It was hot and humid July day in Washington DC. We had just finished a behind the scenes elephant tour at the National Zoo and my husband was waiting for us at the National Mall. After several failed attempts to hail a cab, my daughter declared she was hungry—it was nearing lunch time—so we walked across the street to 7-Eleven.
I figured we’d grab a bag of goldfish crackers and a bottled water at best, but I was blown away that I was able to purchase a pack of carrot and celery sticks, a hard-boiled egg and fruit to tide her over. It turns out that this particular convenience store brand is making room for healthier options with a new line of fresh food called 7-Eleven Fresh To Go that is prepared in local kitchens and delivered to stores daily.
When you’re on the road this summer traveling or chauffeuring kids to camp and playdates, it’s possible to pick up healthy convenience store snacks like these excellent options below (in addition to a few fun treats):
1. Veggie Sticks
As mentioned, pre-washed and pre-cut carrot and celery sticks make a perfect healthy snack option.
2. Fresh Whole Fruit
Eco-friendly without packaging and easy to eat, why not opt for a banana or apple?
3. Fresh Fruit Cups
Bite-sized fruit makes for an easy as well as a fiber and antioxidant-rich snack that kids love. Plus, if they only eat certain kinds of fruit, these days (or, at least at 7-Eleven) there are multiple fruit choices.
7-Eleven even has fresh mango and jicama sold with a lime wedge and lime salt for a more upscale (or south-of-the-border) twist on cut fresh fruit.
4. Hard-Boiled Eggs
Protein helps keeps kids (and you) satiated for longer so if they’re game for a hard-boiled egg, this is an excellent snack. The pack I bought came with cheese, crackers and a dash of salt and pepper.
Speaking of cheese, cubes or packets of cheddar cheese or string cheese are readily available in 7-Eleven cold sections. I did pick up a Bistro pack with carrots, cheese, grapes and pita bread rounds.
It’s really a perfect snack when we’re pressed for time before dance class and I forget (which happens) to bring food for her to eat en route.
It’s full of calcium and you can find parfait, Greek yogurt and regular yogurt in multiple flavors.
Find nuts with no salt. They sell individual bags of unsalted almonds at our local 7-Eleven.
8. Cereal Cups
Individual-sized servings of Cheerios are fantastic for kids of any age who might need the distraction of multiple snack pieces while satisfying hunger. Special-K and granola are also options (skip the sugared cereal unless you want wired kids).
9. Trail Mix
The mixture of dried fruit and nuts make for a perfect combination of salty and sweet and a better option than reaching for a candy bar.
10. 100% Fruit or Vegetable Juice
The key is to make sure that there isn’t a bunch of sugar or other excessive ingredients added to the juice. But grab a V-8 instead of a Coke.
11. Sunflower Seeds
Careful consumption of sunflower seeds are a fun and healthy road trip snack if the kids are capable of not making a mess of the shells.
12. Granola Bars
Similar to trail mix, most convenience stores like 7-Eleven have a large selection of fruit and nut granola bars in a variety of flavors that are better options than candy bars.
A carton of milk is satisfying. Even if the kids have a hankering for chocolate milk… this is better than caving and purchasing that pack of donuts. Our pediatrician suggested chocolate milk as a dessert for our daughter during times when getting calcium in her was challenging.
14. A Healthy Sandwich
The fresh section of convenience stores have healthy sandwich options that are void of mayonnaise and other heavy sauces that most kids don’t like anyway. 7-Eleven’s fresh turkey sub is just a giant pile of sandwich meat with a little bit of cheese. Throw on some mustard and hit the road.
15. A Fresh Salad
While salads can pack on the fat and calories depending on which you choose, a green salad will do the trick. Though, to be honest, I’ve been known to opt for a chicken Caesar and use dressing very, very sparingly and my daughter still eats it.
Our local 7-Eleven is located near La Jolla High School where kids pick up drinks and snacks before and after school as well as before and after extracurricular activities. I saw plenty of kids buying the 7-Eleven Fresh To Go fruit packs as a snack, which as a parent, I’m happy about.
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