Good Food for Road Trips

June 16th, 2013 by

 

Driving With KidsRoad-trip season is here, whether it’s just a simple trip down to the city or a cross-country trek to Portland. Chances are you’re going to bring the family too. Eating food you bring rather than food you find on the way will both be cheaper and healthier. Here are a few suggestions for good eats on long trips.

Slice of Fruit or Vegetable Grab Bag

Fruits and vegetables are good foods to have in the car because they don’t change moods. The caffeine in chocolate and soda may make kids more hyper and energetic, while greasy foods may leave them feeling groggy and uncooperative.

My mom used to like to make plastic containers filled with assortments like cucumbers, carrots, a cauliflower, and then watermelon, apples, oranges, and pears. For vegetables, having a side of ranch or humus will make this an even better treat.

Sandwich Supplies

If you eat peanut-butter sandwiches and potato salad as you travel cross-country, things will get pretty dull, pretty quick. Pack a selection of different breads, meats, greens, cheeses, and other toppings, such as pickles and olive. Also don’t forget to bring plenty of hearty condiments, such spicy mustard and tasty mayo.

Non-Sugary Drinks

Soda and other sugary drinks will not only cause a horrible sticky mess is your car, but will also stain. It’s good to stick with a water-only policy to avoid this. Besides a decrease in hyper-activity, non-caffeinated drinks also mean less bathroom stops.

Nut and Berry Mix

Trail mix is nice, but it can be crumbly, making a big mess in the car. Make a mix of dried nuts and berries. Examples include peanuts, cashews, almonds, and walnuts, and raisons and dried cranberries. Be sure to get nuts that are non-salted. Saltier snacks mean you get thirstier, making for, yet again, more bathroom stops.

A Vacuum in a Honda? The 2014 Honda Odyssey is Coming

A unique “HondaVAC” onboard vacuuming system will be available on 2014 Odyssey minivan Touring models. No matter how well regimented a trip, spills will happen in a family vehicle. You could shell out quarters at the gas station to use their vacuum, or you could drag your home vacuum outside. Or you could simply use the HondaVac, discretely located behind a panel in the trunk.  To learn more about the system, please contact Middletown Honda.