Your Eating Guide for Summer Road Trips
Road trips are an amazing way to see the country. There’s nothing like that carefree feeling: freedom from work and home responsibilities, and the excitement of the open road and possibility of adventure. Unfortunately, highways are often surrounded by more fast food options than healthy eats. If you’re planning your next trip and you want to stick with your low-sugar lifestyle while on the road, we’ve got a few ideas for you. Here’s what you need to know about getting ready, making smart choices, and eating healthy on the go
What to PackEvery set of golden arches or billboard for a mom-and-pop diner might feel like an invitation to stop for a treat. One of the simplest ways to avoid indulging in heavy, sugary foods is to bring your favorite healthy eats along for the drive. Pack a cooler with refreezable ice packs and focus on foods that meet these three standards:
- Variety. Don’t let yourself get bored with your options. Instead, bring small amounts of several different foods so you can switch it up throughout the trip.
- Filling. Letting yourself get too hungry is a great way to set yourself up for failure. Keep hunger at bay with filling snacks that are high and protein and fiber like nuts and hummus.
- Sugar Free. Your favorite road trip snack could contain hidden sugars. Check the ingredients and nutrition label. Cross it off your list if a sweetener is in its first three ingredients or it contains more sugar than fiber. Remember that just the taste of sugar can ramp up cravings, making it harder to resist an impulse stop for soda or candy.