Eating Healthy When Traveling
Those of us who have driven hundreds of miles on American freeways known what it is like; cheap fast food joints, sodas, pies, jelly, fries and burgers. At the end of the day we have a bloated stomach that could do us proud at a burp and gas contest. You may laugh at the memory of your own road trips but you also know there’s little to joke about our road experiences. In this article we present you some helpful tips on how to keep both your stomach and your spirits up and alert on the long stretches of highway.
Eating Healthy When Traveling: tip 1 Plan your pit stops
Plan your trip with precision. We know it’s difficult especially when there are kids traveling with you but do your best to estimate arrival times at various towns and cities along the route. Plan your trip in such a way that you pass through a town at lunch, snack and dinner time. Google the selected towns and create a list of the best restaurants. These days you can probably also view their menu online if so, look for restaurants that have a wholesome menu i.e. menu that has salads, vegetables, baked potatoes, whole grain breads and so on. If in doubt, call them up to make inquiries and reservations if required.
Eating Healthy When Traveling: tip 2 Prepare the first snack at home
Prepare for the journey by carrying sandwiches with you for the first half of the day. Spiced Turkey or Chicken sandwich with salad leaves and herbs would be ideal. Each person including kids should have one large bottle of water in their hand and an equal quantity in the luggage hold.
Eating Healthy When Traveling: tip 3 Snack every two hours or so.
Roughly two hours into the journey, hand out the prepared sandwiches to all. Often in the excitement of the trip, we forget to drink water so you need to make sure everyone consumes the water provided to them. Stop as often as required to pick up more drinking water.
Eating Healthy When Traveling: tip 4 Top up!
When you stop at a gas station, stop for gas or drinking water or to visit the rest room – not for food. Most of us do not want to ‘waste time on eating’ but trust us, you and your family will be more than glad you did not eat junk food at the gas station.
Eating Healthy When Traveling: tip 5 The Restaurant.
Make whatever detour is necessary to stop at the restaurant that is on your list. When ordering request for little or no fat cooking. Start with a healthy soup. Order a salad such as the Sesame Chicken Salad. It is usually made with Grilled chicken strips tossed with Romaine lettuce, fresh cilantro, sliced almonds, sesame seeds, green onions, and crispy wonton strips sesame vinaigrette. Order meat only if it is grilled or baked. If grilled or baked is not on the menu, select fish if available. If your kids insist on pizza, order thin, non-stuffed crust with pineapple or broccoli or grilled chicken toppings. If this is a Mexican restaurant order soft, non-fried tortillas as in burritos or enchiladas.
Eating Healthy When Traveling: tip 6 On the road snacks
Stop where you are likely to get a healthy sandwich or other snack. If your kids see a McDonald’s and holler for a stop, order the Egg McMuffin – it’s healthy and your kids will love it.