My husband and I decided to take a short day trip on New Year’s Day, spur of the moment. The weather was much warmer than usual, with little wind. Our choice was Chickasaw Nat’l. Recreation Area in Davis, OK. With adult children no longer at home it was easy enough to quickly get ourselves ready and out the door. The only issue was what to do for food. We didn’t want to spend a long time in preparation, nor did we want to rely on fast food.
After checking the fridge and freezer here is what I came up with: homemade hummus I had in the freezer, some organic tortilla chips, carrot and celery sticks, apples, boiled eggs and nuts. We were able to get it all into the ice chest quickly with little delay for our trip.
By the way if you haven’t visited this lovely park, I encourage you to do so. We enjoyed the day hiking the trails. In the past we’ve also taken along our bikes. In the summertime there is an ice cold natural spring that runs through the park if you are brave enough to jump in! My favorite time to visit is a warmer day in the winter or spring – no bugs or humidity and not nearly as many people!
Since vacation time is quickly approaching I want to give you some easy ideas for food that is quick, tastes good, and is easy to pack in a cooler. It’s also a whole lot better for you than stopping at all the fast food places along the highway. Plus it’s so nice to stop at a park or rest area, stand up to eat and then take a quick walk before hitting the road again.
These ideas also work for lunches. So here you go: Veggies such as carrots, celery, bell pepper, cucumbers, grape tomatoes. Homemade ranch dressing or hummus for dipping. Fruit such as apple slices, grapes, strawberries, orange segments, bananas. Boiled eggs (don’t forget small containers of salt and pepper!), wraps using organic lunch meat and homemade tortillas, nuts and seeds, yogurt with homemade granola, berries or jam made with 100% fruit. Bottled kombucha (my favorite brand is GT’s and I love the gingerberry or gingeraid) or green smoothies packed on ice or frozen (leave time to thaw before you need it!). Cheese slices or cottage cheese. I have a homemade Texas Caviar (made with beans, chopped bells, jalapeno, etc. with an oil dressing) that travels well and is eaten with tortillas chips. Having a supply of cookies and muffins made with healthful ingredients ready in the freezer is nice! I don’t have all of these on hand every time we need travel food but I usually have some of them.
What healthy, tasty options do you like to take on trip?