6 Tips for Eating Healthy on the Road


6 Tips for Healthy Eating on the Road


If you are headed out on a road trip with your family, you have more than just clothes and toys to think about, you must also plan ahead for meals and snacks.


As you strive to provide your family with healthy choices, keep in mind that driving all day cuts your average daily calorie burn by 400 so it's smart to eat as healthy as possible. Follow these 6 healthy eating tips and bypass the junk:


Healthy eating begins where you stop.
If you're traveling and stop at a fast-food joint, your food choices will be limited to fast
food. But if you stop at a grocery store that offers healthy foods or a market that
features a salad bar, you quickly expand your choices (and reduce junk-food
temptations).


Eat frequently, in smaller amounts.
Eating small amounts of healthy foods throughout the day sends a signal to your brain
that there is a good food supply so it's okay for your body to burn through those
calories quickly. Eating too many calories in one meal, even if they're it's healthy, tells
your brain that leaner times are around the corner, so those calories will get stored as
fat. Eating too much at one sitting can also make you sluggish and sleepy.


Keep plenty of water on board. Drink plenty of water to flush the body of toxins, and
keep skin fresh. It will also help avoid travel lag, symptoms of overexposure to the
heat or sun, and junk-food cravings. Believe it or not, many of the unhealthy cravings
we experience on the road can be satisfied with a refreshing drink of pure water.


Pack healthy snacks. Load a cooler with low-cal, protein-rich foods, such as apple
slices and peanut butter-the protein keeps you fuller longer. Often when traveling,
you don't have access to food at regular intervals. Or worse, you skip meals so you
can have that big piece of chocolate cake later. The problem is, your body responds
as if it's facing a food shortage and your metabolism slows way down to prevent you
from starving. To keep your mind and body humming, pack healthy snacks in your car
or backpack. Examples are almonds, raw vegetables and hummus, yogurt and
berries, fresh and dried fruit, and hard-boiled eggs.


Invest in a good cooler or a small car fridge. If you're on a long trip, take along a
large quality cooler or think about investing in a small car fridge that runs off the power
of the car. This allows you to take along milk, meat, dairy products, fruits, vegetables
and other perishable items.


Enjoy local foods. Keep an eye out for local farmers markets and food stands where
you can pick up local fresh produce.


Eating healthy most of the day will allow you to occasionally treat the family for ice
cream or other treats when you stop along the journey.


Janis B. Meredith, sports mom and coach's wife, writes a sports parenting blog called JBM Thinks. Check out her Sports Parenting Survival Guide Series with survival guides for football, softball,
basketball and volleyball moms.

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