Drive in the “Healthy Lane” During Your Next Road Trip.

August 29, 2012

Sweet summer is just ahead of us, and if you’re gearing up for a long holiday weekend this Memorial Day, don’t let your health take the back seat.

Believe it or not, there’s something about being in a car that makes you want to eat a lot of snacks. (We know the feeling!) Being miles away from your kitchen in addition to driving for hours without seeing anything more nutritionally promising than a gas station can really “crash” your diet. But, with a little smart packing and a good plan, you can eat almost as healthy on the road as you do at home. Here’s a few tips:

Skip the drive-thru. While French fries are easy to eat with one hand, they’ll definitely add more unwanted junk in your trunk. Opt for fresh fruit instead that is low in calories and great for maintaining your electrolytes, which keep your muscles from getting stiff as you drive. Can’t finish it all in one bite? Sprinkle a little True Lemon over your fruit to keep it from browning during the ride.

Pre-pack it. Not only will it help you to save on calories, but cash too! Plus, you’ll be more likely to eat foods that fight fatigue, increase your attention span, and keep you alert. Sandwiches on whole wheat bread will prevent you from feeling sluggish, and peppermints are healthier stimulants than caffeine, which can lead to energy crashes. Here are a few more of our travel food favorites:

  • Homemade trail mix – Easy to make and will help keep you full and energized. Make sure to buy unsalted nuts and dried fruit without added sugar.
  • Multi or wholegrain crackers – If you’re craving carbs, these are great to munch on. Drop a few in single serving sized baggies beforehand to keep you from reaching for more.
  • String cheese – Cheese is great in moderation and a great source of calcium.
  • Popcorn – Opt for plain, unbuttered versions, and swap the salt for a few shakes of True Lime. A great way to add flavor without the added sodium.

BYOW. Bring your own water. Staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to stay alert and energized. Aim to drink every hour or two so you don’t feel thirsty. And to help you consume more, flavor it with all natural (and super portable!) True Citrus packets.

Watch your back. Smart snacking is important, but so is your posture when you’re in the car for an extended period of time. By fidgeting a little – gently twisting your torso from side to side when you’re at a red light – can help. Another tip: Make sure your can comfortably reach the pedals while keeping your knees bent and slightly higher than your hips.

Road trips can be both fun and rewarding if you take the time to plan for the road ahead. So pack, prepare, and don’t forget to wear your seat belt!

Is there a snack that you always pack before taking a trip? Let us know what keeps you out of the fast food joints and roadside convenience stores in the comments section below.