Healthy Eating Tips on the Road
Road tripping is a great way to see the country while you also get some time to relax from the daily grind. It may be a lot longer than flying, but it can also be more rewarding. And it’s obviously less restricting because you can get away with bringing any sized water bottle you like along for the ride without someone confiscating it.
That being said, you also have a lot easier time making healthy food choices. But if you happen to be in need of some help in this aspect, here are five tips to take into consideration.
The most important thing to remember is, you do not want to pass out or even get drowsy while piloting a car across the country. Aside from the fact that you can get in an accident, you can also lose touch with what you are doing and end up speeding or swerving.
A state trooper in an unfamiliar state won’t like that too much and will be happy to slap you with a citation. These tips will help you stay focused, fresh and in the good graces of the men in blue.
1. Grab your nuts
This step should be taken well before you leave at the grocery store. Locate the bulk bins and get a few bags of nuts that you like. Almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamias and cashews are all high in fat. They contain a moderate amount of protein and fibre, and barely any carbs.
They make good options because they fill you up nicely, without giving you a spike in blood sugar, which is the reason you get tired. Have them close to you while driving and munch on them as needed.
2. Drink a lot of water
Remember from above, you are in a vehicle of your own, so you can bring a metric ton of liquids with you. But choose water over soda, sweet tea or anything else that will send your blood sugar sky high.
This will keep you hydrated, while also sparing you empty calories as you sit sedentary for hours at a time.
3. Consume sea salt
Are you looking for a way to kill your appetite instantly without consuming a single calorie? Grab yourself a pinch of sea salt and chomp away. Wash it down with some water or feel free to add some to your existing water.
This will also keep your electrolytes in balance. Although, unless for some weird reason you are sweating profusely, you probably won’t have to worry about that.
4. Don’t be defeated
A big problem travellers have is thy admit defeat when they step into truck stops and convenient marts across the map. They expect to only find hot dogs, nachos platters, deep-fried chicken and pre-packaged burritos the size of your forearm.
But all you have to do is a little investigating and you will be sure to find healthier options like Greek yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit, cheese sticks and even kombucha.
These are much better options than the normal fare you have been programmed to believe is your only option.
5. Reward yourself with a nice meal at the end of your journey
Nothing is more satisfying than reaching your destination and finding a nice restaurant to enjoy a solid meal after foraging for several days. This would also be a great opportunity to refer to the HowUdish app to find some healthy options.
Summing it Up
Travelling long distance doesn’t have to be riddled with stress. As long as you plan ahead, shop smart at food marts. Also, keep your eyes on the road, you will find success. And at the end of the day, it’s all about keeping your body’s best interest in mind. Never take that for granted.