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A snack is a portion of food, often smaller than a regular meal, generally eaten between meals. Snacks come in a variety of forms including packaged snack foods and other processed foods, as well as items made from fresh ingredients at home.

Traditionally, snacks are prepared from ingredients commonly available in the home. Often cold cuts, fruit, leftovers, nuts, sandwiches, and the like are used as snacks. The Dagwood sandwich was originally the humorous result of a cartoon character's desire for large snacks. With the spread of convenience stores, packaged snack foods became a significant business. Snack foods are typically designed to be portable, quick, and satisfying. Processed snack foods, as one form of convenience food, are designed to be less perishable, more durable, and more portable than prepared foods. They often contain substantial amounts of sweeteners, preservatives, and appealing ingredients such as chocolate, peanuts, and specially-designed flavors (such as flavored potato chips).

Beverages, such as coffee, are not generally considered snacks though they may be consumed along with or in lieu of snack foods.

A snack eaten shortly before going to bed or during the night may be called a midnight snack.

Are We There Yet? Non-Messy Car Snacks to Keep Your Kids’ Appetites at Bay

Healthy snacks for the car!

When I was in fifth grade, my friend’s parents took me on vacation with them to Chincoteague, VA.  We were eating snacks in the back of the car.  I ripped open a bag of pretzels the wrong way, and they exploded all over the back seat.  Crumbs and salt everywhere.  Took a while to clean up that mess.

Now I’m more careful when I eat in the car, and when I pack snacks for my family.  I try not to bring anything that will make too many crumbs.  (Even when I open pretzels the right way, they can still be too messy, depending on the kind.)  I also avoid snacks that are too sticky and/or too stinky!  And I avoid anything that would go bad quickly or need refrigeration (I don’t usually bring a cooler).

So what does that leave?  I usually stick with healthy granola bars (chewy, not crunchy—the crunchy ones can be so crumbly).  I also pack Ziplocs of trail mix, fruit snacks, carrots, or sliced apples or grapes, if I know I won’t have them out for too long.

Here are some other good ideas for healthy (and non-messy) car snacks for you and your little ones, from Disney Family.Com. Happy Travels!

– Lauren A.

If you have any good ideas for healthy, non-messy road trip snacks for kids, leave a comment for us below.

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