If you are going to be on the road for any length of time, you'll need food. While you can pack a lot of stuff in the car, you can't squeeze in your kitchen. Does that mean at each fork in the road, you are stuck choosing between fast food or donuts? It doesn't have to. Here are some ideas to help make your next road trip healthful and delicious.
Some Additional Tips...
Plan some time for physical activity—Every couple of hours, pull over and get out of the car. Take a walk and stretch. This will break up the monotony of driving and help keep you feeling refreshed. It will also improve the circulation in your extremities preventing formation of blood clots.
Make time for meals—On longer trips, take the time to eat a meal—don't just snack in the car. Bring a picnic blanket and find a park along the way. You'll feel relaxed and enjoy your meal more.
Bring clean-up supplies—Make sure you have plenty of napkins. Baby wipes work great too. And always bring a few bags for trash.
What if, despite all this great advice, you still want to stop at a fast food restaurant? Here are a few tips to make it a bit more healthful:
- Order regular-size portions. When you "super-size" the fries, burger, or soda, you are adding more calories, and most likely, more fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
- Choose grilled instead of fried options.
- Skip the French fries and opt for a salad as a side order. Or split one order of French fries among several of you.
- Order sandwiches or salads dry, ask for condiments on the side, and apply them sparingly (they are usually high in salt and fat).
- Stay away from sodas, which run about 150 calories per 12 ounces. Grab water instead.
Lastly, and probably most importantly, never let eating get in the way of road safety! Always make sure to have your eyes on the road and your hand on the wheel.