How to pack your ice chest


by New Day Producers

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

It’s the time of year that most of us are planning our family 4th of July road trip. The keys to a successful road trip are keeping your kids full and happy (so they don’t fight) and keeping the driver alert and focused on the road.

To show New Day exactly how to pack an ice chest right is Nutritionist Deborah Enos.

Start your road trip with a great breakfast that includes some protein and Fiber-Show a bowl of Greek yogurt sprinkled with trail mix.

Then you hit the road!

30 minutes down the road the kids are fighting and your stomach is grumbling. Time to see what’s in your ice chest:

1. Protein & fiber snack: Laughing Cow cheese, carrot sticks and crackers. Fun way to get your fiber from the whole grain crackers & carrots & low fat cheese.

2. Curry in a Hurry! It’s a salad and then turns into a pita sandwich, perfect for road trips. High in protein, low in fat, helps to keep your energy high.

3.Fruit Kabobs: perfect car snack. I put them on pops scicle sticks so no one gets hurt…then after they are eaten, the kids can have sword fights in the back seat.

4. Holiday Black Bean Salad. High fiber, low fat. I scoop this into portable mugs or glasses and you can eat it with a spoon or baked chips or crackers. This is also makes a great 4th of July menu addition to your party or pic nic.

5.  ZEVIA! Love this drink. This drink is ZERO calories and tastes so decadent. It has the same type of “’fizz” you’d get from other canned sodas with none of the calories.

Holiday Black Bean Salad

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

 2 (15 ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained

 8 green onions, chopped

 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced

 1 green bell pepper, chopped

 1 avocado - peeled, pitted, and diced

 3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

½ cup pomegranate seeds

 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

 1 lime, juiced

 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing

 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

In a large bowl, combine the black beans, corn, green onions, jalapeno peppers, bell pepper, avocado, pimentos, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, and Italian dressing. Season with garlic salt. Toss, and chill until serving.

Curry n’ a Hurry Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad

½ Costco Rotisserie Chicken, chopped into 1 inch cubes

3 ribs celery, chopped

1 cup seedless red grapes, halved

½ cup shredded carrot

4 scallions, chopped on an angle

1 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons curry powder

Salt and pepper

¾ cup chopped mango

¼ cup (2 ounces) sliced smoked almonds, cashews or walnuts


Combine chicken, celery, red grapes, carrot, mango, nuts and scallions. Add yogurt and curry to the salad and toss to evenly distribute the curry. Season the salad with salt and pepper, to your taste.

Leftover Meal Options:

1.  For lunch the next day, place your leftovers in a pita or high-fiber tortilla for a nutritious sandwich.

2. Another option would be to place the leftovers on a green salad for a high-protein delicious meal.

3. Hollow out a tomato or bell pepper and fill with the salad for high energy lunch.

4. Place a scoop of the salad on top of brown rice or Quinoa and round out by adding in a side of sliced veggies or fruit salad.