As much work as this all takes before we leave, it's the choice that I have made for my family. Once we are on vacation, I do let my kids live a little! We will have ice cream cones, make s'mores at the camp site and have chips and other special treats on the beach. I just think, what I can control for my family, I do most of the time. It's just a really unhealthy world out there with little to no healthy options so it's a must for us to prepare. The kids also love being a part of the cooking and baking, which makes it a great activity with many OT benefits as well!
As we head out the door this afternoon to go camping, this is what I have in my travel healthy arsenal. I've also added some extras that I am not bringing this trip, but I pack along with us at times. Another quick side note, we often times are staying in a house or cabin when we go away. This times it's a tent, but we will still be cooking our own food. It's rare we are in a hotel room for more than one night, which makes cooking while we are away easier as well! Everything listed below is also organic. I buy all organic and use all organic or local ingredients free from pesticides, gmo's, etc. All, which I believe, are contributing to the many issues in our society including: cancer, developmental delays, autism, allergies, asthma and obesity to name a few.
These require some prep work and making. I started making things on Wednesday, such as jam dots to not be so overwhelmed on Friday morning! I also make all of these food gluten free as wheat and gluten impacts my one son Henry.
- Mung (Moong) Bean Pancakes (I never travel without these!)
- Homemade Granola Bars (Great for the kids when they wake up in the morning)
- Oat Muffins (Another breakfast option as well)
- Banana Bread
- Jam Dots (overcook these a little and they make a great teething cookie!)
- Kale Chips
- Celery with sun butter or almond butter
Other foods that I always have with us:
- Pirate Booty (This trip it's corn sticks)
- Carrots and cucumber slices (for my older son I will let him dip them in hummus, which is packed in another small container that he can fit in his lap)
- String beans are also a great option
- Banana chips and peanut butter
- You can pack all this food in glass or bpa free plastic containers (even bpa free plastic contains some amount of bpa so limit your plastic use) instead of baggies or foil
- There are plenty of compostable paper plate options nowadays
- I have great plasticware from the coop that is heavy duty, and I rewash instead of throw out
- As with the food, bring all the "equipment" that you need and can bring home and wash instead of buying things while you're out and throwing things away