Friday marks the beginning of Easter Holidays for students throughout the province. Easter Holidays are always a great time to travel with family and friends. Whether you’re flying somewhere warm and sunny, traveling to visit family, or driving hours across the province to attend your child’s Provincial hockey tournament you’ll still need to take care of your hunger and eat!
When traveling, we often expect that we will “eat badly” as our schedules won’t be normal and availability to healthy food is next to impossible. We tend to choose quicker and easier food options that are high in calories, fat, sodium and low in nutrition. To keep your routine, and maintain those healthy eating habits when travelling it’s always best to plan ahead and prepare.
Foods that are easy to prepare and take with you on long trips are finger foods, those foods that don’t require heating and healthier pre-packaged food choices. Below are some tips that you can try for your travels:
- If in a vehicle, bring a small cooler with ice for the foods that need to be kept cool and if you are flying, put an icepack in a small lunch bag.
- Don’t forget to bring some cutlery, napkins and small disposable plates if you need them.
- Finger food choices: sandwiches, wraps, cheese and crackers, crackers and peanut butter, fruit and veggies that are pre cut, bananas, homemade muffins (ie. banana), trail mix (homemade), dry cereal in small ziplock bags, and ice water in water bottles to keep cool.
- Pre-packaged food choices: Granola bars, yogurt cups, yogurt tubes, fruit cups (in water or own juice), cheese strings and 100% juice packs.
I hope you find the time to plan for your travels and prepare some of the above snacks when you are traveling this Easter Holiday!
Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador