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Embracing Summer on the Road

Summertime is popular time for travel: no school for kids, no packing heavy coats and boots, no denying that the iced-coffee in your cup holder will be consumed faster than your go-to cappuccino. It’s a great feeling to pack up the car, hit the road, and breathe in the warm, flowing air of the day ahead. Depending on where you’re headed, you could be in the car for quite some time.
To prepare you for all the best, somewhat-spontaneous and impromptu road trips this season, I’ve compiled a short list of my gotta-have-em’s for the road (or the air, or the train, or the camping trail).

Portable phone charger
When you’re on the go, especially in the car, it’s easy to find yourself scrolling through the day’s latest tweets and posts on your smart phone to pass the time. With music, maps, and camera all accessible at your fingertips–it’s understandably enticing–and arguably necessary for some. That battery will drain fast if you’re not careful, leaving you phoneless upon arriving to your destination, out and about.
To avoid any miscommunication with friends and family, I pack a portable phone charger: light, easy-to-store in a bag or purse, and at times, a total lifesaver.

No-mess snacks (high in protein and, of course, water)
If you’ve ever found yourself in the seat of a car for multiple hours, you’re probably familiar with the pains of ‘road munchies.’ Always hitting when you least expect them, cravings of salty, vending machine chips and chocolate-covered-something’s from the gas station checkout lines will wash over you like a wave of mini-vans on the way to Myrtle Beach.
To avoid unnecessary stops and overpriced filler-foods, try packing a few protein bars, nuts, or other non-messy snacks that are high in protein to get you through your trip. You’ll save money, time and feel more alert as you chug along to your next destination. Don’t forget to hydrate too, always keeping water on hand.

IMG_8205Upbeat music
I’m all too familiar with the car slump that comes from static conversations and repetitive, rolling window scenery. Wake yourself up, get excited for the trip ahead and laugh with friends and family over some classic, throwback tunes.
The high-energy music puts anxious travelers in a good mood, passes the time, and leaves the car feeling more energized and happy – because yes, we all know the collective, previous state of forehead-pressed-against-window wasn’t doing much for the car’s energy.

A pillow
We are human, and when in the car for extended periods of time, we will sleep. Be sure to pack a small travel pillow or blanket to rest your head against in the tight space. This will prevent any neck pains of headaches from unexpected bumps and unnatural positions of rest.
Your neck will thank you later and friends will dub you ‘pro-traveler’ of the group when you show up prepared, relaxed, and excited for the trip ahead!

Written by Emily McCaul

Backyard Fun!

backyardWhen summer arrives do you see even less of your kids than you did during the school year? Too many American children, tweens and teens spend those extra hours of free time indoors playing with technology, rather than engaging in healthy outdoor activities. Even when you know where your kids are, you may not understand what they’re doing with all those devices and game controllers.

This summer, why not help your children get excited about a healthy and fun time outdoors? You can make your backyard the neighborhood hotspot that no kid can resist by providing three key ingredients to a great summer: fun, food and friendship.

Fun in the sun

To compete with smartphones, PCs, tablets and other digital devices, you need outdoor excitement – the kind that only water can provide. Installing a backyard pool may not be practical for everyone, but a backyard water slide is a great substitute.

Easy to set up and use, a water slide is a cost-effective way to create outdoor fun this summer. For example, we love H2OGO! backyard water slides for their modern but comfortable products. They feature the Speed Ramp, an inflatable launch pad that creates a smooth belly-flop landing at the start of the superfast 18-foot slide. A Splash Lagoon funnels water throughout the entire slide, reducing friction and increasing speed. Learn more at www.bestway-global.com.

Food for fun

All that water sliding and other fun activity is going to make kids work up an appetite. They’ll need fuel so they can keep having fun. Look for fare that is easy, kid-friendly and nutritious. For example, instead of serving high-fat, high-sugar ice cream, consider frozen fruit or fruit pops. Replace sugary, calorie-laden sodas with flavored water. For kids who crave crunch, replace chips with fresh-cut crisp fruits like apples and kid-friendly veggies such as carrots or cherry tomatoes. You can serve them with a variety of delicious, yogurt-based dips. Whip up a nacho platter that incorporates low-fat shredded cheese, fresh salsa and lean protein like beans or grilled chicken.

Friendship and fun

With your backyard gaining the reputation of the neighborhood hot spot for great food and fun, you may notice some new faces showing up. Encourage children to engage in games that can help them get to know each other and create new friendships with others in the neighborhood.

Some of the simplest games are great ice-breakers. One game that’s great for getting to know each other is to have kids stand in a circle and toss around a bean bag or small ball. The child who throws asks a question – such as “What’s your name?” or “What’s your favorite sport?” – and the child who catches has to answer.

Another fun idea for older children is a biography building circle. Kids sit in a circle and start with one child making a simple statement about himself, such as “I like to play baseball with my dad.” The next child in line adds his or her own information by building off something the first child said, such as “My dad is an airline pilot.” The play continues with children each saying something new that is somehow linked to what the last child said.

Each of these activities will help keep your child healthy and happy this summer. Inspire them to grow and make good choices by fostering outdoor play in your own backyard!

Guilt Free Chips!

bellawebNow you can indulge into a bag of your favorite flavored chips without feeling guilty! Quest protein chips contain only five grams of carbs and boast 21 grams of protein. Additionally, they are gluten free with no added soy. By comparison, a typical bag of chips contains 23 grams of carbs, two grams of fat and two grams of protein.

The 120-calorie bags of salty chips are sold individually or can be purchased in bulk. The flavors offered are barbeque, sea slat, cheddar and sour cream, salt and vinegar, and sour cream and onion. Ingredients for the guilt free chips include: protein blend (milk protein isolate, whey protein isolate), dried potatoes, corn starch and high oleic sunflower oil.

Quest nutrition also offers pasta, protein bars, cravings peanut butter cups and merchandise! Quest’s mission is to revolutionize food and make healthy eating fun for others. 

To find a retailer that offers them near you, check out their website. Enjoy your tasty, guilt free bag of chips!

 

Written by Kristi Hall

Stinging with Energy

bellaonline4We all run out of energy and need a pick me up at some point of the day. Your choice of energy fuel can make a difference in how long you stay energetic. 

Some turn to energy drinks to satisfy the caffeine rush but the variety of caffeinated drinks can have risks after consumption. Side effects range from shaking, dizziness, headache and a crash that can make you feel more exhausted than before you consumed the drink. 

A more natural and safe product to grab is one of Honey Stinger’s energetic snacks. 

Why honey? Honey is a natural sugar and rich in carbohydrates, making it a great fuel for your muscles. The honey-based products are beneficial before, during and after exercising.

Honey Stinger’s products range from energy gels, organic waffles, organic energy chews, energy bars, protein bars, organic honey and even treats for the little ones.

All the products have an assortment of flavors depending on the item. A few of the flavors offered are: strawberry kiwi, lemon, pink lemonade cherry cola, dark chocolate coconut almond, and many many more!

All the products offered from Honey Stinger have a shelf life between 12-18 months from the date of manufacture. Since the ingredients are all natural, they are a safe alternative for kids and perfect for an after school snack.

You can purchase Honey Stinger directly on their website or check out their store locator to find the closest store selling Honey Stinger products!

Written by Kristi Hall