14 Jul Plan Ahead for a Healthy Road Trip!
I don’t know about you, but I get giddy every time a road trip draws near. Driving with the windows rolled down, our favorite tunes on the radio, and the feeling of freedom as we explore whatever our hearts desire . . . what isn’t there to love about all that?
This week, I had multiple clients reach out and ask what they should do for their upcoming road trips; they wanted to make sure they avoided dining on gas station hotdogs and soda and keep things healthy along the way. And, since this is our “road trip” season of the year, I thought y’all might benefit from some healthy ideas too. The more prepared we are, the better we feel today and always.
Tips to make your next road trip a healthy one:
- Prep ahead: plan out your meals and snacks for the time you’re on the road. Grocery shop and prep all food ahead so you can pack the cooler and food tote with nourishing noshes!
- Simple meal ideas to nourish you well:
- Salad in a jar: Build a variety of mason jar salads to store in the cooler. The salads will last a few days and provide a full meal! The build is quick and easy: 1) put the dressing in the bottom of the jar 2) layer multiple vegetables/fruit 3) then add nuts/seeds 4) pack 1.5 – 2 cups of leafy greens tightly into the top of the jar and close with the lid. Keep jars upright and DO NOT let the dressing touch the greens before you consume the salad, or you’ll be in for one slimy meal. Pack paper plates/utensils. When you’re ready to eat, pour the contents of the jar onto your plate and it’ll create a beautiful salad. Pack meat, egg, beans, or cheese in separate containers and top your salad with them.
- Picnic style dinner: select a variety of organic, nitrite/nitrate-free deli meats, grapes, cherries, a variety of vegetables, organic cheese, crackers and hummus for a picnic-style lunch or dinner. Enjoy!
- For breakfast, you can purchase travel-size nut-butter packets to squeeze on a piece of fruit, enjoy a GoMacro, or RX Bar on the road, or bring along oatmeal/grain cereal bowls (prepackaged) and get hot water from the hotel or gas station to mix. You can bring chopped nuts and fresh fruit to add to your breakfast bowl as well.
- Snacks: snacks are great to have on a long road trip; just make sure you are mindful about how much you’re consuming (it’s easy to nibble all day long if you’re not careful).
- Homemade trail mix: my favorite includes a variety of nuts/seeds, raw coconut flakes, dried cherries and dark chocolate baking chips.
- Chopped veggies & hummus.
- Organic tortilla chips and premade guacamole.
- Homemade oat/nut/chocolate/dried fruit cookies.
Consider how you can make some of your favorite meals ahead of time. If you desire a hot meal while on the road, you can make a pot of soup or chili ahead of time and put it in a large thermos for the road.
Stay well hydrated! We carry reusable water bottles and for a treat, we’ll flavor our water with TrueLemon packets or Nuun tablets. Depending on available space, we’ll bring extra water along, or fill up at every stop.
Most importantly, a healthy road trip begins with a healthy mindset. Honor your body whether at home, or on vacation. There’s no need to go off the rails, or “eat whatever I want to eat” just because I’m on vacation. Enjoy a treat here and there if you’d like, and stick to what you know serves you best. Your body will love you for it and you’ll feel amazing all vacation long.
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