It’s vacation season and for many families, that means road trips! Road trips are a great way to have an affordable and healthy vacation. In many cases, traveling means eating out for almost every meal but road trips make it easy to remain healthy and mindful.
Here are some tips for eating healthy and staying safe during your family vacation!
Pack a Cooler
The number 1 tip for eating healthy during travels is to pack a cooler for picnic lunches and healthy snacks. Rather than going to a fast food restaurant for your lunch, stop at a rest stop or scenic park and have a picnic! Pack whole grain bread, lean sliced meats, peanut butter, yogurt, veggies, hummus, fruits, etc. Picnicking not only provides a healthier lunch option but it allows adults and kids alike to stretch and play.
Be sure to keep fresh ice in your cooler so everything stays nice and cold!
Healthy Car Snacks
Rather than buying the usual chips and candy bars for car snacks, pack foods that are healthy and more filling. Grapes, dried fruit & nut trail mixes, yogurt, and whole grain crackers all make for easy and filling snacks. Items like potato chips and candy bars are easy to mindlessly snack on leading to an upset stomach. Road trip ruiner!
Have Frequent Stops
Every family seems to have that one person who needs to stop for the bathroom all the time. This is not a bad thing! Stopping every couple of hours allows everyone to get out of the car and move around. It’s easy to be sedentary during long trips, however, being active is still very important. Take frequent stops and take a walk around the rest stop, bring along a frisbee for a few minutes of play time, or even just do basic curb side stretches.
Indulge in Wise Choices
Being healthy on your vacation doesn’t mean you have to picnic for every meal. When eating out at restaurants, making healthy choices can be simple and equally as delicious! Some examples include ordering the local or fresh fish, choose seasonal veggies over fries, or share your favorite entree with a family member. If you decide to enjoy a dessert, ask for multiple spoons and share that amazing molten chocolate lava cake!
Stay Healthy Inside and Out!
Traveling in general can be hard on our systems. Getting sick during a vacation can happen whether it be a foodborne illness, travelers diarrhea, or a common cold. Here are some tips to avoid illness during your much needed vacation!
Post by: Abby Douglas, RD, LD
RanDee Anshutz is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Massage Therapist practicing in Bend, Oregon. As a Health at Every Size (HAES) provider she strives to help EVERYONE in EVERY BODY achieve optimal health.