GROCERIES & MEALS ON THE ROAD
One of the biggest budget costs while travelling Australia involves the grocery bill for our family of five. Our grocery shopping hovers around $220-$250 per week, depending on the location, either being remote or access to the big chain supermarkets. So I thought I'd let you in on what exactly we feed our family.
Now, we eat pretty darn well, very healthy (chocolate's healthy yeah?). It's important to us to have a balance of good foods and give our three kids all the proper nutrition they need. I'm no expert, but I just want them fuelled with the good stuff! They sleep well, their behaviour is great (most of the time) and they have plenty of energy, so food is key to a happy healthy child. Our kids don't cope real well on preservatives and sugar so I try to give them very little of this.
One of the common questions we are asked is what exactly do we eat while travelling. So, here is a little breakdown for you.
Breakfast - Porridge (quick oats cost $1.10 for 750g bag - bargain and keeps tummy's full).
Eggs on toast,
Baked beans on toast,
Lunch - Vegemite or ham and cheese Sandwiches,
Chicken & Salad Wraps,
Tuna on Rice Cakes
Dinner - Kids
Tuna Bake (costs $11.30 to make and feed 3 kids for FIVE meals!) See recipe below!
Fish and salad,
Snags/chicken and vege,
Ravioli and vege,
Tuna and brown rice (weird eh!),
Dinner - Bec & Justin
Steak (rump) and vege,
Fish (caught) and salad,
Snacks - Kids
LOADS of fruit - watermelon, grapes, apples, bananas and mandarins as a staple,
Muesli bars or no bake healthy bars(homemade)
Peanut butter cruskits,
Snacks - Bec & Justin
Coffee (pod machine)
Smoothies (we have a Nutri Bullet)
Buy meat in bulk if you have the room to store.
Freeze kids meals, very handy to pull out of the freezer and microwave after a day exploring. It soon stops those 'hangry' kids and has them fed in no time!
Check out the local butchers for a great meat deal.
Peraration! If you have lunches and snacks prepared, then you wont have that urge to pull in Macca's drive thru to grab a meal. It's expensive and is guaranteed to make your guts feel a bit OFF afterwards (but it tastes so good at the time)! Try to pull over at a rest stop or park to feed your family. Vegemite sanga's are a hit with our three kids and they also don't hurt your wallet. Cha-Ching!
Well I hope this helps with your grocery purchase and meals while travelling Australia. Please let us know if you have any other questions or you'd like more information. We're also happy to get together another meal prep vid.
Happy eating :)