We always travel with a very picky kid who only likes fast food, and her dad indulges her so we eat a lot of Mcdonalds when we travel. I know it's not great for sodium and fat, but I ate a lot of their grilled Southwest chicken salads on our last trip and it kept me happy while they ate burgers and fries and soda. :)
The last roadtrip I went on (pre-SP), we took wheat bread, peanut butter, apples, granola bars and other portioned controlled snacks. Sure, we did our fair share of fast food, but we also had healthy choices that we could slap together and picnic at a rest area.
Now, I would take the same, along with more fruit, baby carrots, dried fruit, protein bars, etc. I also would look at restaurants that we would likely to stop at (fast food and otherwise), and plan meals that would meet my standards. For example, I drove a couple of hours to a relative's house recently, and I took grapes with me. So when I stopped for a quick sandwich, I paired it with the grapes and still stayed in my ranges for the day.
Fitness Minutes: (0)
1,307 9/5/13 11:50 P
Eating out suggestion would be to watch the added sauces or even butter they add to what seems like healthy choices such as fish or vegetables. Portion control as well. If you have a high calorie choice try to balance it with a healthier side such as a Burger with steamed veggies rather then French fries. Possibly having snacks on hands can help you to not get too hungry and consume too much at the restaurant.
I agree with the people who recommend bringing a cooler and having picnics. That is what I tend to do when I do my annual road trip to take the kids to see Grandma and Grandpa. If you know the area that you are going to, you can also check out potential restaurants online so that you know some names of places that have things that will work for your meal plan. By the way, remember you can always act like Sally from When Harry Met Sally. Most restaurants will be willing to make alterations for you. I love Chevy's because when I went in with friends, I asked for the taco salad, but with no meat or dressing and the guac & sour cream on the side (in case someone else at the table wanted it) and the immediate response was "Would you like some grilled vegetables to replace the meat?" It never hurts to ask them to tweak your order.
Will you be staying somewhere with electricity every night? If so, then a plug-in cooler (can be plugged in to 12V in your car, and 120V inside) is a worthwhile investment, as it's basically a mobile refrigerator. This is something that I won't do without on a road trip, since one of my favourite things about road trips is the random picnic stops!
If you have one of these, then you can stock it with sliced meats, cheeses, yogurts; cooked rice, oatmeal, or quinoa; fruits, and veg from home before you leave, and restock it from grocery stores as you travel. This gives you some great, healthy options for your breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. I like to make some baked oatmeal bars and oatbran muffins, which also are better refrigerated. It also gives you the option of keeping leftovers from dinners out, so that you can have them the next day (especially if you're staying at hotels that have a microwave available).
I also keep a bag stocked with different types of nuts, jerky, chocolate, pickles, and pre-portioned bags of home-made trail mix.
If you're travelling through farm country, then stops at local farmer's markets (do a quick search for them on-line before you leave) can make for fabulous meals, and a great way to re-stock the cooler.
I also like to chat with the local farmers at the markets to see which restaurants they supply to, and which they recommend. Dinners at local restaurants that use locally-sourced produce and meats are generally a better quality and more enjoyable than the chain restaurants. Besides - checking out the local specialities is another one of the joys of road trips!
My biggest piece of road trip advice is to never "clean your plate" at a sit down restaurant. It's going to seem really wasteful, but many sit-down restaurants serve REALLY HUGE portions, and since a large chunk of what you are doing is sitting in a car, you really don't need those huge portions. And you probably won't really want the leftovers, so you have to leave them on your plate. When you are done eating your correct portion, call the waitperson over to take your plate, so you don't eat the whole thing through nibbling.
Stop at places that show calorie counts, choose options that you know, and if you're budget conscious, don't be afraid to splurge. Sometimes gettting a plain baked potato, a side salad, and a fruit plate will cost $9, and I hate how expensive it is for such basic things, but it's worth it.
Fitness Minutes: (6,555)
2,277 9/5/13 1:32 P
I second the grocery store idea. Also, it might be worth keeping a small cooler in the car with things like cheese and yogurt to snack on between meals.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.