Greetings again friends! By the time you read this, I'll be on my way to Tennessee for the National Storytelling Festival. My husband proposed at the festival four years ago and for that reason (and many others) we look forward to this trip every year. (You can read about his proposal here; our one year anniversary here; and the Storytelling Center did a write-up about us here.) As much as I'm looking forward to this trip, it's hard to eat healthy on the road when there's a 7-11 and McDonalds at every exit along the way. Here are my methods for staying strict, and surviving a 7+ hour drive to Tennessee.
1. Get a Cooler. It might seem a little ridiculous to drive around with a cooler in the backseat, but having a cooler will give you a lot more options of things to eat on the go. You can pack more fruit and vegetables, and even frozen items to heat and eat when you arrive at your destination.
2. Shop with your trip in mind. When I went grocery shopping this week, I bought things that were roadtrip friendly like Larabars (they're such a treat)! I also picked up raisins, almonds, carrots, and pears, all of which will be easy to eat in the car. Another great buy is pellegrino! I've been addicted to it lately! Sure beats plain ole' water.
3. Pack for the Road. Obviously it's not easy to eat a kale salad and drive, but if you pack smart, you can enjoy some delicious snacks will driving. Recently, I've been making ants on a log for work. Simply cut up your celery, smear on your almond butter, place the raisins, and store them in Tupperware. They make a great snack and are easy to eat on the go!
4. Say no to fast food. Decide before you go that you won't stop for fast food under any circumstances! If you can't say for sure whether you can keep that promise, look at the menu ahead of time and chose some things you can enjoy without the guilt! (Personally, I love McDonald's Sante Fe Salad!)
5. Rest stops are your friend. Rest stops are a great way to stretch your legs and use the bathroom without being bombarded with fast food options. If you have to stop, look for a rest area!
6. Warn your co-pilot. I'm traveling with my husband who has absolutely no qualms with stopping along the way for some Burger King and Redbull, but, I've already asked him to refrain for my sake. I'm packing a few things he likes to eat, too, of course; and in the end, this approach not only saves our waistline, but our wallet as well!
What are your tips for surviving long roadtrips?
What are your favorite on-the-go snacks?
*Also, a quick thanks for bearing with me as I continue to work on the website. If you catch things looking wonky, my apologies! I'm trying to get the new template (and all the links and photos) squared away! I appreciate your patience!