Summer is absolutely the PERFECT time to reconnect with family, isn't it? When I was younger, we definitely didn't have the money to go on long, extended vacations so instead my family and I took road trips together. Sometimes they would be short (like going to Miami or Orlando, which were each about three hours away) and other times they were longer (like a two-week trip to the Niagara Falls, Chicago and Michigan).

With every trip, we learned how to pack smarter and lighter. One thing that I'm still learning, though, is how to be healthy while taking these big family trips. The easiest thing to do is just buy some chips and candy to keep in the car for when the kids get hungry, right? However, those empty (and nutrition-less) calories aren't helping anyone, so I've come up with a list of my favorite Latin-flavored road trips snacks that are healthy but still delicious enough to satisfy ANY member of the family.

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Is your family planning to go on a road trip this summer? What are your favorite healthy snacks to pack when vacationing? Share with us in the comments below!

Tostitos Artisan Baked Three Cheese Queso 1

Tostitos Artisan Baked Three Cheese Queso

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I love tortilla chips but, most of all, I love these cheesy baked gourmet-style ones because they have no trans fat, no  MSG, no soy and contain 9 grains.

Available from Tostitos/Frito Lay.

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Dark Chocolate Covered Brazil Nuts 2

Dark Chocolate Covered Brazil Nuts

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Brazil nuts and dark chocolate are a great snack because they are both high in antioxidants and minerals, while satisfying anyone's sweet-and-salty cravings.

Available from Nuts.com.

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Chobani Greek Yogurt Passion Fruit 3

Chobani Greek Yogurt Passion Fruit

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I'm usually a lover of plain old Greek yogurt, but if you're looking for something sweeter with a little Latin flavor, this passion fruit version (with real seeds!) is the best.

Available from Chobani.

Funky Monkey Dried Pink Pineapple 4

Funky Monkey Dried Pink Pineapple

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The name may be funny, but I absolutely LOVE dried fruit as a snack. It's sweet but not candy and this version has no sugar added, no preservatives and not genetically modified. Yay!

Available from Drugstore.com.

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Chiffles Plantain Chips 5

Chiffles Plantain Chips

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Plantain chips have always been a favorite of mine. Although, yes, they're usually fried I still like that they are rich in potassium and contain Vitamins A and C.

Available from Chiffles.

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Stretch Island Fruit Strips Mango Sunrise 6

Stretch Island Fruit Strips Mango Sunrise

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If your kids still want a little "candy", then offer them these fruit leathers. They're 100% natural with no added sugar or other additives. Plus, the mango is divine!

Available from Stretch Island Fruit, Co.

 

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Stacy’s Pita Chips Cinnamon Sugar 7

Stacy’s Pita Chips Cinnamon Sugar

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I love pita chips and I especially love this cinnamon and sugar flavored one because it reminds me of my Cuban abuelita's desserts, torrejas, but this is easier to buy.

Available from Stacy's Snacks.

Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips Mango Habanero 8

Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips Mango Habanero

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Kale chips can be pricey but, considering that kale is the most nutritionally dense vegetable and that these TASTE SO GOOD, it's a worthwhile family treat.

Available from Amazon.com.