Fuss-free food for family car journeys
Ensuring that children have enough food to keep them happy on car journeys can be the crucial difference between having a successful or a stressful trip.
Picnic breaks are ideal, as they provide a great opportunity for children to run about and let off steam. But what if it’s a rainy day, or you don’t have enough time to stop and relax?
Sometimes eating in the car is the only option, and here it can pay to plan ahead. These are some healthy, fuss-free ideas for what food to pack for your journey and produce at the first sign of hunger pangs.
Bored or hungry?
Children sometimes say they are hungry when they are bored – and bored children can be a driver’s worst enemy. You can keep them busy – and quiet – by providing the sort of snacks that are easily opened without any adult help. Dried fruit in a carton, say, or a squeezy yoghurt.
A crumb-free car at journey’s end may seem like an impossible dream, but there are ways of making your journey less messy.
- Dry foods, such as mini cereal snacks in individual plastic pots, wrapped crackers, or oatcakes will not end up as a smeary mess on the seats.
- Instead of sandwiches, you might find that a pitta pocket or a wrap is a better bet than bread, to prevent sandwich ‘fall-out’.
Anyone who has ever collected children from a party knows what happens when they’ve had too many sweets and fizzy drinks. The last thing you want in the back of the car on a long journey is the noisy over-excitement that can follow a sugar rush. A good way of avoiding this is to provide healthy foods designed to provide a slow release of energy.
The healthy option
Most people will want to make sure that the food their children eat on car journeys forms part of their normal healthy diet. It’s easy to pack food that is both portable and nutritious.
- They’ll get some of their five a day if you prepare sticks of vegetables such as carrot, celery or cucumber and keep them fresh in little plastic pots.
- Fruit can be messy, but grapes – preferably seedless – are a good stand-by. Most children also love bananas, once they are old enough to peel them.
- Add some protein, perhaps by cutting some batons of cheese and putting them in a plastic container, or taking sliced meat.
Because you don’t know what hold-ups will lie ahead, it’s a good idea to pack a little more food than you think you might need for your journey. Extra supplies could help keep children happy and occupied in the event of a traffic jam or breakdown.
Planning ahead in this way and making sure you have enough to feed your family will help take the stress out of your journey. Knowing that you have adequate car insurance cover can also set your mind at ease.
Janet Chapman is a freelance writer on a range of topics including lifestyle and family matters. Her interests include cooking, the countryside and trying to train her Rhodesian Ridgeback dog.
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