!

    http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2011/07/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions-2/

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  26. You are a genius! This is awesome! Thanks!!!

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  27. I am so excited you shared these ideas! We go to the beach all of the time and this will for sure be something we do. Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

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  28. These ideas are GENIUS!!! I'm pinning this for next time we take a road trip.

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

    P.S. I'd love it if you'd link this up to my Weekend Warrior Link Party: http://www.askannamoseley.com/search/label/Weekend%20Warrior%20Link%20Party

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  29. Hi, Nike! I love these ideas, I can sooo use them! (And I don't even have kids!) Thanks for the great post.

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  30. Fantastic ideas! I would have to throw some rasins in with the celery and pb! About to take a family trip and will be using these ideas! Thanks!

    We will also be taking homemade dehydrated fruit leathers. Another great travel snack.
    Btw.. Found you on craftgossip
    Froginstiches.blogspot.com is me!

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  31. great idea and definitely functional. love it.

    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

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  32. Really awesome ideas!! And all very healthy with fresh food! Have a wonderful week! Angie xo

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  33. Super cute idea! I love the fact that you are recycling. Now I know what to do with the old cool whip containers.

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  34. Why can't I think of these things? Great ideas.

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  35. You are a genius! Stopping by from Someday Crafts. I am now following you!

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  36. is brilliant I have to post it on my blog absolutely!!!!

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  37. linked here: http://orlosubito.blogspot.com/2011/08/genial-1.html:-)

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  38. So simple yet so smart!! Thanks for sharing!!

    I would love it if you would come link this up at Freestyle Friday (it's open all weekend) at happyhourprojects.blogspot.com.

    Happy to be your newest follower ~ Adrianne

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  39. You are a genius!! This is so smart! I love it!

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  40. These are all such clever ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  41. What a brilliant traveling snack idea! I love the peanutbutter and celery! I mentioned them in the outdoors forum, around the campfire and would love for you to join in the conversation with any other ideas you might have!

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  42. I featured this post on my blog today:
    Food and Games To-Go (Road Trips with Little Ones)

    Feel free to promote to your friends and fans, too!

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  43. I definitely need to save these ideas for the little one! Thanks so much!

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  44. I saw that first picture at the link up party and I instantly knew that I need to tell you that I really liked the idea. Great thinking.

    We have a link-up party going on - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you'd link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-time-thursdays-2-and-features.html

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  45. That's really useful tip, which is very much helpful while driving with the Kids.

    Thanks for Sharing information about you journey experience.

    Defensive Driving

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  46. I love these ideas so much that I featured them on my monthly round-up of "cool things on the web". Thank you for sharing!

    (you can find the link here if you're interested:)
    http://charlottelaughs.blogspot.com/2011/09/round-up-september-edition-maybe-last.html

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  47. These look like pretty solid ideas for a road trip with kids on board. Something that's not messy is ideal. Stuff like those would be easier to manage for the people on board.

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  48. every single one of your posts has blown me away. you are such a stinkin genius. i am now a subscriber.. proudly! :)

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  49. great ideas! definitely doing the celery and PB - love it!

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  51. I have reusable silicone muffin cups that I use in sandwich boxes to make a "lunchable". Roll up cold cuts, (or pack pepperoni sticks) and then tuck two muffin cups in opposide corners of the sandwich box and put cheese cubes in one, and round crackers in the other. once the lid goes on everything stays in place (that wouldn't work for runny things like dips, though--I like your ideas for that!)

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  52. Just stopping by with congratulations! Your project was in the top 5 most popular posts for April (yes I'm way behind!) on Fun Family Crafts! Thanks for sharing your creativity and we hope you'll submit more. If you would like to see the post and grab a TOP 5 button, you can see it here http://funfamilycrafts.com/april-2012-top-posts/ Thanks!

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    1. Looks like you were in the top 5 again in May, congrats!

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  53. Am I the only one wondering how in the world you got that peanut butter into the bottom of that jar, especially without getting it all over the sides??
    Great ideas though, I'm looking forward to checking out the rest of your blog.

