Healthy Travels

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Today’s guest post by Kathy is about eating healthy while on a road trip.

Recently I traveled across the state which meant that I was in the car for about 5 hours.  I normally take some snacks along in case I get hungry. The question is what to take. Snacking on the road can lead to a lot of extra calories.  Planning ahead can help you get through with no problems.  Here are a few simple things that I try to remember.

First of all if I will be traveling more than a couple of hours, I try to have something to eat before I leave.  Having  breakfast, lunch or dinner before hitting the road will help from getting too hungry.

If you will be on the road for several hours, think about what and where you will have your next meal.  How many hours do you need before you need to have your next meal. Those rest stops do not have the healthiest foods and I don’t want to be forced to eat something that I do not want just because I need to eat and that is all that is available.  Even if you have to get off at an exit to find healthier foods, it is a good idea.   Packing a sandwich can be helpful if you don’t have a place or want to stop.  Containers of yogurt or a salad are great too but not if you are driving.

I like fruit and vegetables for snacks.  I try to make everything bite size so I am not distracted as I drive.  Pretzels and nuts are a great snack but be careful of your serving size.  I can mindlessly eat a 1/2 bag of pretzels without even thinking about it.  If you have that problem, put serving sizes into little sandwich bags.  If you are taking fruit, you may want to take some hand wipes.  Fruit can get a little sticky.

I also like to take a large container of a drink.  If you are a coffee drinker, it can help keep you awake and something hot takes a little more time to drink.  I love iced tea.  I usually pour a large glass into a travel container and use a straw.  I just take a sip here and there.  I do the same with a diet soda.  The only downfall to this is the bathroom breaks that you may need to take more frequently.  Just think of it as stretching your legs and just a bit more exercise.

Hopefully with these easy tips, you can travel well and stay healthy!

Kathy has been posting with us every Wednesday and sharing her story and ideas for weight loss and a healthy life. Miss any of the previous posts?

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