Robin's Healthy Take: Boardwalk Food

Robin Miller is on the boardwalk with her family and is sharing her tips for feeding your kids healthy snacks while on vacation.

I'm still traveling with my family and this week it's boardwalk time!  I adore the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey; it conjures up incredible childhood memories and now I'm creating new magical moments with my own kids. I don't exactly recall the boardwalk grub I ate when I was little, but I'm sure the offerings haven't changed much: waffles stuffed with ice cream, cheese fries, heavily-topped pizzas, loaded nachos, fresh fudge, cotton candy, hot dogs/chili dogs and frozen custard. What HAS changed is the portion sizes. They're enormous. You know it's bad when there's a prize for consuming a 26-inch pizza.  Really? Can you imagine a prize for consuming salad? Not likely.

I'm not trying to be a party pooper, but when I travel with my family, I try to feed my kids healthy meals while leaving room for treats. We can't return home refreshed after a vacation of no sleep and no vegetables. Actually, no sleep I can handle. Junk food for little ones (and the grandparents we're visiting) doesn't cut it for me. Here's what I found to nosh on while enjoying the boardwalk: soft pretzels with mustard (I scraped off most of the salt), fresh-squeezed lemonade, popcorn (sans butter), snow cones/shaved ice, roasted nuts (cashews, almonds and pistachios) and caramel popcorn. I even found chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate-covered blueberries. My kids didn't feel deprived for a second and I felt better about what we all ate (especially after a few upside-down loops on the coaster).

Please share your favorite foods - whether it's at the beach, the carnival or local street fair!  Summer rocks!

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