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Smarter Health: How to Eat Healthy on The Road
November 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Part of our travels this holiday season will involve a 10-hour road trip. Yes, feeling my pain, eh? Whenever I hear "road trip," I think about all of the activities we will have to pack to keep us busy...and fed. But those snacks only go so far. Inevitably, we will stop to go potty (yeah, I say that still....I really need to switch to "go to the bathroom") and grab a bite to eat. As we all know, fast food is an easy choice, but one that is just sooooooooooo bad for us.

Sure, packing snacks and a cooler in the car is a-number-one way to try to eat better and "normal" when on the road, but here are some other ideas to be a little healthier as you travel. 

-- Drink water. This may seem counterproductive to driving as you will have to make a ton of stops, but being dehydrated is one of the big reasons we overeat or feel hungry when we aren't. Be sure to have bottles or thermoses of water for the whole family to avoid oversnacking and overeating. (This is a good thing to remember when flying too.)

-- When you can, try to stop at a regular restaurant, like a Denny's or Cracker Barrel. You can sit down with a larger menu that offers more variety of healthier options (and their restrooms are usually a little cleaner).

-- If you have to do choose a fast food place, opt for a Subway where you can make your own sandwich and avoid fried items. If that isn't possible, refrain from supersizing and select a grilled option if possible.

How do you eat on the road? What do you find yourself and your family eating? Do you try to keep it healthy?

©iStockphoto.com/ Marek Uliasz 

Replies

  • Rushn311
    November 14, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    This  is a hard one for me

  • JasonsMom2007
    November 14, 2012 at 2:17 AM
    We eat chipotle. Black rice and brown beans yummy!
  • maxswolfsuit
    November 14, 2012 at 6:06 AM

    This is a challenge. So many quick things that are so bad for you!

  • mrswillie
    November 14, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    At fast food, I stick with salads, and chicken that is broiled or grilled. 

  • SarahSuzyQ
    November 14, 2012 at 8:05 AM
    We do Subway, and we pack a cooler with sandwich stuff for the first day on the road.
  • inmybizz
    November 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    I try to pack some healthy stuff..We avoid fast food places and eat at restaurants- I  make better food choices. I skip the manager's social hr at the hotel(you can gain a ton of weight drinking and snacking).

  • momofsixangels
    November 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    We dont go out to eat

  • fraujones
    November 14, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    We need to improve in this area. We love driving through Dunkin :)

  • Juniper53098
    November 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    We stop at Jimmy John's.  It's the only fast food sub place that has a gluten free option - the UNWICH!  I just wish they had more veggie options to put on the sandwich.

  • hugss
    by hugss
    November 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    We do try but it is difficult,
    Always the water helps though :)

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