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Tips on Eating Healthier on the Road

Road Tripping: Healthy Eats For Your Travels

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.

Safe travels!


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geohiker geohiker 9 years
having a GPS in the car really helps with this; you can look ahead to the next few exits and see what is coming up so you can plan your stops. I like to stop at exits with Starbucks - if they have food they usually have fruit and cheese or salads or fresh sandwiches.
n9282 n9282 9 years
I always go for the kids meals if I want to actually eat in the car - they get better sides like apples (not the fried ones!) or yogurt. Plus my nephew always enjoys the toys!
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I always go to Wendy's and get the side salad with fat-free french dressing and a small cup of chili or a junior cheeseburger...not too bad for fast food!
dubyah dubyah 9 years
I was driving somewhere with my girlfriends so we drove to Subway and got subs and salads to go. I got the grilled chicken filet with all the salad toppings. The chicken was a little scary looking but tasted really good and I felt good about my choice.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
hmm I don't know about being able to eat a baked potato while driving. I don't think I'm that talented! I usually go through McD's and get a med fri and a big diet coke. I rarely eat fast food anymore, so my monthly or every other month trips to see my parents I figure some fries won't kill me. And they're SO GOOD
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I could never eat a burger with three patties! But i can't resist fries.
emalove emalove 9 years
I love the tip "go for the hamburger with one patty instead of three"...LOL. Pretty sad that it's necessary to say that to some people!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
MMM Wendy's salads :)
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