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  54. Am I the only one wondering how in the world you got that peanut butter into the bottom of that jar, especially without getting it all over the sides??
    Great ideas though, I'm looking forward to checking out the rest of your blog.

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    1. I would think melting the peanut butter in the microwave and pouring it in would help with it not getting all over the sides. (I was wondering the same thing!)

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  56. Super ideas! How do you keep your apples from turning brown?

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  57. How incredibly clever!!! I would have never thought of this and it's so simple to do! It's the best way to stay and eat healthy when you want to snack on something. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful day. :)

    ~Phuong
    http://classypeach.blogspot.com/

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  58. Thx for posting these! Simple and easy!

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  59. Thanks, such great healthy snack ideas for on the go!
    www.lilmsadventures.blogspot.com

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  60. Exellent ideas - reposted on Facebook! :)

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  61. Oh.....! its really good meal during travel i like your idea thank for your information.
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  62. These are great ideas! I was wondering how to keep my apple from turning with its cut.

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  63. Hello, I love the name of your site. Thanks for sharing your experiences and delicious recipes with us.

    It's easy to see that you are very passionate about what you do.

    Thanks again,

    Jeff

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  64. What great ideas! I really love them. Most "easy" snack ideas, I find are too involved for the amount of time I have. But these are great. Thank you for sharing them.

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  65. Love it! Not only great for the pocketbook, fabulous for the body, mind & soul! With these delicious and nutritious snacks you don't have to be tempted by the fast food joints you encounter on your travels!

    Nicole Meek, @haltonrecycles, www.haltonrecycles.ca

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  66. Great ideas for me and my kiddo! Thanks!

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  67. Wow nice and great ideas. love to have more ideas like this
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  68. Hi Nike...just came here via your snacks pinned on Pinterest. Love your clever recycle of containers used. Can I offer a suggestion? Instead of store bought cleaned carrots like the ones in the photo...I would recommend buying regular carrots and cleaning and cutting them into sticks. I found out that the pre-cleaned "baby carrots" are not baby carrots at all but are broken carrots ground down to size and dipped in chlorine to preserve during shipping. That's why they are covered in a white film when you buy them. Chlorine is cause for concern when it comes to cancer and we stopped buying these as soon as we hear how they were processed. Hope this helps.

    Bianca

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    1. Thanks for sharing that's gross! I always buy baby carrots eewww Definitely not what I want to do when trying to have a healthy home!

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  71. Not only great for car snacks! Great for on the go PCOS-ers trying to keep their GI levels in check!
    Peanut Butter GI: 0 & Celery GI: 1
    Carrots & Dressing GI: 0
    Yogurt GI: Up to 17 & Apples GI: 3
    Love these ideas!

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  72. We traveled to Utah last month and took the time the thaw out our fridge so everything cold came with us, including a whole carton of eggs....well, I hard-boiled them. Those, deli salami and the baybel cheese rounds were the perfect snack when we weren't ready to stop yet for something more filling. I could definitely go for peanut butter & celery, though :)

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  73. These are great! Mind if I rave about your ideas and link your site to mine on http://www.rainbowstewbook.com/?

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  74. I absolutely love these ideas ! my kids love celery and peanut butter :) I think I'm gonna make these up and keep them in the fridge for an easy reach snack. Thanks for the tips :)

    Lynda Wiggins - http://homemomsandhealth.blogspot.com/ :)

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    1. I would like to do the same thing cathryn suggested if its ok :)

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  75. Thanks for the tips! I reposted the celery trick on Americas Best Value Inn Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AmericasBestValueInn1). I'm certain it will be shared...a lot! Thanks for the great blog!

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  76. love that it's healthy and you are reusing what you carry your snacks in! ^5

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  77. Bravissima! I love your blog and I'll come here early...I pinned your ideas.
    If you like, come to meet me on my blog: www.cookingclassesintuscany.net

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  78. Excellent ! We are going to be doing a of of long distance traveling this year, and we need more of these ideas! Any suggestions appreciated! We prefer to stop at a "rest stop" and have a quick, or leisurely picnic lunch, instead of fast food. Yuk!

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