Road Trippin’ Eats

July 2, 2011

This week I was sent to Country Victoria for some fairly last-minute work. I have done a bit of rural work in the past for very short stints (maximum 5 days), and I do love a good Aussie Country town, so I was a little excited when early Wednesday morning I got into my car and headed North.

My destination was Shepparton, where I would spend two days this week and next. I am used to driving fairly long distances, so the 2.5 hour trip didn’t bother me so much. In fact, I was rather excited by the prospect of menu planning

I thought it may be fun to show you how I plan my food on such trips. Apparently I’m not normal (pffft), and most people don’t go to this much effort to ensure they have food that they enjoy, without having to spend much money. I don’t know, maybe it will take a while before the ‘poor student’ mentality leaves me. In the meantime, I’m happy saving my pennies for special things like travelling overseas (hello USA in 4 weeks time!)

Road Trippin’ Eats

*disclaimer: all photos were taken while the car was stationary. I’m a big advocate of not touching your phone while driving. It’s so dangerous. Don’t do it. That is all.

The night before I left, I made Bircher Muesli (albeit a very quick, no fuss version, as it was rather late and I was tired). I simply mixed Rolled Oats and Sultanas with a dash of Skim Milk and loads of Vanilla Yoghurt. By the time I ate it in the morning the oats had absorbed the yoghurt and the sultanas too, making them super plump and utterly delicious. Usually I add grated apple and chia seeds along with the yoghurt before soaking overnight, and I love to serve it with toasted almond flakes and fresh blueberries. I adore Bircher Muesli.

Wednesday morning I left home at 6:15am, and only drove for 10 minutes before my first stop. For coffee. Naturally.

I was rather impressed with my Skim Latte from McCafe (Don’t judge me! What else is open that early??)

An hour later I ate my Bircher Muesli at a pit stop, a nice way to break up the trip. I think I was somewhere south of Kalkallo (these towns have such Aussie names, don’t they?)

Around 9am I got into Shepparton and headed straight to work. I made sure to pack my food for the day, as I didn’t want to have to waste time driving into the town centre for nourishment.

So, without a lot of time for prep or planning, lunch consisted of Carrots, Cruskits, Tuna and Yoghurt. Random, but it worked. Usually I favour Vita-Weats as a cracker (they’re more nutritious), but I had a packet of Cruskits in the cupboard so I took them instead.

Come the afternoon I was rather ravenous. So some definite snackage took place…

Cute little Apples.

Fresh Dates – nature’s candy, I swear they’re the most delicious sweet ever.

Chicknuts – I’m loving these roasted chickpeas for a crunchy snack. You can find them at Woolworths. I often put them out for nibbles when I have friends over for dinner. They’re a source of protein too (although they’re not low in sodium).

Dinner required a little googling, hoping to find some sort of noodle joint. Noodles Boxes and the like are my never fail Country dining option. While I do like the idea of a good old fashioned Country pub meal (please forgive my excessive stereotyping), the last thing I want to do after a long day is eat out. I much prefer to hop in the shower, throw on my trackies and hoodie, grab some take-out and plop on the bed watching some tv. It’s nice. And you can’t go too wrong with noodles. I always ask for more veggies and tofu than noodles (I never order meat from places like this – too many bad experiences with dodgy, fatty cuts), and stick with soy sauce based sauces, to avoid that “urgh” greasy feeling in my stomach.

And that was dinner – Vegetable and Tofu Noodle Box. Eaten sitting on my motel bed. With wooden chopsticks. Watching Masterchef and Offspring. Then Dirty Dancing came on. It was a good tv night.

Chocolate was also consumed. Koko Black 74% Dark Chocolate, but that didn’t get photographed…it was just eaten.

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The next day for breakfast I microwaved some Baked Oatmeal, leftover from my brunch. I served it with beautiful Strawberries, also leftover from said brunch (they were amazing, thanks phe!) and Vanilla Yoghurt.

Lunch was Cruskits, tuna and yoghurt again.

Then after some more work it was home time! A quick stop off in Nagambie on the way for a Tea

…before devouring my BFF Brownie. It was decidedly smushed after being in by bag all day, but it was still gooooood. Carrots were also munched.

And then I was home…

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So there you have it! That is how I do a road trip and a couple of days away from home. All in all I spent $3.25 on my Skim Latte, $14.95 on the noodles (I know, right? Apparently extra veggies costs more…) and $2 on my tea. I feel rather thrifty and fabulous.

I have been informed by many, on numerous occasions, that I am far more keen than most to pack my Bircher Muesli and snacks the night before an early start… Yet I really don’t feel that Road Trippin’ need cost you a bundle and make you to forget healthy habits. It just takes a little motivation, planning and prep, and you’re good to go. Thrifty and fabulous.

