Is the weather warm where you are? Here in the south, everything is in bloom and the temperature is starting to rise. Pretty soon it will be vacation time for our family. We do a lot of traveling in the spring and summer months because living near the mountains and the beach makes planning weekend getaways or simple day trips absolutely irresistible.
There’s only one problem. Taking a trip means time spent in the car and driving by all those billboards and exit signs alerting us to the endless selection of fast food restaurants can be tempting. That being said, nothing makes me feel more like a lousy parent than feeding my baby greasy road food for multiple meals during a particularly long drive. So, a couple of summers ago I sat down and devised a plan to combat the temptation to visit a drive-thru.
The first thing I did was buy a quality cooler to bring along on our drive. Before any trip, I pack it full of healthy foods with a mind toward minimizing messes — organic apples, bananas, and carrots are a few tried and true favorites. Another treat my kids love is Yo Baby Drinkables. I love these too because I can pour them into their sippy cups and bam! Instant yogurt breakfast. Bonus! They are also organic.
I find that having foods to snack on during the trip keeps the kids occupied and their tummies full which stops us from grabbing something unhealthy in the gas station on our tenth pit stop for a bathroom break. This is step one of my “eat healthy while away from home” plan.
Now for step two. The temptation to opt for quick and usually unhealthy food doesn’t stop once we arrive at our destination, but figuring out where to buy fresh, organic food can be tricky when in an unfamiliar locale. The answer to this problem, for me, is an online resource called Local Harvest. Using the site you can easily search for farmers’ markets in the area. A quick google for Whole Foods stores in the area helps, too.
If possible, we try and cook most of our meals while on vacation. It saves big on expenses and helps ensure we’re eating nutritious food.
Do you have any tips for eating organic while traveling?
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