Summer is fast approaching, can you feel it? The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, people are happier - I know my mood definitely improves when the sun comes out! This is my favorite time of year for so many reasons. I love the beach, the summer festivals, all the fresh vibrant food, and I especially love going on road trips exploring New Zealand.
It's easy to survive on crappy junk food and petrol station pies when you're traveling though (yes husband I'm talking to YOU!) so I always stock up on before we leave on healthy snacks that aren't going to cause dramas in the car. Have learned my lesson there after that one time Lily drank a shitload of beetroot juice and threw up everywhere. It was a work of art that our poor vehicle never really recovered from.
Now it's all about coordinating snacks that please everyone. Lily is three now and as long as I don't commit the cardinal parenting sin not asking her exactly what she wants before giving it to her she's fine. My husband is definitely the fussier one but I guess I'll keep him anyway ;-)
These are my favourites to take on the road, so hopefully it helps give some ideas!
Always lots of fresh fruit and veggies that are easy to snack on. These baby bananas don't seem to bruise nearly as much as the bigger ones and they're great for smaller kids who might not be able to finish a regular one. They're also pretty much always perfectly ripe so no waiting!
Capsicums (bell peppers) which are generally eaten as a vegetable in savoury dishes and salads, are actually a fruit and I love eating them like an apple. Orange and red are the sweetest varieties. Lily loves baby tomatoes so they're a great car snack for her
Crunchy pears and apples don't bruise easily so they're great for traveling.
Rice cakes are thin and crunchy, great to eat on their own or with toppings. Great if we want to take some avocadoes tomatoes etc and stop for a little picnic somewhere.
Roasted seaweed is salty and delicious, one of my favorite snacks for the family because it provides a ton of iodine which a lot of people in New Zealand are deficient in, especially if you don't use iodised table salt.
I always take granola on trips, because it's not only raw and healthy but it's frickin amaze . We just snack on it straight from the bag. Oh and dark chocolate. No explanation required, just chocolate.
I take my reusable coffee cup everywhere for when we find great little cafes and I can get an almond milk latte. I also use it to mix water with V8 fruit & vegetable juice for Lily because there is no spillage. She thinks this is a special treat as she mostly just drinks water.
Its Us adults love V8 too, Pineapple Passion Fusion is our favorite. We like to drink it served in a wine glass topped with sparkling water - it makes it feel special even if you’re not drinking alcohol!
I also love the Original as a quick way to get some veggies in first thing in the morning, I’ll often have a chug straight from the bottle when I’m running out the door if I don’t have time to make a proper breakfast. Its surprisingly filling, and really low in sugar.
Thanks to V8 for making this post possible - they have a ton of new flavours out, you can find them all here