Healthy eating on the road makes traveling more fun. For business or pleasure trips, plan a movable feast, and your energy will stay high. Bon voyage! Bon appetit!
Water, water everywhere: Drink as much water as possible. It may mean more bathroom breaks, but it’s the number one overlooked health maneuver. People often interpret thirst as hunger. Stay well-hydrated at all times. Herbal teas and fruit and vegetable drinks hydrate the body, while alcohol, soft drinks and coffee dehydrate it.
Pack a cooler: Homemade snacks are a big help. Fresh veggies, fruit, crackers, bread sticks, trail mix, nuts, pretzels, bagels, fig bars, yogurt – there are countless healthy choices. For little travelers, keep a good stock of juice boxes, graham crackers, animal crackers, bite-sized breakfast cereal and string cheese. During long trips, drop into local grocery stores to replenish the cooler. Among your supplies, include a good paring knife, an assortment of cutlery and plenty of wet wipes.
From the menu: Eating well in roadside restaurants is a challenge, but it can be done.
- Choose items that are lower in fats and carbs, such as salads and grilled chicken.
- Beware the sauces that add calories to otherwise excellent choices.
- Drink a glass of water before dinner. Don’t worry that you’ll be hungry later – you’ve got a well-stocked snack cooler. To stay in top traveling form, eat less, more often.