I’m on the road a lot for work. Eating healthy on the road is hard. Extra hard when you love food and you use food as a way to keep you entertained and/or you have a 3-4 hour drive.
Here’s what I’ve been doing lately to make it work:
- Pack my lunch and snacks when I can. Keeping easy-to-grab stuff is good. Examples are:
- Fruits such as apples, bananas, and clementines that are prepackaged and easy to take with you
- Light popcorn
- Bags or containers of easy to munch on veggies. My favorites are carrots and sweet snap peas.
- Boiled eggs. See my post on cooking these in an instant pot.
- Healthy muffins
- Nuts. I actually don’t do this because I don’t feel like the “juice is worth the squeeze” calories-wise but these are super healthy for you in moderation.
- Pre-made salads or bistro boxes. I’ve not done this yet but I know a lot of people that do.
- I’m still scoping out the best places to eat out but my favorite go-to is Panera Bread. There are so many healthy options there and I always get a fruit cup as my side.
- When I eat at a place with customers, there are typically not all that many great options- even the salads are horrendously high in calories and fat. I stick mostly to the vegetables- as long as they aren’t a casserole or in a sauce. If I can’t find anything, I’ll go with a baked potato (sweet potato if they have it) with sour cream on the side and a side salad with extra tomatoes, no cheese, and dressing on the side. It’s hard. I’m not going to lie.
- When they sit those chips and salsa down in front of me or that delicious smelling loaf of bread, its soooo tempting. I try to think about my end goal and resist. I drink a sip of water every time I want a bite of it.
- If I have a customer that says they don’t want to choose or I know they like sushi or seafood, I’ll often times suggest this because it’s an easy one for me.
- If I’m spending the night out of town, I try to stay in a place that has a mini fridge and microwave. I can either pack something in my cooler to bring along or I’ll sometimes make a run to the grocery store for a frozen dinner and some fruit or yogurt for a sweet ending.
- I pack a couple of drink mixes (either Crystal Light or Kroger’s brand) with me to satisfy my sweet cravings and help my water intake. Win-win.
- Sometimes when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time for getting a healthy meal but know I need to have something decent, I’ll run into a convenience store and grab a banana and a Muscle Milk protein shake. Most stores now have bananas (and if I’m lucky a few other options too).
What are you’re beat healthy eating tips for the road? I could use the recommendations!!!
Happy Wellness Wednesday!