Healthy snacks while on the road
Eating healthily while you're travelling can be challenging. But here are some tips to help.
Sitting down for long periods of time in the car or on a plane means you use less energy than normal, and you are at risk of ‘boredom’ eating (non – hungry eating). In addition, "usually, snacks available at road-side stops or on board flights are not ideal nutritionally," says Natasha Murray, Spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Pack a road-side picnic
- Whole or sliced fresh fruit .
- Add diced, sliced, grated, frozen fruit or vegetables to wholegrain-based batter to make pikelets or muffins.
- Pre-slice some tomato, cheese and cucumber. Pack into containers to make sandwiches on the go with small tins of tuna or salmon in springwater .
- Rice or water crackers or plain air-popped popcorn.
- Cut raw vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Pack a homemade dip such as hummus or tzatziki.
- Small cans of ‘no added salt’ bean salad mix or corn.
- Small handful of unsalted nuts for older children and adults.
- Frozen yoghurt – and it also helps to keep other food cool in a freezer bag.
- Plenty of water.
Prepare your own in-flight meal
- Whole or sliced fresh fruit
- Rice crackers, water crackers, pretzels, air popped popcorn
- Your own water bottle (remember to fill it up after the security check)
- Pre-made sandwiches.