Last summer, our boating trip turned out great, except we packed less food. When I say our kids turned into little monsters, you better believe it. They were hungry and had been munching on chips and sandwiches since morning. The juice boxes helped beat the summer heat, but without those little snacks, it felt like we were losing energy and patience with every minute.
So, this year, we decided to make a grocery run with the kids for our water vacation. It was going to be a 3-day trip, and though I was planning to cook on board with the catch of the day, I knew the kids wouldn’t eat fish that enthusiastically.
Here’s what we bought and made at home for the trip:
This delicious snack is quite filling as it is packed with protein. You can even make it at home, but my kids prefer the store-bought ones. Pro Tip: Add a few chocolate balls to the packet to create the perfect mix of sweet and salty.
If you have electricity and a microwave on your boat, bringing those baggies of popcorn is a must. Buy them in different flavors and let the kids have a full bowl right at the trip’s beginning. Popcorn also makes for great fish bait.
Chips and Salsa
There is no need to spend hours in the kitchen making the perfect salsa with ripe tomatoes. Buy a jar from the grocery store and its partner in crime – chips. Doritos are the best kind!
There’s nothing more refreshing than biting into an ice-cold, juicy watermelon. It’s the perfect fruit to give your parched throat a refreshing reprieve, which, to be honest, water does not. You can get pre-cut slices from your nearest store, transfer them into a box and place them in an ice box.
Veggie Dip Cups
This is a genius invention your kids will love if they like munching on crunchy veggies. Buy a dip, such as guacamole, ranch, thousand islands, etc. Add a spoonful to a plastic cup. Cut cucumber, celery, capsicum, and carrots in finger sizes and place them in the cup. Cover the cups with Saran wrap and place them in the ice box.
Who can say “no” to pinwheel sandwiches? They are tasty and smell heavenly. You will probably find all the mixings to make them in your pantry and refrigerator.
Here’s what you need:
- Green Onion
- Cream Cheese
- Salt and Pepper
- Add cream cheese, chopped basil and garlic, salt and pepper, and parmesan in a bowl.
- Mix well and set aside
- Layer your tortilla with a spoonful of the creamy mixture
- Place meat on it and lettuce leaves
- Roll the tortilla tightly in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes (This will help the cream cheese set and allow you to cut the roll into small pieces easily)
So, there you have it – these snacks kept our kids happy on the boat. We even bought a few chocolate bars as an after-dinner dessert.
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