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Healthy Theme Park Snacks

Summer 2011

Wizards and whales and mice…oh my! Summers in Orlando are full of memory making moments and an array of meal choices. From burgers and fries to pizza and sodas, finding nutritious snacks can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to keep your family fed without breaking the bank or the diet.

Pack your own snacks. Although coolers are not permitted in most theme parks, a backpack with snacks is perfectly acceptable. Try stopping by the local Whole Foods Market and stock up on snacks that are compact and easy to carry. Rather than selecting the usual chips and candy, opt for more nutrient packed fruits and vegetables that are not only filling, but will keep you fueled for a long day of fun.

Park friendly items include: seedless grapes (Freeze them for a delicious cool treat in the Florida heat.), apples, oranges, bananas, baby carrots, celery sticks, edamame, trail mix of nuts and dried fruits (Whole Foods Market has a great bulk section where you can make your own!), raisins, cereal bars/ granola bars, and freeze-dried fruits.

Stay hydrated. The summer heat in Florida can be brutal and staying hydrated is key to keeping the fun going without injury. Be sure to pack several bottles of water in your bag to drink throughout the day. For cold water all day long, try freezing a couple bottles overnight. This will guarantee ice cold water all throughout the day with the added bonus of keeping your other snacks cool.

A day at the parks doesn’t need to be a rollercoaster ride of sugars and salts. With a little pre-park shopping, you can enjoy the fun and keep your family fueled, hydrated and healthy.