I hope you’re having fun and also learning about how easy menu planning can actually be when you get down to it with this series on simplifying menu planning. If you’ve not been here in a while, do check out the first two posts on simplifying menu planning and finding the right type of meal plan.
Today, let’s talk about how to keep up with planning healthy meals when you’re out and about. After all, travelling and vacationing shouldn’t be a reason to forget about eating wholesome food.
Plan Grocery Shopping According to Your Itinerary
Look at your travel or vacation schedule. How would you be travelling? By air or by road? How many days would you be staying at a hotel or relative’s place? All these details will allow you to see how many meals you need to plan for, the snacks you’ll need to keep little tummies happy and what to buy to make healthy cooking easier on your host.
Prepare Healthy Snacks and Foods to Make and Carry
Stock up on must-have healthy options before you travel, especially for road trips. Our favourites to carry include chopped veggies to munch on, sandwiches, cookies, mini muffins, granola bars, homemade crisps and water. Yes, we carry our own water and don’t drink juices, sodas or bottled water. Saves money and is healthier and safer too. The Baby and Toddler Cookbook by Karen Ansel and Charity Ferreira has some great make-ahead foods that you can whip up.
Create a Travel Menu Plan
As someone who has raided a hotel buffet more than once only to regret it deeply later, I know how tough eating healthy at a hotel can be. However, here’s my super-simple tip to make sure that you eat healthy at a hotel buffet – Plan your “theme” for all major meals before you travel. For instance,
Monday Breakfast – Cereal and Milk Day. Oats or Cornflakes, you decide!
Tuesday Breakfast – Bread and Eggs Day. Choose from scrambled egg whites or a stuffed omelette with toast, your pick.
So, when you have an idea of what you have to eat, you don’t go crazy at the buffet and gorge on pancakes, sausages, muffins, bacon and eggs all at one go. Don’t ask me how I did this but I did! **laughing**
Meal planning on-the-go can be just as simple as it is when you’re at home. Having a stash of healthy snacks, a broad travel menu plan and some planned grocery shopping will help you plan wholesome eating during a busy season of travelling and holidaying.
How do you make menu planning and healthy eating possible when travelling?
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