Summer is a time for long road trips to exciting places, but it also means having to rely on takeaways unless you plan ahead and pack enough food for the trip. Firstly, make sure you’ve got a cooler box and don’t forget to put the freezer blocks in the freezer the day before you leave. Then, always make sure to have a few litres of cold water close at hand, especially if you’re travelling with pets. Now for the most exciting part of the roadtrip – your padkos. Here are a few ideas for healthy snacks and food:
- Fill plastic containers with dips such as tzatziki and hummus, and place in a bigger bakkie together with cucumber and carrot sticks, baby tomatoes and corn, and some fresh herbs. You can also place crackers in a separate plastic sachet alongside the crudité, to make sure they don’t get damp.
- Pack small tubs of yoghurt together with prepared snack packs of mixed frozen berries such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Either enjoy them as individual snacks or combine the two as one snack.
- Combine dry cranberries, almonds, pupmpkin sees and goji berries for a quick trail mix that can be enjoyed on the road. For sandwiches, use wholewheat or rye bread and line with lettuce so the bread doesn’t get soggy. Fill with roast chicken, salami or ham, and avoid any fillings that’ll get squishy after too long.
- Instead of bringing shop-bought biscuits along for the trip, make some seed-based bars so you’re getting nutrition as well as a sweet fix. We enjoy adding flax seed, dried cranberry and de-hulled sesame seeds to ours.