Heathy Food Recipes for Road Trips

Road trips can be such fun with the little ones, but what do you do when their tummies start to rumble? Options for healthy food while on the go with the family are easier to find than you might think.

Fruits and vegetables
Who doesn't love berry picking in the sunshine? One for the basket, one for me! If you're taking a drive in the countryside, make a game out of berry picking and have fun while snacking. If the kids aren't fans of berries, try to plan a trip to a cherry farm or an orchard if it's along the way.

Country towns often have locally grown fruits and vegetables on sale. Whether fresh, dried, stewed or preserved, sweet fruits and crunchy veggies will delight and satisfy hungry little tummies. These will also be handy for yourself for recipes you can follow at home later on.

Healthy food such as fresh fruit, cereal and sometimes bags of vegetable sticks can often be found in petrol stations and convenience stores. Check sell-by dates and make sure you wash fruit thoroughly before consuming.

Mums can almost always be counted on to make sandwiches for road trips. That's what we do! Why not make them a little more exciting by wrapping them in coloured paper and ribbons or layering with different coloured breads and spreads? Stop by the road and have a picnic in the great outdoors.

Choose mini-breads like bagels and bridge rolls, or use cookie cutters to make their sandwiches more fun. Choosing what goes into the picnic basket gives you control of what the kids eat, but try letting them get creative and make their own sandwiches.

If you're feeling brave, let them concoct something for you. Keeping packets of crackers and their favourite spread in the glove compartment will help with emergency hunger pangs, and don't forget the wet wipes for those sticky jam-covered fingers.

Local produce
If you get the chance, try out local delicacies. Get advice from locals in the area on where to go for fresh, healthy recommendations, and do a little bit of exploring while you're at it.

It would also help to do a little bit of research before setting off. Visits to certain farms may allow the opportunity to pick or catch your own lunch; another perfect opportunity to get the family involved.


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If weather suits, have an impromptu barbecue out in the sun. Disposable barbecues are available in most supermarkets, as are healthy meats and fresh vegetables. Barbeques are great as a family mealtime option, and would serve as a comforting source of heat for the family to huddle around and keep warm if the weather is chilly.

If the kids have been well-behaved, reward them with something a bit naughty to nibble on. Give them a treat and stave off hunger with the occasional milkshake or ice cream. Rice crackers and muesli bars are healthier options, and slip quite nicely into backpacks.

Look for bags of mixed nuts in petrol stations, or keep some in your handbag just in case. Dried fruits, fruit straps and fruit pots are also wholesome, healthy snacks that can be easily transported and will satisfy sugar cravings.

Road trips are family time spent together. Fill those precious hours not just with adventure, but also yummy food that everyone can enjoy. Happy travels!

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