When you're on the road, eating healthy isn't exactly the first thing on your list. It'd be great if we could plan ahead, prepare meals and snacks before we hit the road, and stick them in a cooler, but you're probably so busy packing the car with presents and snow gear that you really don't have the time. So here are some tips:
- Instead of eating fast food at rest stops, get off at an exit and look for a grocery store instead. You can buy fresh fruit and veggies, yogurt, nuts, cheese, and stuff to make sandwiches. Some places even have hot soups and salad bars.
- If you have to eat at a fast-food joint, choose smaller sandwiches (go for the hamburger with one patty instead of three). Avoid the fried fish and the fried-chicken sandwiches. Broiled-chicken sandwiches are the best choice.
- Choose healthier side orders such as a baked potato instead of french fries.
- Choose grilled over deep-fried or breaded meats.
- If it's available, go for a salad and get the dressing on the side.
- While driving, if you're feeling tired, don't go for a coke or coffee to pick you up. Drink water and eat a healthy snack instead and you'll get a boost of sustained energy.