I always try to make up baggies of veggies, nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, tuna wraps, or chicken salad in pita, of course plenty of water bottles.
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I found a wonderful cooler, small, that holds plenty of those ice packs you freeze ahead of time.
Prep before you go. and make sure you 'snack' on some o the things that you might not think of as 'snacks'. If you eat meat, cut up strips or chunks of chicken breast and cook ahead with lots of herbs and such for flavor. finger food size. If you can get good at making sure you have protein throughout the day, it will really help.
I also like containers of veggies that are blanched ahead of time. or ones cooked to crisp tender like fresh green beans. blanching takes away that 'i'm sick of raw vegetables' feeling.
check out the websites of the fast food places you might stop at. Decide ahead of time what you are going to order.
Take some pretzels and maybe the little jellos. I love hummus so you can get individual servings of that--and baby carrots, cucumbers, celery, green peppers or beans. Lots of veggies--you can eat a lot for few calories.
For breakfast you can take oatmeal and mix with the hot water usually available with the room coffee maker.
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Had grapes when I was growing up, still crave grapes on a long road trip .... quench your thirst and make a nice snack!
Supplement a small hamburger with your own cut up veggies and chunks of fruit. If you only have the small hamburger you will think you are deprived but the hamburger with your own sides will be more satisfying. I like McD"s fruit parfait. It is a treat food for me. You can also hit a grocery store's salad bar just watch out for the high calorie stuff. If you pack a cooler you will have more control and not be at the mercy of whatever is available when you want to eat.
Water.... water... We do lots of road trips. I take whatever fruit is in season, but hit roadside stands and farmers' markets along the way for local stuff.
The Eat This/Not That books have some excellent resources for evaluating the offerings at Fast Food restaurants.. my go to if there is a Jack in the Box is the whole wheat chicken fajita pita.. it's tasty, filling, low in calories, relatively low in sodium... if all there is available is a hamburger, I just eat it with only half the bun and leave of the so-called cheese (usually a form of plastic in my mind!).
And more water... I also sometimes take the Werther's sugar free hard candies.... they satisfy the urge for something sweet and last a long time if you don't crunch. Enjoy the trip!
Don't forget to take water! It makes it easier to pass up the combos at the fast food places!
Some of your usual good snacks will travel well. We also make up sandwiches that we like and snack on them. I cut them into 4's so I can snack on 1 piece or have 4 pieces for a meal (sounds like a lot, but its not!)
I try to take air-popped popcorn with a spritz of butter flavoring and a little salt for my 1 indulgence.
We stop at a grocery store on trips up to Illinois from Florida and avoid the fast food places. You can always take a "cooler" in the car on those long trips and have fruit, Deli sandwiches, milk, juice, etc. My son calls it "ALABAMA TAKE-OUT".
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