Are you and your family traveling this season? If you are, it’s no secret that road trips can derail your healthy eating habits if you’re not careful.
We’re sharing our tried-and-true tips for eating healthy on the road, so you can stick to a nutritious diet—even when you’re far from home.
Consider Bringing Food and Cooking Your Meals
If it seems that healthy food won’t be readily available at your destination, stop at the grocery store before you travel.
By bringing food that you and your little ones enjoy, you can hold yourself accountable and provide your family with delicious and nutritious snacks.
Additionally, it (thankfully!) isn’t as difficult as you may think to prepare food on your own; for instance, cooking in an RV is effortless, and many rentals have their own kitchens. However, even if you won’t have access to appliances and cookware, you can select from a variety of grab-and-go options—like fruit and vegetable packs, hard-boiled eggs, sandwiches, and salads—at your local supermarket.
Drink Plenty of Water
Naturally, people prefer drinking caffeinated beverages (like coffee and soda) while they’re en route. After all, they don’t want to fall asleep at the wheel.
However, the problem is that these drinks dehydrate you.
Water, on the other hand, keeps you from feeling depleted and hungry. Remember to bring reusable water bottles for everyone; this way, you can frequently fill them up along the way.
When you’re on the road, it’s important to stick to regular snack and meal times. If you wait too long to eat, you may binge on unhealthy treats—think candy, cookies, and chips. Plus, if your kids don’t eat often, they’ll probably throw fits.
Let’s face it—nobody wants cranky children on their hands, especially when you’re still hours from their destination! Look at your route, and plan exactly where you’ll stop if you’re craving a bite to eat.
Opt for Smarter Fast-Food Options
Sometimes, a trip through the drive-thru is inevitable, but this doesn’t mean you have to give up on your goals.
In fact, numerous fast-food chains offer fresh fruit, grilled meats, and other healthy alternatives to fried, greasy dishes. Thus, you can still go to your favorite restaurants and choose something that will nourish you—and the kiddos, too.