On the road it is easy to succumb to the ease of hitting up the closest fast food joint when your hunger starts to kick in. But, just because you are traveling doesn’t mean you have to eat unhealthy foods that are high in fat, sodium, and sugar that will leave you feeling tired and bloated. Healthier options will have a positive impact on your body and so you’ll feel more energized and ready to take on the road ahead. Instead of pulling off the highway to grab an artery-clogging burger, try some of our tips for nutritious alternatives.
Instead of grabbing a bag of chips at the gas station when you’re hungry, hit the road with already prepared healthy snacks. Things like almonds, homemade trail mix, hummus and vegetables, string cheese, and fruit are all options that are great for when that mid afternoon snack craving hits. Plus, snacking more frequently will prevent you from overeating later when your metabolism has slowed and your appetite feels insatiable.
If you know your route ahead of time, look up restaurants along the way that may offer more healthy fare. Quick service restaurants increasingly have more healthy options as well. By planning your meals, you’ll be less tempted to stop for quick fried food.
Mild hydration can be mistaken for hunger which can cause you to feel exhausted and eat more. Drinking plenty of water while on the road will not only help you feel fuller, but it is also essential to your health. There are so many health benefits to staying hydrated including the transport of nutrients to your body, better digestion, weight loss, increased energy, and more! Plus, by drinking a lot of water, you could be stopping a bit more frequently, forcing you to stretch your legs and escape the constant sitting in the car or cab.
Food on the road is notoriously unhealthy as highway exits are littered with fast food restaurants. We understand that sometimes you don’t have another choice and when there are limited options, but you can be smart when ordering your meal. Look for greens, grilled and steamed options, and don’t forget that you can always ask for sauce on the side so you don’t overdo on the calories. Also, many chains now offer nutritional facts on their menus so you can make more informed decisions.
When choosing food options while traveling, focus on meals that are high in healthy proteins as they will help you stay full for longer. Look for options such as lean meats—like chicken and turkey—, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, and almonds.