Traveling and a healthy diet are not two things usually linked together. But, with a little planning, you can reach your destination without the long road of regret over what you ate on the trip. Rarely on a road trip do you have the chance to eat fresh foods, most of us stop at convenient stores where it is generally cheaper to get a bag of chips or a candy bar than to purchase the unappealing fruit that sits next to the register. Here are three tips to eating healthier on the Road.
Fit in fruit. Bring some fresh fruit with you. Bananas, oranges, apples and pears travel well. Fruit pouches are also an option. Many companies now make fruit purees in easy to carry pouches in a variety of flavors.
Pack a snack. Having healthy snacks that are easy to carry and easily accessible also may deter a pit stop in the fast food lane until you have time for a full meal. Pretzels, dried fruit, nuts and granola bars are great options. Skip the fast food restaurants and seek out a small café or independent restaurant. You typically will have healthier options and you can eat like a local.
Hydrate. If you plan ahead you can bring a reusable water bottle and re-fill it. Water is always a better choice than soda and coffee. You can stay hydrated and off-set fatigue, headaches and back pain; all of these symptoms are associated with dehydration. Juice boxes of 100% fruit juice are also a better alternative to carbonated sodas or sugar laced energy drinks.
When you plan to make healthier choices, you ultimately are more aware of better options. Happy, healthy travels to you!
This blog was written by Memorial Hospital Dietitian Erika Watson-Lawson.