travelling with tania – nuts, cheese & food bars from the local supermarket for the long drive home

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so……… I had packed some pretty darn good food to take on the road recently.  I had the car, the esky (packed with lots of great food), my hubby and just enough room for my pillow after packing marquees, books, packet mixes, clothing and shoes!

I packed some really yummy stuff, always paying attention to the amount of protein, essential fats & hydration I know I need to get me through really busy days.  This time round it was chicken, sweet potato, avocado, a small loaf of grain-free-bread, a few mangoes a small chopping board and knife.

I also made up some of my little Mashies (reusable squeezy food containers).  I make 4 (one each for Eric & I on the road and one each for breakfast the next day). They make driving and eating really easy.  They are also very cute – if you turn them over the back of the Mashie has an actual bum!  Totally cute and you know I cannot pass up fun stuff when it comes to food … of course not eating out of my lap, not reaching across to the passenger seat & no distractions helps! I always have a couple in the freezer for that have nothing to eat moment in my house …

I was away for three days (staying in a motel for 2 nights) – so I had the capacity to put leftovers into the fridge on arrival. This gave me “leftovers” for dinner and lunch the next day.

heading home

I ran out of food and had to visit the supermarket before leaving town to come home … the nearest supermarket was a Woolworths – I chose it because it was there. Simple.

I knew I needed some protein ( it was early and there was nothing good for breakfast),  some good fats for my brain and maybe some dried fruit (a little bit).

this is what I purchased – a snapshot of my supermarket loot

I was pretty happy I could eat food close to nature (nuts and the raw food bar), gluten-free & grain-free, no numbers or additives and didn’t cost me the earth!  The photo has heaps of text letting you know a bit more about the products I grabbed, what’s in em and other stuff you might need to know.  I have posted a wee bit of information below the photograph about NUTS and what to look for when purchasing at the supermarket.  Check it out below.

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getting to know your NUTS

I don’t know about you, but when I go to the supermarket for a long time I would just go directly to the Health Food section for something like nuts as a snack option on the road.

I thought I would do an experiment and check out the difference between the Health Food brand and the generic brand (found in the chips, junk and more junk section).  The generic Woolworths Brand was perfect for what I was looking for.  2 Ingredients – macadamia and sea salt.  The Allergy warning was for nuts only – no wheat, gluten, soy etc – the health food brand had all of those warnings and a few more.

The cost was less because it was not Health Food – go figure!

xxx tania

7 Responses to “travelling with tania – nuts, cheese & food bars from the local supermarket for the long drive home”

  1. Do you buy mashies in the grocery store ?? Love this idea !! Thanks Tania x

    • Hey there lovely Gail – little Mashies can be found here http://www.littlemashies.com/. I love them! They have made my life way easier for sure. I love making extra breakfasts and freezing them. They are a great way to keep all my other food chilled whilst on the road! xxxxxxx

  2. Were the macadamias dry roasted or raw? Do you have a problem with roasted nuts from a. Health perspective?

    • Hi there Susan, thanks for your post. The maca’s were raw – I find I can eat a few of these when hungry without any problems. I love roasted nuts and seeds but I generally do those myself at home. I soak them and then dry them in the oven at low temp overnight. I add my own flavours like quality spices, salt etc before drying. No need for extra junk added and I manage the temperature so it suits my food preferences. cheers Tania

  3. This is a great series! I always get really annoyed at the shops. Love the tip about looking in the snack isle! Great find! :)

    • Hi there Eli, thanks for your message. So many people I work with around the country remind me that they don’t all have access to wonderful organic food shops, farmers markets and the like. So – love them or hate them I am excited about checking out the supermarkets and seeing what good food they have that can be eaten on the go. It made me start thinking about a snack pack a while back so I am working on a new product – you never know – you might see it in a supermarket one day:)

  4. Hi Tania .. just wondering if you found any artisan bakeries or cafes in Tassie when you went on hols ?? We are going to Tassie for a holiday next week …. any ideas ?
    xx Gail

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