“Are we THERE yet?”
Every parent’s worst nightmare on a long drive, right?
You’re no sooner out of the driveway before the incessant nagging begins.
Enjoy a lot less “are-we-there-yets” with the help of Montagu’s super, fuss-free road trip snacking ideas below. You’re welcome!
Firstly, remember the 3 P’s of Healthy Road Trip Snacking
- Plan – plan ahead and shop in advance for all your tasty, nutritious goodies.
- Prep – slice, dice and prepare all your snacks for easy packing before you head out.
- Pack – pack everything you need the night before in handy zip lock bags and cooler tote bags.
Viva Fruit and Veg!
Tasty, super healthy and mess-free, fruit and veggie snacks are a win (if you make them exciting for kids).
Choose fruit that is easy to peel and not overly juicy. Also, skip anything that could stain, like berries and cherry tomatoes.
Some firm favourites – ideal for dipping in hummus, guac or peanut butter!
- Carrot sticks
- Broccoli or cauliflower florets
- Snap peas
- Celery sticks
- Apple wedges
Go for Protein
Protein is the key to sustained energy – it’s the ultimate hunger-buster. When tummies are fuller for longer. You need to be chowing on protein-rich snacks, such as:
- Cheese and whole-grain crackers
- Hard-boiled eggs (maybe keep the windows open for these!)
- Unsweetened yoghurt
- Chickpeas (or hummus)
- Unsalted nuts and seeds
- Biltong and droëwors
Nuts and seeds are packed full of protein, fibre and healthy fats. Cashews, sunflower seeds, pistachios, walnuts, almonds – whatever takes your fancy, Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts has it in store.
Raw Date and Nut Truffles
Montagu’s newly launched raw date and nut truffles are a fantastic snack, packed with nature’s sunshine energy. They’re small enough to pop into your snack bag, and the entire family is guaranteed to enjoy them on the road.
The 100% raw, gluten-free truffles are also Vegan friendly and come in four tasty flavours to satisfy a variety of palates: sweet Cinnamon, tropical Coconut, juicy Cranberry and spicy Ginger.
A South African essential, biltong is a must-have in your road trip snack bag. Montagu’s range of delicious biltong is sure to to become a family favourite, so be sure to stock up on your biltong favourites in store.
The new Montagu biltong range consists of 24 products to satisfy your biltong cravings. From sliced beef biltong (available in original and chilli flavours), beef chips (original flavour), snapsticks (BBQ, chili, original and chutney flavours), and biltong nuggets (chilli and original flavours), to snack packs (original flavour) and original-flavoured droëwors…. the choices are endless.
Keep it Sweet
For kids and grownups, it can be tough to make it through a long journey without something sweet to snack on. Instead of that sugar-bomb bag of M&M’s filled with empty calories, rather pack in some healthier alternatives for when (and it will) the sugar-craving strikes.
- Dark chocolate (from 70% up)
- Granola bars
- Fruit lollies
- Caramel covered nuts
Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts has a great selection of healthier sweetie options. Their caramel almonds and cashews combine all the goodness of nuts with the deliciousness of caramel. The fruit lollies, papaya cubes and red sugar peanuts are also a favourite among customers. Although these are healthier options, don’t overdo it with the sweet treats. Remember, everything in moderation.
When you’re organising car snacks, don’t forget about drinks. Here are some healthier alternatives to fizzy sodas:
- Fruit juice boxes with a low sugar content (diluted if possible)
- Coconut water
- Milk or almond milk
- Water, of course (you can always add some mint, lemon or even strawberries to your water to give it that something special)
If you follow the 3 P’s and choose healthy snacks, you’ll be able to resist those junk food cravings and get your family ready for the adventure ahead.
Buckle up, be safe and enjoy your epic adventures and memory-making these holidays!