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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Road Trip Food

Who doesn't love taking a road trip from time to time? As Alex and I just drove 14 hours (to and from our destination), we made sure we were armed with snacks. Even so, there's something about being in a car that "snacks" just won't satisfy. We wanted something substantial to eat, but didn't want to stop for a full meal.

It seems like the minute you embark on the road, with your music and sunglasses and good conversation, all healthy food options fall to the wayside. As we headed further south, all the KFCs, McDonald's and Wendy's added up, leaving us hungry and refusing to stop at a fast food chain. Our healthiest option? Subway. However, if America's idea of "healthy" is 6 to 12 inches of bread, salty deli meat and some wilty veggies, then we still have a long way to go. I began to have daydreams of little salad huts, where they have fresh veggies, good, lean proteins and tons of steamed veggies. Why don't these places exist??

So, if you're trying to watch what you eat, what are you supposed to do on a road trip? Pack food!! All it takes is a little prep time, and you're good to go. You want to try and eat normally (every 3 hours), so if you're in the car for 7 or 8 hours, you only really have to eat twice. Here are some ideas to pack:

Dried apricots
Unsalted nuts or a healthy trail mix
Chicken or tuna salad
Stacy's pita chips (or maybe not, as these are incredibly addictive and when you have a bag of something, it's easy to devour the whole thing)
Protein powder in a shaker bottle

These foods are easy to pack and easy to eat in the car. If you do stop to eat, try and make healthier choices. As some fast food restaurants are now serving salads, make sure you order the salad without bacon or cheese and get the dressing on the side.

Safe travels!

1 comment:

  1. I never know what to eat on road trips - this is AWESOME!! Thanks so much. This blog is great!