Eating Healthy on the Road

September 18, 2009 at 3:03 am (Gypsy Life, Travel)

To eat or not to eat is always the looming decision when I find myself wandering the aisles of a gas station convenience store. I tend to eat extremely healthy food at home and finding food without the ever-growing list of things I shouldn’t put in my body is very difficult at a gas station.

The problem is that I find myself on several long (800 mile) road trips every year. I have worked on rivers in California, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona and Texas, and air travel is difficult for many reasons, including gear, timing, and airport locations. Regardless, I drive long distances and when I am bored, I like to eat. Over the years, after snacking on many bags of peanut butter M&M’s, I’ve found a few easy ways to bring my healthy home eating habits on the road.

Here are a few tips for how to eat healthy while traveling:

Pack a snack box full of healthy snacks in advance, snacks that will last a long time, will fill you up with the good stuff, and that you look forward to eating. I like to make popcorn (in a popcorn maker) and top it with a mixture of melted butter and soy sauce or Bragg’s Amino Acids. Another good snack is dried cranberries and blueberries with raw unsalted almonds.

String cheese is a go-to, must-have item on long car rides.

Since fast food is mostly what is available for meals, try getting a couple frozen meals in advance. Trader Joe’s has a wonderful selection, but you can also get Amy’s frozen pot pies or burritos from big grocery stores. Many people don’t realize that gas stations have microwaves, so when I stop to fill up, I microwave my burrito and hit the road again.

Because I often crave sweets and fun drinks, I bring a bar of nice dark chocolate and a few different bottles juice or smoothies. Again, Trader Joe’s has a great selection of these, as do Naked Juice and Odwalla. This way, I still get a drink and a treat to satisfy my sweet tooth, but I don’t have to buy something unhealthy.

While it’s always going to be difficult to stay away from french fries, fast food, HFCS and MSG and all the other bad-for-you acronyms, bringing along some treats will make your drive more enjoyable and leave your body looking and feeling great!


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