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Healthy, balanced meals and travel?

Day 11 of our #12DaysofHolidayGrains Countdown!

Travelling over the holiday season can be tiring without the added worry about eating healthy meals while on the road. We’ve outlined three tips that will help you and your family on your holiday travels:

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Pack Snacks

To start, as soon as we get hungry we crave unhealthy and high caloric meals. To help avoid this over indulgence in greasy/fatty foods try packing more snacks for the whole family. Rice cakes topped with soy butter and banana slices, cheese and crackers, pretzels, dried fruit or nuts, homemade granola bars or soy energy bites are all great road trip snacks!

Don’t skip breakfast

Next, trying to get everyone fed breakfast and out the door is really hard especially first thing in the morning! Getting your energy and other essential nutrients during breakfast will help you stay focused, eat smaller portions, avoid junk food and overall be less hungry all day. Whole wheat toast or oatmeal are a great way to get your fiber, protein and energy needed for the day! Our Overnight Oats in a Jar can be made the night before and waiting for you on those busy mornings, so there’s no excuse to skip breakfast.

Balance

Lastly, this tip might just be the hardest to do while on the road. We’ve spoken about how important it is to be striving for healthy, balanced meals in order to get all the nutrients you need from a variety of sources. While travelling, aim to have veggies or fruits, a whole grain product and your favourite protein sources at every meal.

Need examples?

Try pre-packing lunch kits for the kids that have whole wheat crackers, cheese, sliced meat and cut up carrots and celery is a great way to ensure their getting all their nutrients! A hearty whole grain sandwich with deli meat, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and cheese is also a great meal that is healthy and balanced.

Want to know more about how to create healthy, balanced meals for your family? Check out our #TrainWithGrainsTips !