Whether you’re embarking on an adventure to the Grand Canyon or simply planning a visit to the Tower Bridge of London, chances for a road trip are expected in future. A long road trip can create havoc on your diet if not planned ahead. It is always advised to pack some healthy snacks and nutritious homemade meals in order to avoid junk foods and over-priced restaurants and to keep yourself healthy and fresh.
Drinking plenty of water through out your journey keeps you hydrated. Try carrying plenty of water and low calorie drinks in the car. The re- circulated air can make you feel thirsty, and thirst is often mistaken for hunger. When it comes to snacks, try munching on protein- rich food and fibrous food which will keep you feeling full for a longer time. Consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables such as apples, grapes, tomatoes, sliced carrots and sliced bell peppers will also keep you healthy throughout your journey.
Flavored sandwiches topped with crisp vegetables and spread with pesto or cream cheese is a good way to evade the road side junk food. Sandwiches can be made a night before and stored in the fridge in order to keep it fresh for a longer time. Also try to pack these snacks in zip-lock bags to keep it fresh. Cheese cubes cut into small pieces can be stored in zip- lock bags for consumption. Eating cheese can satisfy your hunger and give you the calcium your body needs. Celery sticks are a good option for crunchy snacks rather than French fries packed from some popular fast food restaurants. They taste good and you can carry a Tupperware full of celery sticks with your favorite dip. Berries of different kinds may serve as a healthy snack too. These fruits are full of antioxidants and are healthy for your skin. Eat a handful when you feel hungry in the car and store them in tight containers.
Certain gas stations also provide food markets with a wide variety of food choices. If you cannot pack your own food or run out of snacks, you can pick up some healthy snacks while you stop for fuel. When taking long road trips you certainly have to stop to stretch your legs or let the dog have a break at a road side restaurant. If you are trying to make a good time of your stop, you can decide to pick up something from the vending machines to save yourself from halting at another stop. To make the healthiest choices, select bottled water instead of soda and look for baked chips, honey roasted nuts, fruit snacks, or cheese and cracker options.
On arriving at your planned destination, consider renting a place with a kitchen. This will help you save a lot on your wallet and restrict you from eating out. Once you have arrived at your destination check out for some local farm stands from where you could collect fresh vegetables and fruits. Trying out new and local cuisine can be a great part of a vacation for you and your family. Plan ahead and list out your dietary items in order to stick to them. Eat well and stay well to enjoy your road trip to the fullest!