Are you planning to hit the road? A vacation or road trip doesn’t necessarily mean you have to break your diet or give up healthy eating. With a bit of advanced planning, healthy eating on the road can be seamless and stress-free. To jump start your healthy eating on the road, take a glance at our nutritious tips for road trips.
Whether you’re traveling with the family or sans kids, it’s important to plan your meals in advance. Curate menus ahead of time to avoid hiccups along your route. Consider storing bite-sized snacks, like carrots and trail mix, in air-tight containers for a mess-free cleanup. Consider highway-friendly meals like pasta salad, sandwiches, and hummus for your meal prep.
Use a Map
It’s easy to get swept up in the fast food frenzy while on the road, so plan your stops ahead of time as much as possible. Though most chains offer healthy meal alternatives, there are some that have a more nutritious reputation than others. Check menus and route guides ahead of time to ensure your selections offer nutritious dietary options for everyone in your group.
Bypass the Buffet
Buffets offer a quick way to feed large groups of people simultaneously, which makes it a prevalent feature in many hotels. If given the option, bypass the buffet to avoid slip ups and instead opt for the a-la-carte option at the restaurant. You will thank yourself later!
As you fill up at the pump, make a conscious effort to fill up your belly with fruit at the same time. At gas stations and other breaking points along the way, purchase small fruit cups to supplement your snack options. Alternatively, pack a mix of fresh fruit that does not require refrigeration, such as apples, bananas, and grapes.
It’s easy to mistake dehydration for food cravings, so consider sipping at least 8 ounces of water before satisfying any hunger pangs. To prevent dehydration on the road (…a common occurrence for travelers), consider carrying a car cup-holder friendly drinking vessel with you.
Though it’s a bit harder to maintain optimal nutrition when you’re out of your element, it’s certainly not impossible. Healthy eating on the road can be achieved with a bit of advanced planning and commitment. Do you have any tips for healthy eating on the road? We would love to hear from you! Drop your suggestions in the comment section below or connect with us on social media.