My hubby and I love taking our kiddies to spots like Disneyland and Universal Studios to see them smile and their eyes light up nonstop.
To ensure that my family is nourished + energized throughout the day (without feeling like they’re missing out on any amusement park magic), I usually make a few preparations before heading out to the park.
- Prep snacks! Pack an abundance of bite-size, cut-up healthy fruits and veggies (grapes, carrots, apples, and celery are some faves and home-packed ones will save you from having to spend some $$$ on a single apple or banana at the parks' snack stands), and be sure to bring a wholesome dip like hummus or nut butter. Cold-pressed juices, squeezable yogurt packs like Siggis (toss in the freezer the night before to keep them cold + make an instant ice block for your other snacks!), high-fiber, low-sugar bars, and coconut butter also make fantastic snacks!
- Leave home on a full + healthy belly. To power us through our big day, we fuel up on foods packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Grilled salmon, quinoa, raw collard “sandwich” wraps, and sweet potato chips make an amazing pre-park meal. I also like to whip up an energizing superfood smoothie that my little ones can sip on during the drive over.
- Refuel throughout the day! While you're in line waiting for a ride or watching a parade, continue to refuel with your yummy packed snacks.
- Have dinner or a nighttime treat in the park. Part of the amusement park magic is nibbling on a peanut-covered caramel apple or eating something out of a Mickey Mouse-shaped tray. A lot of amusement parks offer healthier options like salads and grilled chicken sandwiches now too! We’ll usually enjoy dinner in the park (or find somewhere right outside of the park if the lines are too crazy or there’s nothing too appealing), and then slip our babies into their PJs before driving home.
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