Heidi xo

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  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) July 2, 2011 at 8:16 am

    You're eats look great and very healthy and delicious! I always pack my own food when I'm away from home. Not only because I like it better, but because I don't know whether I find something that goes well with my body so easily. So, I'm pretty used to getting up haΓΆf an hour early to chop up some veggies and chicken at a very early morning hour. πŸ˜‰ But it's worth it! (Yay nerdism! :D)

  • Poptartlr July 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I usually go the microwave porridge with a banana for breakfast when I travel, and I grab a bag of salad, a small roll and I boil two eggs in the hotel kettle for dinner:)

  • msihua July 2, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Well played sista! I am the total opposite… I make my own coffee at home and pack it in my coffee mug. 1 packet of chips and 1 packet of kitkat/chocolate snack to keep me going. I stopover some breakfast/lunch and grab a hearty meal (based on reviews) and journey on. πŸ˜›

  • Michelle Chin July 2, 2011 at 10:48 am

    You're really healthy do you know that? πŸ™‚

  • Heidi July 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Kath – yes I knew you'd be the same, actually πŸ™‚ it's so worth getting up earlier and making something you'll enjoy!

    Poptartlr – that's a great idea, boiling your own eggs!! thanks πŸ™‚

    msihua – quite the opposite indeed!! hehe. to each their own. I'm with you on eating based on reviews though.

    Michelle – yes I do πŸ™‚ it's my job, I guess. & I do enjoy it, clearly πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah July 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Love this post, Heidi, and have so much to say that I'll have to edit myself! πŸ˜› I was really excited to read Shepparton, as my work has done workshops there too! Sadly before my time, but I still feel somewhat connected to you as a result. Also, last weekend, on the way home from my gospel tour, we did the McCafe coffees too. Alas, they didn't give me the soy I requested, which made me sad inside (in more ways than one!)

    And then aaaah, I kept reading, and cruskits, which I used to eat with hummus all the time as a kid, and chicknuts, which I ate half an hour ago! Wheeee!

    Also, I'm completely with you on the prep front! Was very happy to have some fresh veg and my cookie dough truffles on my gospel trip last week πŸ™‚

  • Heidi July 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Oh Hannah, yay for a lovely comment πŸ™‚ Not giving soy is a big deal! Not good, McCafe, not good!. Yay for chicknuts! I need to try the broadbeans too – they look delicious. Oh & I simply must make your cookie dough truffles!! They sound amazing.
    Heidi xo

  • wikigirl July 2, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Wow that is so cheap! I made your bff brownies last weekend and my boyfriend's mother visited who is very healthy + she was so impressed with them that she requested the recipe! πŸ™‚

  • The InTolerant Chef July 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I usually look for noodle box joints too, as there's usually gluten free rice noodles. Apart from that I take a big stash of Gfree snacks but never enough fruit I'm afraid. PS Nothing wrong with a soy-decaf-weak-latte-with hazlenut (don't laugh) from Mc Donalds either!

  • Leah July 3, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I'm with you Heidi. I love preparing food for a road trip. You know exactly what your getting to eat!

  • Heidi July 3, 2011 at 11:15 am

    wikigirl – oooh yay! so nice to hear, thanks πŸ™‚

    InTolerant Chef – hehe no judgement, I swear!! & yes I'm sure you'd need a good stash of GF snacks!

    Leah – exactly πŸ˜‰

    Heidi xo

  • Iron Chef Shellie July 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    good on you for packing so much good food! I think i would have chucked in some pringles and bought the rest πŸ˜› I've learnt from you now! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 4, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I love your road trippin' eats!!!

  • Lisa July 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Such excellent ideas. Work travel for me always involves client meetings over dinner and lunch, and it can be very hard to eat healthy when every meal is out, but it can be done. I love the take your own breakfast ideas though, a decent healthy breakfast that isn't ridiculously expensive is almost impossible to find.

  • Heidi July 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Michele – oh good, yay!

    Lisa – thanks πŸ™‚

    Lisa – it is tough when you start having client dinners!! Good to know you manage well though.

    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Very clever! I was talking to hubby about making a pot of Bircher muesli for early morning plane trips as the breakfasts are getting worse and worse by the week! πŸ™

  • Heidi July 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    It's such a great thing to do, Lorraine! Do it!! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Anna Johnston July 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    A planner after my heart, go you prepping the night before your road trip. I adore Bircher, so tasty and filling too. πŸ™‚ The brownie looks fabulous. I don't get to travel much with work these days, but I never managed to get my trip sorted for foods, I always end up buying. Next trip, Ill try your method. πŸ™‚

  • Agnes July 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Thrifty and fabulous, indeed! Love it, you're so organised with such healthy, delicious food. πŸ™‚

  • Adrian (Food Rehab) July 4, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    haha! I always tell myself NOT to use my phone in the car especially taking photos….but yeah…I slip up from time to time!

    Excellent road trip Heidi!

  • Heidi July 5, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Anna – yay! hehe.

    Agnes -thanks πŸ™‚

    Adrian – thank you! & yes so many people use their phone – BAD! Good on you for trying. I say lock it away in your bag πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo