You’re headed to parts unknown for a weekend road trip, and you realize that you have not packed a thing to eat. During the week, you have worked really hard to make good food choices that promote a healthy lifestyle. So why blow all of your hard work on the weekend?
Here are a few tips that might help you stay on track. Convenience stores really market themselves to SAD (standard American diet) followers, so you might stand out in the crowd looking for kale on the interstate. But, you can survive and eat well.
Ten Grab and Go Items to Stay Healthy
1. Fresh fruit is everywhere. Have an orange, apple, or banana for a refreshing snack.
2. Ready-made salads. They might not be your salad ideal, but they will be packed with fresh veggies. Just make certain to check the expiration date. For dressing, skip the packet of high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavoring, and head to the iced-tea area and snatch a few lemon wedges. Freshly squeezed lemon juice makes a great dressing.
3. If drive-thru is your thing, do not lose hope. Again, skip the burgers and fries, and order a salad. And fast food places always have lemon for your salad dressing.
4. Fast-food plain baked potatoes. Get a potato, and a salad. Top the potato with the salad. It will be super tasty. And that potato is satisfying and packed with Vitamin C!
5. If pizza is your thing, give this a try. Now, mind you, in the ideal plant-based pizza world, there would be a whole wheat crust. If that isn’t being offered, order a pizza “hold the cheese,” add broccoli, onions, peppers, olives, and any other veggies that will add color and texture, as well as taste, to this delicious pizza.
6. With frozen yogurt shoppes popping up everywhere, this might be a great place for a fun dessert. Hold the swirl of frozen stuff, even if its vegan, and opt for just the fresh fruit at the “fixings bar.” The vegan “screams” are loaded with sugar.
7. Skip the sodas. Did you know that on the “soda fountain machine” there is a white button that you can push for a nice glass of cool water? And on some of the newer machines, you can even find seltzer? Plus, it’s almost always free!
8. Maybe you are at a diner. There aren’t a lot of healthy options at most diners. But, a good alternative is an “A-L-T.” Avocado, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Ask to have your whole grain bread toasted, and use one piece of the avocado as “mayo.”
9. Need something crunchy? A few options might grab your attention. Low-fat potato chips might fit the bill, BUT, if they are made from “potato flour,” they generally contain unwelcome ingredients. So, stick with REAL potato chips that are low fat. Even better, just skip the chips and grab a carrot.
10. If numbers 1-9 don’t work, turn around, drive back home and run into the house and throw some veggies, hummus, low-salt pretzels, bottled water, and fresh fruit in a cooler.
Weekend getaways are always fun, and you may as well eat healthy foods so that you enjoy your excursion even more.