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Travelling with kids? Try these healthy fast food alternatives and tips to keep the kids healthy

It’s easier than you think to stay healthy when travelling.

Travelling with the family doesn’t have to mean burgers and fries at every stop.

When you’re travelling with kids, it’s easy to throw all nutritional concerns out the window and feel the need to load up on packaged snacks, full of salt and additives, for the sake of a stress-free journey.

Here are some healthy alternatives to fast food to keep your little ones well-nourished on your travels.

Pack healthy snacks

These days, it’s really not too difficult to find healthy snacks. If you’re looking for long-lasting healthy treats, try these on for size:

  • Dried fruit
  • Fresh fruit – apples, bananas
  • Cereal bars
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cheese sticks
  • Rice cakes and peanut butter
  • Almonds and other nuts
  • Popcorn (without the butter and salt)
  • Dark chocolate bites

Buy healthy snacks

If you do need to buy snacks on the road, you’ll probably feel overwhelmed with choice – of the unhealthy variety. Service stations are full of chocolate and chips – and, not much else. You can, however, find some healthy snacks if you look carefully.

Look for:

  • Yoghurt
  • Sandwiches
  • Rice cakes
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fruit-based ice blocks
  • Salt-reduced popcorn

Plan ahead

Whether you’re taking a plane or embarking on a road trip, you’ll already have a clear idea of your destination. Research which restaurants are available along the way, and know you don’t have to stop at the first fast food restaurant you see. This can be especially helpful if you’re all getting hungry and angry (hangry) in the lead-up to mealtimes – and are feeling the pressure to stop at the first take-away restaurant you see.

Snack often

Snacking on healthy treats will also avoid potential hangriness and keep your kids nourished between meals.

BYO eski

If you’re going on a driving holiday, there’s no reason why you can’t bring pre-prepared healthy meals in a small eski and eat them on the go, instead of stopping at fast-food restaurants. This also has the added bonus of saving you money!

BYO vitamins

If you’re worried your kids won’t be getting their 2 fruit and 5 vegetable servings when you’re travelling, supplementing can help to fill some gaps. Speak to your doctor about the most suitable vitamins for your kids.

Choose healthy options

Sometimes, you may find you end up at a fast food joint because there’s simply no other option. Try and choose the healthiest menu items. Avoid fries, burgers and nuggets – and opt for meals containing salads, vegetables and fruits. Keep your eye out for chains that promote healthy options like – Oliver’s Real Food – they offer healthy, organic fast food.

Finally, drink more water

Encouraging your kids to sip water frequently will prevent dehydration and avoid the little ones feeling like they need to eat when they’re really just thirsty. (You may need to stop more often at toilets, though).

Category: Wellness


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Article by: Defence Health