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Moveable Feast – Travel Snacks and Ideas for Kids

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Summer has arrived in the UAE and it won’t be long before many families begin travel to cooler grounds.  Travelling with children comes with many challenges, especially if you are trying to maintain a healthy and wholesome diet and have certain foods that you don’t eat. Travel is incredibly important to our family, so we have quickly learnt a few tricks on how to easily prepare and undertake a few days to a few weeks away, with a baby or toddler and still eat well.

 

1.  Take as much as you can with you: Whilst you already have more luggage than you could ever have imagined now that you travel with a child, taking supplies with you is a great idea both in your suit case and on the plane.  I make a variety of snack food the day before travelling and pack them in some air tight containers.  I find the flights the most difficult, because there is usually no option for extra food for your baby (unless you want it in a jar), so having your own food here is a saviour.  I always make sure we have lots of fruit as well as they're easy, healthy snacks to get your child through the journey (e.g. bananas, avocado, pears, apples, plums).

2.  Take your own water: I've never encountered a problem with taking water through security in different countries.  Some don't even ask you to take it out of your bag, whereas others will take the liquid for testing, but they will return it.  Flight attendants are usually also really helpful with refilling water bottles on flights too.

3. Continue to eat healthy: Most places you go will be able to accommodate your healthy eating practices, even if it means that you eat a few simpler meals while you are travelling, like steamed fish and vegetables, grilled chicken etc rather than curries or stews.  Ask for them to be cooked with no salt or butter for your child.

4.  Do some research before you go:  Have a look at the location you're going to and see what restaurants you have around you and enquire with hotels if there are any supermarkets to purchase bits and pieces.  Also check with your hotel on its kitchen facilities and whether you can cook any of your own food in your room.

5.  Don't stress too much if you can't stay completely on track: You may have times where your child is on your lap and you have no table, so feeding them with a spoon is the only successful option.  When you return home and get back to your normal schedule, eating habits will return to normal too.

 

One of my favourite items to take with me on holidays are my simple crackers.  They’re great for young ones to chew on when you’re ascending or descending in the plane to clear their ears and are a good, healthy snack to have if you’re waiting in queues.

 

Almond Crackers

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 cup of almond flour/meal
  • 2 tbsp of coconut flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • Black pepper to taste

 

Method:

 

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • Line a baking tray (approx 36cm x 27cm) with baking paper (or use a silicone baking mat)
  • Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl until combined
  • Gather the mixture in your hands and make it into a ball, then place it on the baking mat. Place another piece of baking paper on top (I lightly oil this with coconut oil to ensure the mixture doesn't stick)
  • Use a rolling pin to flatten the mixture out until it covers the baking tray (it should be a few millimetres thin)Crackers rolling 2
  • Remove the top baking paper and slice into squares using a pizza cutterCrackers sliced
  • Place in the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes until the pieces around the edge are slightly browned
  • Let them cool and then the pieces will come apart easily, ready to eat or store in the cupboard
  • Makes 24-30 biscuits that will last a week in an airtight container

 

Almond crackers

 

NB: I introduced these at about 7 months, just after I tested for egg allergies.

 

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Contributed by Bec McLean

Bec is a stay at home mum living in Abu Dhabi, with one daughter and a son on the way. She is passionate about providing her family with wholesome, nutritious food and loves experimenting in the kitchen with different, healthy options that the whole family can enjoy. She has created a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/paleobabyledweaning) and Instagram account (paleo_baby_led_weaning) to share baby led weaning recipes, using wholesome ingredients, with other Mums around the world.

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