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Looking to take a road trip but dread hearing the infamous "Are we there yet?" or "Can we please, please stop for fast food?" questions? Never fear, registered dietitian, author and mother, Pamela Nisevich Bede, offers creative ways to keep your family (and you) satisfied and entertained while traveling.



• Who cares if we're there yet? In addition to today's technological offerings, equip your pint-sized passengers with books and travel board games, and play no-equipment-needed games, such as license plate bingo, I Spy, or 20 Questions.



• Energy to burn. You've got their minds exercised now, but what about their bodies? Do a little research ahead of time and plot your stops at rest areas that have green space. When you get there, do a quick round of jumping jacks or a 10-minute game of tag.



• Plan ahead. There's nothing worse than being buckled in the car for hours with nothing healthy to snack on. For your next trip, avoid feeling trapped by packing all-natural, healthful snacks, such as nuts and dried fruit.



• Drink up. Make sure you and your family stay hydrated during road trips by packing refillable water bottles for the long ride. Visit your local dollar store to stock up on different colored water bottles to assign to each person. If you're feeling crafty, have your kids decorate their own bottles with markers, stickers, puffy paint and anything creative from the craft store.



• Don't fight it. When planning your next road trip, work with your child's schedule and not against it. Put them to bed at their regular time and feed them breakfast as you always would. For example, leave before the sun comes up so your child is still able to sleep during part of the ride. Once it's time for a rest stop, you'll be able to gas up and give your kids a proper, healthy breakfast at their regular time.



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