Oh Summer, the season of beaches, swimming, the ocean, meeting up with family, and oh yes, driving. More often than not, people on Summer break or vacation end up on the road more than usual whether they are day tripping to the ocean, driving 5 states away to visit family and friends, or on a plane traveling to a different continent. If you are already conscious about what you eat and you have a fridge stocked of your lean proteins, fruits and veggies, healthy fats, whole grains, etc, your kitchen is your home base…your comfort zone. But when we travel on the road, it can be difficult to stay on top of your nutritional A game (especially when exit after exit only offers a McDonalds, Taco Bell and Cinnabon)! Here are some tips and tricks you may not have considered for your travels no matter where your adventures lead you:
Driving your own car gives you the amazing power of choice. Your hands on that steering wheel determine how you will nourish yourself, and they will ultimately decide whether or not you “fall off the wagon” while journeying across country. The easiest and quickest option is to pack meals or snacks for your journey. Thank goodness for tupperware! Take a little time before you head out on your trip to pack some healthy sandwiches, a salad or two, and plenty of fresh fruits and bags of crisp, crunchy veggies. Another option if you are too busy to make food ahead, is to stock up on some natural, whole food or snack bars. Now. Lets say you completely blew it on that pre-packing situation. You worry your only hope is to give in to a McDonalds Burger or those all-too-evil munchies from a gas station rest stop. Don’t fret, because my next piece of advice might blow your mind: Hit up that gas station! Here’s the thing: It being 2015, most rest stops and gas stations are finally realizing their customers are interested in foods other than Slim Jims, Slurpees and Twinkies. Sheetz, a gas station chain located on the East Coast is one of the best options for satisfying your healthy cravings. Simply walk up to one of their touch screen ordering computers, and you are free to create your very own gigantic salad, homemade with fresh veggies and lean meats. You can also order your own sandwiches, subs or wraps made your way. In addition, all Sheetz gas stations have fresh fruits and veggie trays to stock up with, as well as an aisle devoted to healthy wholesome snacks. More gas stations are catching on nowadays, so before you decide to inhale that double quarter pounder, remember that there are more options available at the nearest rest stop gas station!
This can be more challenging. Since you are on a flight, most of us tend to pack as little as possible into our carry on bags. You might have space for a few granola bars or pieces of fruit, but what if you’re on an 8+ hour flight? Thankfully, Airlines are cracking down on junk food as well. If the typical meals of salisbury steak, fried chicken, or fish don’t appeal to you (Let’s face it, will anyone every eat fish on an airplane again after this movie came out)? In addition to hot meals, you can almost certainly find healthy snack boxes or drinks that provide a wealth of options to satisfy your healthy cravings while mid-flight. In these snack boxes, you’ll typically find a bag of mixed nuts, beef jerkey, whole wheat crackers, spreadable cheese, and perhaps some dark chocolate or dried fruit to satisfy your sweat tooth.
If you’re still in the dark about what to pack, here are some ideas that will get you from A to B without sacrificing your healthy diet:
- 2 Slices Whole Wheat Bread
- 2 Strips of Turkey Bacon
- Half an Avocado
- 2 Tomato Slices
Spread Hummus on both slices of bread. Then, top one piece of bread with lettuce. Slice your avocado and layer on top of lettuce, followed by the strips of turkey bacon and tomato. Finally, top with your other piece of bread, cut down the middle and wrap the whole thing in aluminum foil or place in a tupperware container!
PB and J Sushi
- 1 Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap
- 2 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
- 1 tbsp Natural Organic Grape Jelly (or other homemade jam)
- ***Optional add ins: Chopped Bananas, Dark Chocolate Chips, Chopped Nuts
Spread out your tortilla, spread with peanut butter and jelly, feel free to add mix ins and roll it up! Then slice into bit size pieces, toss in a tupperware container or plastic bag.
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