How to Eat Well on a Road Trip

To be honest, I never really tried to eat healthfully on a road trip.  I always just kind of went with the “eff this” attitude because it seemed too hard and all those candy isle snacks at the rest stops are just too tempting to resist!  Of course it’s fun at first, but after three days of eating that way and sitting in a car all day I always feel sluggish and yucky.

On last weekend’s road trip from New Haven to Houston (yes, you read that right 😉 over 1,800 miles and 27 hours) I really committed to fueling my body the RIGHT way while on the road so that I felt energized and clean inside.  And let me tell you, it actually wasn’t as hard as I thought!  I documented some of my meals and snacks to give you some ideas.  Check out the food diary below!

Main Meals

Pretty much your only quick options for lunches and dinners are fast food, but don’t be intimidated by that!  You might be surprised at how easy it is to eat healthfully at fast food joints.

Subway is a fantastic option because you can customize so easily.  In fact, I had Subway sandwiches for lunch 3 days in a row 🙂 !  When building your sandwich, stick to a 6″ version with lean deli meat (I had turkey and roast beef), skip the cheese and creamy toppings, and load up on fresh veggies and greens!  I also usually grab a piece of fruit to go along with it rather than chips.

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It is so easy to customize at Subway.
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I stay away from the salty chips because they make me feel bloated and grab a fresh apple or banana from a gas station to eat with my sandwich instead.

Another surprisingly healthy fast food option is McDonald’s!  I know it can be hard to resist that quarter pounder and fries, but their salads are really flavorful and super fresh!

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Southwest salad with grilled chicken.  Tip: only use HALF of the dressing.

Breakfast

I try to keep breakfast light on the road.  I almost got a honey chicken biscuit from Whataburger one day until I saw it had almost 600 calories!  That’s a lot of calories to use up first thing in the morning and likely would have left me feeling pretty sluggish for the rest of the day.

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Most hotels have a bistro or breakfast buffet that has basics like Greek yogurt and fruit.  This is a great way to start a day on the road!
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This is a great breakfast you can get at ANY gas station, so no excuses!  Protein, a little fat, and carbs.  The perfect combination to get your day started.

Snacks

Ok so if anything, THIS is my downfall!  I’m all about those dirty road trip snacks!  I never eat Cheeto’s, but something about being on a road trip just has me wanting to stockpile chips, candy, and nuts and just graze on them all day.  I successfully avoided this during my trip by having small treats I crave on a road trip, but also packing my own snacks so I wasn’t as tempted to peruse the candy aisle at every bathroom break.

 

I packed my own snacks like Health Warrior bars and RX bars.  These are great for a quick snack on the road or even as a breakfast option.

 

Of course y’all know my obsession with ice cream is real.  These little treats won’t ruin your diet and are just so yummy!  My tip?  Opt for the kids or small size to keep your portions in check!

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Sometimes you just have to treat yourself and if you do it in moderation, go for it!

Of course I did have to grab some candy while on the road!  When choosing candy, try to stick to a single serving bag.  Avoid the KING size!  If you’re like me, there’s no way you can eat just half 🙂 .

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