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Recently, my two youngest daughters and I took a road trip. We traveled from our home here in Tennessee to my hometown in upstate New York. My niece got married, and we had a nice time of visiting with our family there.
Since we were going to be driving, I knew we needed to pack snacks. Road trip foods can be so costly and less-than-healthy. We wanted to avoid the drive-thru lines. The problem with low carb snack foods is that many of them require cooking ahead of time, as well as re-heating when eating.
Obviously, we wouldn’t be able to re-heat while on the road, and I didn’t have a lot of cooking time prior to our departure (the cooking time I had was spent in making freezer meals for the rest of my family that was staying home to enjoy.)
I’d like to share our list with you, along with some helpful road trip tips.
- Cut up veggies, such as carrots, cucumbers, and zucchini
- Fruit and nut bars
- Lunch meat
- Protein Shakes
- Low Carb Sausage Balls (recipe below)
- Quaker® Real Medleys® Yogurt Cups
We didn’t cut up the cheese ahead of time as we weren’t sure how much we’d eat. We also didn’t cut up the apples in order to keep them fresh (and not icky brown!) One of my tips comes from my Mom, from all of our trips in my youth back and forth between SW Florida and New York, visiting family. We keep a paring knife with us for cutting fruits and cheese, but don’t want anyone to be injured by it. To do this, we wrap the paring knife in a paper towel, then place it inside of a Ziploc bag, which then goes into the travel bag.
Tuck a pack of baby wipes in the food bag, along with napkins, plastic utensils, paper plates, and a few plastic bags. As you have wrappers and trash, place them into the plastic bag. At each rest stop, be sure to deposit your accumulated plastic bag full of trash in the receptacle to keep the messes at bay.
While we were shopping for our road trip foods at WalMart, we discovered our newest favorite, Quaker® Real Medleys® Yogurt Cups! We found these on the ready-to-eat cereal aisle, not in the dairy case where we’d typically find yogurt. Intrigued by this new product, we bought two of each variety, Strawberry Almond, Apple Cinnamon, Raspberry Pecan. Nothing like this before had accompanied us on a road trip, that’s for sure!
We were pleasantly surprised to learn that by simply adding cold milk, the dry ingredients transform into a tasty yogurt treat! My favorite was, of course, the Raspberry Pecan, since I’m a huge fan of raspberries.
What was nice is about these yogurt cups was that it was a complete snack, a delicious blend of yogurt and multigrain granola with real fruit and crunchy nuts. “Crunchy. Cool. Yum.” describes this treat perfectly! It was a satisfying with 25 grams of whole grains and 10 grams of protein with 1/2 cup of cold Skim Milk treat. So, these are not technically low carb, but the high protein and whole grains make the carbs totally worth it!
It was so convenient, just mix in cold milk and stir. Can’t get much easier than that! Also, if we ended up not eating the yogurt on the first leg of our trip, it wasn’t wasted. Being shelf-stable meant we could keep it in the road trip bag and eat it on the way back home.
While looking for more ways to use these tasty treats, I found the Blippar app for my iPhone was filled with great suggestions! Download the Blippar app from your Apple or Android store to scan your package and receive information tutorials on Quaker® Real Medleys® Yogurt Cups.
- ½ cup almond flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1 TB butter, melted
- 8 oz raw sausage (I use Tennessee Pride)
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (or your preferred variety)
- Preheat oven to 350*
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Using a disher, form golf ball sized sausage balls.
- Place on baking sheet.
- Bake 15 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
- I like to serve these with mustard for dipping.
Be sure to check out more delicious recipes with Quaker Real Medleys Yogurt Cups at QuakerLove.com. I’d love to hear your favorite!
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