Healthy, frugal snacks are the best to take to the amusement park or any activity that your family enjoys during spring break or summer.
Eating and snacking at an amusement park can be so very expensive. In order to keep to a budget, I pack great tasting, frugal snacks that my family will love.
Here are a few things to remember when you pack snacks for a day at the amusement park.
- Make sure you can take snacks in the park (otherwise leave them in the trunk and take a couple breaks to fuel up)
- Don’t pack snacks that are full of salt – you will be thirsty all of the time and will dehydrate faster
- Don’t pack a lot of sugary snacks. Sugary snacks can deplete your body of water just like sugar.
- Choose high protein snacks – they will keep you full longer and give you better energy!
- Pack a lot of water and drinks like Gatorade.
- Pack some damp paper towels that you have placed in a zipper top plastic bag to make “washing” your hands and face easy.
I use a cooler that has wheels so that I can easily take it around the park. That is, if they let me. Remember to go online or call the park to find out what the rules are.
We love healthy frugal snacks, they taste good and are easy too!
Here is an oldie but goodie – Ants on a log. This has always been one of my families favorite snacks. You great a little natural sugar from the “ants” and a lot of protein from the peanut butter. If you have a family member with nut allergies, you can use a different type of nut butter. Simply cut 3 – 4 inch pieces of celery, add peanut butter (or other butter) and top with raisins.
We always have cut up veggies. These are great tasting and the natural fiber in them will help fill you up. I think an added bonus is that they are cool in my mouth. After a hot day of riding roller coasters, I love anything that will help cool me down. I don’t typically pack dressings. They are high in salt and I worry the could go bad.
Fruit kabobs are a great snack to take with you. Using the bamboo skewers helps keep fingers clean and make clean up easy.
Here is another great way to get some extra protein in your snack. I make kabobs with our favorite vegetables and various types of cheese. I typically use string cheese and cheddar cheese. They are my families favorites. I love black olives, so I put a few of them on the skewer too!
So, to wrap up, make sure you don’t take super salty or sweet snacks, take lots to drink, make clean up easy by making kabobs.
One final tip before you go. Fold up some paper towels, dampen them and place in a zipper top plastic bag. Wipe your face and hand with them and get ready to go on more rides! Enjoy your day at the park!
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