Camping is a time that most parents relax the rules and let the kids indulge in a few extra treats. There will be ice cream cones, S’mores (of course), candy, and cookies pretty much everywhere. You can still curb the sugar rushes by packing healthy snacks and substituting them for the other stuff from time to time.
Trail mix is a first choice and it is something you can make yourself at home or buy in a variety of flavors. Most contains high fiber oats and vitamin rich berries. You can make sure there are nuts in the mix for a dose of healthy fat as well. If you choose a brand that is low in sugar, or make your own and reduce it yourself, you will be adding some healthy nutrients to their diets to counteract the fun they are having with PopRocks for the week.
Fruits and veggies may seem hum-drum to the kids unless you perform a little magic over them. To accomplish this you must first pretend you are preparing them for yourself. Go ahead and peel & slice a few apples into a bowl for yourself. You may find yourself peeling & slicing several as the kids roll by and snag a few on each trip. They just taste better that way.
Did you know that frozen grapes are the most amazing things ever? They are like a whole new sweet-treat invention. If you’re in an RV and have room in the freezer you should pop some in there. You will love them too. And berries are better with just a dollop or squirt of whipped topping.
Veggies can be spread with peanut butter, cream cheese, dunked in ranch dressing, or arranged into animals on their plates like the examples seen here > Fruit & Veggie Animal Design For Kids Snacks
Another option is whole grain pita chips brushed lightly with butter, sprinkled with cinnamon and lightly toasted over the campfire. They are a little crunchy and a little chewy, not too sweet but still offer that cinnaminy goodness that most of us love.
You’ll find plenty of alternatives and the kids will still be able to enjoy some vacation sweets while you are here. We want all of you to have a good time and we look forward to seeing you around the campground.