Life on the road can be hard. Gas stations abound with quick and unwholesome snacks to trip up any health conscious person. Sure, there are good options at many fast food restaurants, but who can really go all day eating side salads?
Eating healthy may not be a top priority for you, but feeling and preforming your best probably is. I know vacations are a time to let your hair down a bit and eat differently than normal- but let’s not do so at the expense of feeling like crap. A little planning goes a long way in feeling your best so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest. Your wallet will also be happy you planned ahead.
I have above average self-control when it comes to making healthy choices, but even I have a hard time in convenience stores when I am starving and see a display of candy bars. Here are my 3 golden rules for healthy traveling-
1. Eat before you’re starving and lose all reasoning skills
2. Remember to drink water- even if it means visiting a rest stop
3. Be prepared with healthy snacks
This weekend I am off to another state, and have packed up enough food for a couple meals and some snacks for the drive. Call me crazy, but I’m bringing my blender and electric kettle along to make my beloved Bulletproof butter coffee each morning. You may have thought that I am a little piggy to be eating all the food in the photo in a weekend, but my boyfriend will be there too and sharing food with him is my love language.
A word about this list: it is not comprehensive, but it is what I would bring. I am gluten free, pseudo-paleo, and tend to eat a high fat high protein diet with veggies and the occasional fruit and starch. I eat food as close to its natural state as possible, so I am even very selective with snack bars and always read the labels of packaged products. I would love to hear what else you would bring on your next road trip!
No refrigeration needed (the stupidly simple stuff to bring)
- Reusable water bottle
- Sweet potatoes
- Dried fruit
- Snack bars
- Canned fish
- Nut butters
- Protein powder & shaker bottle
- Hard boiled eggs
- Smoothies/ shakes
- Smoked salmon
- Pre-made sushi
- Grass fed butter
- Coconut/ almond milk
- Coconut water
- A cooler
- I have a cooler bag which is made out of ice packs for very perishable items
- Less perishable items like fruit and veggies I keep in an insulated bag with just one ice pack
- Paper towels
- For cooking the sweet potato and bacon in a microwave
- Spices like salt, pepper, cinnamon, (or for me- just butter!)
- Zip-lock bags
- Re-usable water bottle
What else would you bring along?