Making the change to eat healthy road trip breakfasts instead of consuming expensive, mediocre restaurant food was one of the best things we’ve ever done.
Instead of purchasing breakfast, we packed our own. With a little bit more planning and preparation the transition was easy. Borrowing ideas from our backpacking days, we came up with nutritious foods that served us well on road trips without cooking and with very little clean up.
By packing our food in a reusable grocery bag and a cooler for perishables, we easily managed to eat health road trip breakfasts every morning.
Road Trip Tested Breakfast Ideas
Boiled eggs with salt & pepper
Cold fried eggs
Pre-toasted whole grain bread slices (use these to make peanut butter toast, cinnamon and sugar toast, toast and butter with milk, or fried egg and ham sandwiches)
Pre-cooked French Toast with Butter and Maple Syrup
To make our breakfast experience more pleasant and manageable we purchased microwave safe all-purpose ceramic mugs with water-tight lids. These mugs were indispensable for serving our oatmeal at breakfast, for hot drinks, such as coffee, tea and hot cocoa; for soup and reheated leftovers saved from dinner the night before. We used them for cold cereal, milk and juice, and for storing leftovers in our cooler.
For those lodgings with no microwave available, we purchased a versatile Sunbeam Electric Hot Pot. This little work horse packed well and boiled water for breakfast in record time. Designed with a water-tight interior and a non-stick heating plate, we were able to warm up soup and re-heat leftovers as well. We liked this product so much we’re ditching the weighty stainless steel teapot we used to take camping. With an adaptor, this hot pot can even be plugged into a power outlet in any vehicle, including RVs.
By far the best eat healthy road trip breakfast was homemade instant oatmeal packed in single serving size plastic zip bags. By making our own, we were able to personalize the flavors, use organic ingredients and avoid unhealthy food additives.
Eat healthy road trip breakfasts . . . yummy goodness to start off another adventurous day!
Eat Healthy Road Trip Oatmeal Packets-Gluten Free
2 cups gluten-free oats (old fashioned rolled or quick cooking)
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons brown sugar
Ingredients for flavor variations
Into a food processor or blender pour 2 cups gluten-free oats.
Process oats to the texture of fine meal (not quite powdery).
Measure 1/2 cup ground oatmeal, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon brown sugar into each of the zip bags and seal closed.
To serve, add boiling water, a bit of butter to taste and stir until desired consistency.
Let stand for a minute or two to re-hydrate and thicken.
Delicious Flavor Variations
Brown Sugar Spice
Add 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
Replace brown sugar with maple sugar or maple syrup and add 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts.
Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg.
Add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.
Add 2 tablespoons raisins and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
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