Portable Snacking: Kid-Friendly Healthy Treats for Your Next Road Trip
It can sometimes be difficult to make healthy choices and eat all natural foods when we’re on the go. With sugar-loaded, artificially coloured convenience foods and snacks lurking around every corner, feeding yourself and your kids healthy treats and wholesome snacks can be tough!
This is particularly true when travelling. Now that summer vacation season is fast-approaching you might be planning a road trip or getaway, which obviously calls for some portable snacks to keep tummies full and tempers steady.
The good news is that you don’t have to resort to gas station candies, or a pit-stop at the drive-thru burger joint. With a little forethought and planning, you can create healthy snacks that are perfect for when you’re out and about!
Prepping for Health: Eco-Friendly Food Packaging
You may not realise it, but convenience foods come with more hazards than just their ingredients and preservatives.
A study by the Silent Spring Institute actually found that one third of fast food packaging contains fluorinated chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, thyroid problems, and changes in hormone functioning, as well as a decreased immune response in children!
Suffice to say, it isn’t enough to ensure the food you eat is natural and healthy — the packaging has to be, too. This is why if you’re creating your own healthy snacks, you need to ensure that you prepare and package them correctly.
It’s a good idea to invest in some ‘green’ food containers and cutlery, such as the following:
- Reusable snack bags
- Biodegradable food boxes
- Reusable food containers (such as stainless steel varieties)
- Eco-friendly tupperware boxes (BPA-free plastic)
- Wooden cutlery
Some of the above items are one-use, but biodegradable (and recyclable). Others are reusable; so you get a lot more bang for your buck, and can reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. Less waste = a greener planet, after all.
Healthy Snack Recipes for Travelling
These portable, fridge-free healthy treat recipes are perfect for road trips, days out at the beach, or any time where you know you’ll be away from home.
These are great for popping into a ziplock bag and munching throughout your trip.
Simply slow roast peanuts, pecans, walnuts, cashews — or any other nuts you fancy — with drizzle of organic honey and a little salt. If you’re looking for simple and healthy treats, nuts are definitely the way to go!
Jerky is great for a healthy protein hit — but the store bought varieties often contains artificial preservatives and a lot of sodium!
Making jerky is simple: just mix together garlic powder, a little organic honey, paprika, and black pepper in a bowl, and brush onto thinly sliced beef strips (top round). Bake the strips in a preheated oven at 175 degrees for 3 to 4 hours until dry and deliciously chewy.
These are great healthy treats and are perfect for travelling or for keeping in the pantry at home.
Simply mix together 2 cups of rolled oats with half a cup of organic maple syrup, sunflower seeds, a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil and a sprinkling of dried mixed berries. Spread the mixture onto a lined baking tray, and bake for 25 minutes until golden, at about 325 degrees. Once cooled, cut into bite-size pieces and enjoy with a sliced apple.
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