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Food Tips for Your Road Trip

Staying healthy on a road trip can be a serious challenge. Don't worry - has got your back. Here are a few of their suggestions to make sure your diet can stay on track while you are on the road.

  • Plan ahead just as you do at home. Consider where you are going and what your best choices are and plan regular meals. A good game plan will prevent you from making bad choices.
  • Pack healthier fare in your car. Bring a cooler and pack it with cut-up fresh fruit and veggies, string cheese, yogurt, sandwiches and water. Stop at a rest stop along the way and enjoy!
  • Use Google maps to search restaurants along the way or at your destination. This will help you identify healthier places before you settle on the first restaurant you see.

There are more tips to help you hold your own when dining at a fast food joint. So

  • Do some research and check fast food restaurant websites, many have full nutrition information available to help you make better decisions. Check out these FitSugar nutritional breakdowns to help you.

  • Save 100’s of calories by skipping the mayo or special sauce. Order mustard instead.
  • Choose fresh veggies whenever possible and opt for a side salad (with fat-free or low-fat dressing on the side) instead of fries.
  • Choose a grilled or broiled chicken sandwich over crispy or fried items. Really, you should avoid fried food in general.
  • Limit sodas and juices and choose water instead.
  • Order a kids meal for instant portion control! You too can enjoy a Happy Meal and keep the prize!
  • Choose whole wheat bread when available for sandwiches.
  • Order dressing and sauce on the side so you can moderate how much to use. Avoid cream based dressings they are considerably more fattening than vinaigrettes.

Hope these help and have fun on the road. Drive safely and buckle up!


Join The Conversation
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i always pack bananas and banana chocolate chip muffins in the car as i can eat them and drive at the same time without much loss of concentration. pretzels and carrot sticks are good too.
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
I try to stock up on healthy snacks for day, road or air trips. At a lot of places, the foods offered just aren't that good and I mean taste wise. I drove across the country last summer and the choices were pretty limited.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Awesome! Great tips!
absolut_lauren absolut_lauren 9 years
I think it's important to bring healthy food, but it's also okay to sneak in one fave snack so that you're not depriving yourself.
renaimarie renaimarie 9 years
I always go to Whole Foods before heading out on the road, and stock up on lots of healthy, pre-cut, pre-packaged, healthy, low-fat snacks! I also fill up multiple water bottles and throw them in the back seat. I love snacking while I'm driving, but I feel okay doing it when all I have are healthy options.
CamillaCat CamillaCat 9 years
I think the pre-planning part is really key here!
northcarolinag2 northcarolinag2 9 years
This is perfect timing for me since I'll be driving to FL in a few weeks
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