Eating Healthy on the Road
June 05, 2013
If you've spent any time out on the open road, you know that eating healthy can be a real challenge. The highways are mostly populated with fast food chains and gas stations, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for eating unhealthy. Here are a few tips for improving your diet when traveling long distance.
Plan ahead. Before you head out on the highway, take advantage of your grocery store and stock up on healthy choices for the car. Food items like trail mix, carrot sticks, apples, and string cheese all keep well in the car for at least a day. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be scarce in convenience stores, so this might be your last chance to see them for a while.
Snack smart. Snacks play an important role while traveling. They tide you over from stop to stop, and also provide an activity in those long, boring stretches. So when it's time to choose snacks, choose wisely. Avoid sugary candy that will lead to a blood sugar crash down the road. Go with nuts and dried fruit for a mix of protein, fat and fiber that will satisfy your hunger without the crash.
Stay hydrated. Sitting in a car or truck for 10 hours might not seem like you're doing anything, but your body still needs at least 2 liters of water. Bringing a water bottle and refilling it from gallon jugs of drinking water is an economical way to stay hydrated.
It's tempting to eat junk when you're traveling, and you're surrounded by junk food options, but eating right will not only benefit your body, it will benefit your general energy level for the trip. So avoid slugging caffeine all day and riding wave after wave of junk food highs and lows, and try to make solid choices when you can. And once you get where you're going – go ahead and reward yourself with that cheeseburger.