How to Eat Healthy on the Road
The world is getting smaller. Airplanes and travel are an almost unavoidable part of life these days.
For some, it’s a constant, on-the- go type lifestyle. For others, it’s the occasional airplane ride or road trip maybe once or twice a year.
Whatever the case is for you, eating healthy on the road is something that certainly isn’t easy. Everywhere you look, there’s another fast food restaurant trying to serve you cheap, greasy cheeseburgers.
Fries with that? You bet!
If you’re a health food warrior or even someone trying to be health-conscious while on the go, these 3 tips should help keep your diet in check.
Preparation is Key
Let’s face it. Fast food isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. That’s why preparation is key if you plan to stick with a healthy diet on the road.
In your car or travel bag, you should pack healthy foods that travel well, such as almonds and citrus fruits. Protein bars and beef jerky also travel extremely well and can help curb hunger more than foods high in starchy carbohydrates.
You will also want to pack some vegetables as well as fruit. Celery with peanut butter is delicious and will survive just about any trip you need to take.
Don’t forget to bring your own water bottle to fill up along your journey. Since airports banned water bottles going through security, you will want to make sure it’s empty prior to entering the checkpoint.
If you’re on the open road in lieu of the sky, don’t forget to bring reusable water bottles and Tupperware. They’re perfect for roadside meals, plus staying green on-the- go is always important.
Eating Out Smart
In some cases, especially on long or overnight trips, eating out is unavoidable. While at home, you probably don’t dine out every night. On certain trips however, going out to dinner nightly isn’t that uncommon.
The trick to eating out smart is not to get into the mindset of “treating yourself.” That might work while at home and spoiling yourself with the occasional night out, but those calories add up quick every night while traveling.
Instead, opt for meals you might normally eat at home – nothing super fatty or loaded with carbs. When in doubt, go for the salad. It’s usually your safest bet.
Can’t Go Wrong with Protein and Greens
Speaking of salads, they really are your best friends while on the road. They’re perfect for filling your belly with nutritious greens while getting a decent dose of protein, too.
Protein helps with building lean muscle and curbing your hunger. When on the road, it’s far too easy to overload yourself with fat and carbs, while missing out on the essential building blocks of life that is protein.
Again, if you must go out to eat, opt for salads. Greens and protein will keep you healthy and strong.
Eating healthy on the go is something everyone struggles with. Our civilization hasn’t exactly made it easy with fast food restaurants around every airport hallway and off every highway exit.
The advice in this article should give you a good starting point for resisting the temptation and staying healthy.