Vacation! The perfect moment of the year when you can relax and taste the beauty of life with no limits. Traveling by car offers you and your family better flexibility because you can plan in detail the places and activities of the road trip.
However, there is an important aspect of the trip that should be planned with care as much as the other details: food. While traveling, fast-foods or restaurants can be tempting as you may want to try local food or you just want to have a rich meal since you can’t cook. Although there is nothing wrong with enjoying a few treats now and again, financially speaking, it would cost you more than if you prepared food for the road trip.
Speaking from a dietary point of view, it is advisable to stick to your eating habits while traveling. Why? When you travel, the frequency of your meals a day and their quality can be affected by the outdoor activities and lack of time.
If your eating habits and frequency of your meals are affected, it is more likely that your body would be affected as well by the changes. Stomach cramps or weight gain/loss are two of the side effects of an irregular eating schedule. Luckily, there are many snacks and meals you can prepare for the trip, which can save you time, money and keep you healthy at the same time.
Here are 7 healthy foods you can take on the road trip:
Fruits are the best snack you could have at breakfast or in between meals as they are rich nutrients and could be a sweet treat for kids as well. Since fruits are not a satiable snack, DrDietitian Jessica Central suggests that combining fruits with proteins would level the blood sugar and also make you feel fuller. Nuts, cereals or cheese are a great combination with fruits!
Whether you consume veggies all together as a salad, garnish or as a small snack, they are always a good choice for trips. Raw or cooked, vegetables are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and minerals, which keep away bad cholesterol and assure a proper function of the bowel.
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Yogurts contain active bacteria which promote a good function of your digestive system. Moreover, consuming it before or on vacation can prevent your stomach from getting any “unfriendly” bacteria. Make sure that you place the yogurt on ice cubes in a cooler in order to keep it fresh and safe.
4. GoPicnic packs
GoPicnic offers a wide range of meal boxes (such as turkey pepperoni, hummus, crackers, kosher, etc.) for all dietary requirements such as gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian. If you want to maintain a normal weight level while on a road trip, GoPicnic also offers low-fat meals. You can always grab a pack from Amazon, Walmart or other name providers. Don’t forget to club your online order with latest coupons from Frugaa and save a fortune.
5. Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
Having a dessert after lunch or dinner is a crave that both kids and adults have. Peanut Butter Banana muffins are the right choice if you travel by car: they aren’t messy and they can easily be preserved. They will not only make your day sweeter, but they will also be a good source of fiber and protein.
6. Whole-grain Pretzels
Feel like eating something crunchy? Whole-grain pretzels are the right salty snack which can satiate your craving. Avoid potato chips even if their multi flavors tempt you. Pretzels are less fatty and contain more iron than potato chips.
Another alternative to satisfy the salty craving are olives which provide you vitamin E and heart-healthy fats. Black, green, mixed or tapenade, olives can be served with your salad or with whole-grain crackers.
Another important aspect of your health whether you travel or not is hydration. Make sure you drink plenty of water as it regulates your body’s temperature and assures a good level of energy.
Planning your diet for the trip can be fun, cheap and healthy.
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