Who doesn’t love a good road trip? Roll down the windows, turn up the tunes, feel the wind in your hair... you’re off on a real adventure! And with kids in tow, the fun is amplified.
Eating Well on the Road
If you’re traveling more than a short distance, both car and tummies will need refueling. Rest stops, fast food joints, and convenience stores are quick and easy, but they don’t always offer many healthy snack options.
With some advanced planning, your family can enjoy healthy, road-ready snacks. Here are some tips to get you started.
Plan Ahead and Pack
The best way to make sure you have healthy snack and meal options when traveling is to take them with you. Keep things simple by sticking to whole foods that you know your kids will eat. Perishable items can be kept in a cooler packed with ice.
Don’t forget utensils, and pack lots of napkins and cleansing wipes—even simple snacks can be a messy affair when kids are involved!
- canned peaches
- sliced bell peppers
- nut butter sandwiches
- trail mix
- cheese sticks
- whole-grain crackers
- low-fat milk
- 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices
Make Smart Stops for Food
If you’re traveling a considerable distance, you’ll need more than snack foods to keep you going. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends making the most of your stops by choosing your meals wisely.
Check the Supermarket for Prepped Foods
Supermarkets offer healthy options like fruits with peels (bananas and oranges), as well as pre-washed and cut vegetables—grab some hummus to dip and you’re good to go.
Choose Wisely at Restaurants
If you’d rather have a sit-down meal, take some time reading the menu.
- Choose entrées that are baked, broiled, grilled, or steamed, and avoid anything fried.
- Salads with lean protein can be surprisingly filling.
- Good breakfast choices include oatmeal, eggs, and whole-grain bread.
Eat a Balanced Diet
No matter where you eat your meals, aim to fill half of your plate with fruit and vegetables. Split the rest evenly between lean protein and whole grains.