Eating real food while on vacation to maintain a healthy lifestyle can be tricky – especially if you’re on a road trip. Eating out for every meal can be expensive, too. With a little preparation, eating real food wherever you’re traveling can keep health a priority and keep the costs down.
- core apples and slice for quick eating, dipping or spreading
- carrots and celery are always great for dipping and munching
- green beans, snap peas in still in their pods, and cucumbers are also good for packing
If you’ve got time and a cooler, here are some tasty and easy dips to make.
- Sour Cream Chipotle Sauce – chips, veggies, burritos or tacos – yum!
- Smoked Salmon Spread – perfect on crackers or bread – it’s a meal
- Cream Cheesy Garlic Spread – skip the store bought and try this super easy recipe!
- Cheddar Curry Spread – so tasty and garlicky
- Greek Yogurt Dill Dip – grab a spoon – you’ll want it!
- White Bean Dip with Roasted Garlic – little different than hummus and a good base for sandwiches
- Water: A water container and cups or water bottles for each person. When our kids were little, I’d keep a thermos of water in my backpack and carry small plastic cups. Small cups also help if kids haven’t mastered the drinking fountain if you’re traveling with young children.
- Peanut butter: Don’t leave home without it. Peanut butter (or your nut butter of choice) is an easy lunch with bread and fruit. It’s an instant picnic and no one will starve with a quick peanut butter sandwich. Don’t try to carry on peanut butter on an airplane. It doesn’t pass the TSA screening and I nearly cried when I watched my organic peanut butter jar get tossed into the garbage can on a trip not too long ago. (Local food banks should have a donation bins at every airport for just this reason!) If checking luggage, tuck it in there. If only bringing carry-on (very smart of you! ), just buy some when you arrive at your destination.
- Wooden knife: OK, it’s not really a knife but is more of a spreader but it works to cut most items or is it more of a dig into most items? Either way its useful when spreading peanut butter or for slicing soft cheeses. It also gets through security at the airport so let’s call it a spreader, shall we?
- Dried fruit: Dried fruit fills in for us if we’re camping and can’t hit a market and we need something from the fruit and vegetable food group. Be sure to check ingredients on the packaging if buying. Often times, sweeteners and preservatives are added.
That’s my routine for keeping my family fed on the go – and out of fast food joints or restaurants. Not always fancy but satisfying and healthy. We’re back on the go quickly, too.
What food do you always pack when traveling? How do you stay healthy on a road trip or vacation?