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Going on a road trip? Here’s something for your tummy!!!

By Rejoice Mathema

Going on a road trip is fun! But a trip without food stuffs for the tummy is definitely not fun.

There’s a lot of food stuffs you can eat on a road trip or when travelling, but the majority of the popular foods are not suitable for the occasion.

When travelling, fast foods which are highly fat-concentrated are the go-to for most people. However, this is not a good option to take.

Often, I have heard of the theory of eating bananas before travelling, or carrying some for the road; and admittedly, I do not know how true the belief that it minimises the need for urine excretion is. But speaking from experience, fruits in general are important when travelling as they are a quick, healthy and convenient snack.

Important to note is that you may not want something that will fill up your stomach and give you problems throughout your journey, hence fruits are a great snack as they are easily digestible. Think of a simple bowl of fresh fruit salad and how it easy it would be to digest.

The goal here is to avoid problems such as constipation by eating foods that are rich in fibre.

Inarguably, fruits are definitely something for those with a sweet tooth too. By all means, avoid food stuffs such as candies, cakes, and sugary beverages.

However, to cure an urge for sweet stuff, a simple bar of dark chocolate can do the trick. Although it is chocolate and it is sweet, it is much healthier than any other sweet food stuffs you can find on the shelves of a supermarket. But be careful not to overeat!

Tips on foodstuffs ideal for a road trip

  1. Have homemade granola bars
  2. Carry a lot of water
  3. Carry fruits
  4. Cut down on the meat
  5. Have sandwiches

Foods to eat on a campsite

There is a wide range of foods that you can eat on a campsite, but most people do not know the easy and highly nutritious recipes to make. Here are some examples of simple and nutritious recipes you can prepare on a campsite:

  1. Grilled chicken kebabs

This is an easy and convenient dish to make. Marinate your chicken cubes for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, fire up your grill and get your campfire going. Prepare your vegetables of choice (tomatoes, onions, peppers, etc). Thread your chicken and vegetables onto skewers. Make sure your grill is not too hot. Cook both sides for about 10 minutes or until cooked. Remove from grill and enjoy!

2. Grilled sausage rolls

Place sausages directly on heat and cook until golden brown. Cut open the rolls and grill if desired. Place sauce, either ready-made or prepared onto rolls. Add vegetables of choice, then add your grilled sausage. Relax and enjoy!!!

3. Cheesy potato

Preheat grill. Cut 4 large pieces of foil about 25cm long. Cut potatoes into medium sized wedges. Toss with oil, garlic powder and oregano then season with salt and pepper. Divide potatoes between foil pieces, completely cover the potatoes with foil. Place foil packets on the grill and wait for about 15 minutes. Unwrap the foil packets and sprinkle cheese of choice (preferably mozzarella and parmesan) onto the potatoes. Fold foil back over the potatoes and cook until the cheese is melty. Top with parsley and enjoy!!!

4. French toast sticks

Cut 4 slices of  bread into 3cm sticks. In a bowl, beat 2 eggs, add  1/2 cup milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Mix until combined. In a pan heat a tablespoon  of butter. Dip the sticks into egg mixture, allow to absorb then place in the pan. Cook sticks until golden on both sides. Serve with maple syrup and some fresh berries… enjoy!!!

Ideally, foods at the campsite should make your life easier. Easy, quick, and nutritious meals are the best to make, and you will look forward to every meal. Remember to start with a good breakfast, and to add the desserts.

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