Its said that kids learn the most when the travel. Travelling to new destinations, travelling to family homes, travelling for weddings or travelling to unwind; food during these trips gives all mothers nightmares. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your trip an enjoyable experience.
TRAVELLING WITH TODDLERS
Travelling with toddlers requires extra caution. If your toddler is on breast milk, then there is no reason to worry. But if your toddler is on top feed, these are the food you must include in your travel bag;
- Home made formula – you just need to add water and its done
- Milk powder – as a replacement for milk
- Nut powders – to make a quick milkshake
- Orange/ lemon juicer – to squeeze fresh juices
- A small rice cooker – to cook porridge, rice, soup, purees
TRAVELLING WITH KIDS
Travelling with kids can be tricky. If your child is a picky eater, plan your travel route well, marking out good restaurants along the journey. Note the following points while choosing meals for your little ones
- Ensure a hot meal three times a day – i.e breakfast, lunch and dinner. This prevents untimely hunger pangs, keeps up their energy and nutrition quotient and prevents illness
- Choose fresh preparations over packet preparations eg. parathas or idli over instant noodles
- Ensure that each main meal is well balanced i.e. a combination of cereal + vegetable + protein. Examples – gobi paratha + curd, masala dosa + sambar, chicken curry +rice, penne arrabiata with feta cheese, chicken salad sandwich
- Choose fresh fruit, nuts, trail mixes as mid meal snacks
It is wise to stock up on a few emergency health foods while travelling with your kids. These rescue you during long journeys, emergency hunger pangs, unavailability of hygienic food, for picky eaters.
- Homemade granola bars, nutrition bars
- Trail mixes
- Home made cookies
- Baked crackers
- Roasted chivda
- Roasted chickpeas
- Puffed fox nut (makhana)
Travel teaches kids to adapt new cultures, new cuisines and new traditions. The more a child is exposed to local cuisines, the better developed are his taste buds, and they grow up to be lesser picky eaters. Plus, eating local means that you ensure you eat fresh, seasonal food that is devoid of preservation and chemicals. Local food is also best suited for the local climatic conditions, hence lesser chances of your children attracting infections.
WATCH OUT FOR
While we exercise utmost caution while feeding our kids, tiny aspects of travel may go unnoticed. Check out these pointers to help your kids stay fit while travelling.
- Avoid roadside food – no matter how delicious it is. Children may not be able to fight the infection it brings along
- Avoid raw foods like curd, chutneys, juices, salads, cold sandwiches and tap water
- Do not eat food without washing hands with soap or a sanitizer – even if you are using a fork/spoon to eat
- Use disposable tissue napkins to wipe you face/ hands v/s reusable cloth towels while eating at restaurants
- Prevent your children from touching or eating after dinner mouth fresheners serves at Indian restaurants. They are the most contaminated