The Summer holidays are officially here!
You’ve probably got lots of fun and exciting Summer holiday activities planned so you’re bound to be doing a lot of travelling across the UK during the next 6 weeks.
And we all know what that means.
The familiar sounds of ‘are we there yet’ from the back seats, endless queuing, and of course the inevitable expensive snacks.
We’ve all been there: you head off to a fair ground or a wildlife park to have a cracking time with the family and suddenly you’re broke for the Summer because a few hot dogs have made you dip in to your overdraft.
We’re all about saving those pennies and pounds – after all it’s why we’re called Poundstretcher!
So we thought we’d give you some simple snacks that won’t cost you more than your day out itself!
Snacks for peckish parents...
Running after the kids, keeping granny and grandad out of trouble, and of course let’s not forget making sure your other half is still trailing behind you all is not an easy task. So you’re going to need to remember to eat amongst the chaos and keep your strength up!
Chances are you’re going to be leaving at stupid o’clock in the morning which means you have to wake up the mini ones and make sure they’re ready on time. You’re going to need a lot of snacks and tons of coffee. Not just any coffee though, you need a sumptuously rich nectar of the gods that will make your soul thank the heavens for those finely ground little beans. In other words, your old friend Douwe Egberts Coffee Pure Indulgence Coffee (£3.99) will keep you awake for the long day. It's strength is measured 4 out of 5 so it'll definitely put a spring in your step! Pick up one of our witty Stainless Steel Travel Mugs for just £1.99 so your coffee stays hot to keep your head cool during the Summer shenanigans.
If you’ve skipped breakfast, reach for the Go Ahead Yoghurt Break 5 PK (£1.00) just before the big drive for a quick bite. Half way there if you can’t bear to listen to the kids arguing in the back of the car anymore, open up some Cadbury Crunchie Rocks (£1.00) so your chomping will mute their noise! Snacks the way to handle a stressful road trip!
For the kids:
It’s typical that you’ll get 30 minutes in to the drive and suddenly hear a small voice in the back seat say ‘I’m hungry’. If it’s still early in the morning, a Cadbury Brunch Bar (6 pack for £1.00) is a fantastic way to keep their energy up and the dreaded hunger at bay. After all, it’s not fun being trapped in a car with hangry kids!
For a sweet pick me up, why not reach for the Oreos Original Biscuits (4 pack for £1.00)? It’s an American classic that’s taken the UK by storm with its sweet cocoa biscuit and creamy filling, plus they come in mini packs in the box so the little ones will be too busy munching to moan and whinge!
Make sure you give everyone a Robinson’s Fruit Shoot Apple 4 PK (£1.00) half way through your road trip when you know you’re going to stop for petrol soon. Trust me, you do not want any accidents or screaming for the toilet from your tots when you’ve only just set off.
If the kids are a bit peckish but you’re almost at your Summer day getaway, open up a bag of Scooby Doo Binky Bites (£1.49) to share. Their fruity filling will be a major hit with the kids and they’re small enough to not spoil their lunch or dinner luckily. Jinkies, prepare for plenty of Scooby and Shaggy impressions coming from the back seat and your other half though zoiks!
Healthy homemade snacks:
Trying to eat healthy doesn’t have to be impossibly expensive or hard. So gather up your food storage containers and Tupperware, here’s some quick and easy speedy snacks to boost your energy:
Banana Energy Balls
1 Tsp Maple Syrub
1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
- Mash your bananas with a fork
- Stir in your maple syrup and peanut butter in the banana
- Feel free to add extras like raisins, nuts, Nutella, chocolate chips, coconut, and more!
- Add oats until mixture looks like it’s doughy enough to be shaped
- Use your hands or an ice cream scoop to make them in to balls
- Place in fridge overnight ready to grab in the morning
Roasted Chickpea Crisps
1 can of chickpeas
- Open can of chickpeas, drain, rinse under the tap, and dry them
- Sprinkle 1 - 2 tbsp of olive oil on them
- Add the seasoning of your choice. I’ve gone with salt, garlic, and paprika but you can choose whatever takes your fancy!
- Bake at 300-400 degrees until nice and crispy. Don’t be afraid to put them in for longer if needed.
- Put in a food storage container and set off on your road trip
Enjoy family time during the Summer holidays! If you'd like to get some road trip snacks, visit our website here to find your nearest store.
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