Family road trips are a long-standing tradition around the holidays and during summer vacation months. Every long drive requires snacks and drinks to prevent the need to stop frequently and to change the mood when the kids get bored or cranky in the car. Food choices on the road are frequently limited when it comes to healthy options – especially for those with food intolerances such as sucrose intolerance. Since there can be limited food available to purchase, especially at gas stations or fast-food restaurants, the best option is to bring your own array of snacks that can keep everybody satisfied and happy.
So what can you pack to satiate everyone’s palate and mood while keeping it relatively healthy and without upsetting the stomach of your child with sucrose intolerance, also known as congenital sucrase-isomaltase deficiency (CSID)?
For the most variety, consider getting a small cooler to keep snacks and drinks at the correct temperature while traveling. Here are a few suggestions of snacks that travel well – especially in a small cooler or insulated bag with a reusable ice pack.
Beef jerky is an easy, portable snack that keeps well in the car. Just double check that it doesn’t have any additional sucrose or starch fillers and that it is cured with dextrose instead of sucrose. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from “flavored” jerky such as teriyaki, which can contain added sugar.
Bacon and other processed meats like pepperoni, sausage, and meat sticks should be treated the same, since some are cured with sucrose. Even if you find a brand that works, manufacturers change their ingredients frequently, so it’s important to check each time you buy. Although it can be high in sodium, beef jerky is usually low in fat and high in protein. It makes for a great filling snack for those long car rides.
Low-Sucrose, Portable Fruits
Many fruits can be tolerated by most people with sucrose intolerance. Some fruits that are not terribly messy to eat are raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and pears. Fruit provides a significant amount of fiber as well as a concentrated source of carbohydrates, which is great for those who are limited in the type of carbohydrates they can eat.
“Snack Packs” of Olives
Most grocery stores carry small snack packs of black or green olives in the canned vegetable section. They make for a great low-sucrose, salty snack high in healthy monounsaturated fat.
Fresh Veggie Snack Bags
Cut up colorful low-sucrose vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, bell peppers (all colors), cucumber slices, or radishes and make individual baggies. In addition to providing a combination of flavors, the veggies provide essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber.
Another kid favorite combines celery sticks with all-natural peanut butter (no-sugar added) for a satisfying and crunchy snack.
Kids enjoy snacking on string cheese since it’s one of the few foods they can actually play with while eating. String cheese is low in calories, but high in protein and makes for a filling and tasty snack.
There are a lot of options for low-sucrose road snacks. Planning ahead always ensures success. If you want a list of even more options, you can check out a sucrose intolerance food list here.