For me, I’m gluten-free in life, and that doesn’t change once I hit the road. People are always asking me, “Is that hard?” And for me, it’s not. I’m not celiac but I have a gluten sensitivity and skin issues that are better without the inflammation, i.e., gluten.
Anyhow, this article about your “diet” could pertain to anyone, whether you eat lower sugar, lower salt, Keto, Vegan or anything else.
For the purposes of this article, when I say “diet,” I am just referring to what you eat normally and on a consistent basis. The foods that make you feel the best, give you energy, and are healthy and delicious, all at the same time.
But no matter what “diet” you stick to, or what lifestyle you have at home, you can do it on the road! I promise. Here’s how:
Bring things you love, that you want to eat, and that fall in line with your diet. This way, if you don’t have time to stop, don’t want to stop, or just want something to eat in the car, you already have it.
Not only does having snacks you know you like and align with your diet help you stay on track but it will cause you not to feel hangry or binge eat once you finally do make it to your destination, (or a fast food place,) because you are starving and haven’t eaten enough during your travels. This will save you from being too hungry and or eating things you normally wouldn’t.
Snacks To Bring In The Car
Fruits like apples, bananas, berries, and citrus like grapefruits and oranges are perfect to have in the car. They don’t need refrigeration (at least not right away), and will provide you with vitamins, fiber, and “fill you up” with the good stuff.
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Vegetables like carrots, cut up broccoli and cucumbers, and even pieces of cauliflower are great in the car, too. Make sure to bring a dip to liven up this snack and you will have lots of nutritious vegetables filling up your belly.
Also for me, I love to have Lara Bars (check these out, they are made with only fruit and nuts, have so many flavors, and are so delicious), gluten-free pretzels or crackers, sometimes cheeses and meats, and lots of water.)
Eat A Salad, Everyday
Speaking of vegetables filling up your belly, eat a salad, everyday! Salads are good for everyone and there are so many toppings, you will always find something you like. Plus, the vegetables give you so much of what you need, including lots of water. Whether lunch or dinner (or heck, breakfast if you want), eating a salad will add much needed veggies to your diet and fill you up without filling you out.
Get A “Kitchenette” Type Room
Alright, moving on. When you pick a place to stay, see if they offer a complimentary refrigerator and microwave. If not, you can often request them to bring one to your room. This means that you don’t always have to be eating out, if you don’t want to be. You can grab healthy eats like oatmeal or cottage cheese from the store and have them to eat. There are also lots of healthy microwavable things that you can eat rather than going to a restaurant for all your meals.
But if you go (I should say ‘when’ because who doesn’t eat out at least sometimes while they travel) to a restaurant, here are some sure fire ways to eat well, even out.
Like I said before, get a salad! Soup and salad is by far one of my most favorite meals, ever, so I guess I’m biased but you can also get soup on the side (make sure it’s gluten-free if you’re like me,) or chicken wings or a fruit plate to finish off your meal.
Also, follow the guidelines. So many places these days have a gluten-free menu or a key that shows which foods are which. (Like V=vegetarian or Vegan, make sure to ask which one it is! GF= gluten-free or others like signature dishes or lower calorie dishes)
These tips are easy to follow and will make it easier to keep you on your diet while you travel. What are your favorite travel snacks to travel with?
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