LETA LINDLEY: Traveling with children can be challenging even for the most experienced of travelers. My husband and I have been traveling with our kids since our son Cole was thirteen weeks old - he is six years old now, so Cole has his fair share of frequent flyer miles! Probably one of the most difficult parts of being on the road is feeding our family healthy foods, especially going through the airport. Here are a few of my tips for families traveling this summer.
Stay in kitchenettes like a Residence Inn or Staybridge Suites. It is a bit more expensive, but usually breakfast is free and there is a grill for cooking in the evenings. You will save a lot of money by eating in and you can feed your family healthy food instead of eating fast food. We love having spaghetti, grilled fish, or chicken with yummy salads and fresh vegetables.
Stock up on fruits and veggies before hitting the road. Forget the pop tarts... Trust me - if fruits and veggies are the only thing to eat and the kids are hungry they will eat it.
I started making homemade granola bars because my daughter is allergic to all nuts. I pre-make a batch before we hit the road and the kids have a healthy treat when we are on the plane or in the car. With oats, wheat flour, and chopped dried fruit, these bars taste great and are healthy. I control the sugar and I know there are no additives or preservatives in the bars.
When going out to restaurants, try to split meals. The portions are always too much for one person. Choose grilled chicken with pasta and share some with your child. You end up eating less by sharing and grilled chicken is a better option than most items on the children's menu.
Happy traveling! Leta