Eating Healthy on the Road
She Rocks Fitness is taking a drive this weekend…A very LONG drive to the middle of the country for some training. I don’t mind long distance drives, but I cannot stand driving at night. So for this 8 hour drive, I’m planning on leaving in the morning, since the days are so dang short and hopefully get there just as it gets dark. 😦 I’m hoping that if I make good timing, I can get situated, do a quick workout, have dinner and relax before the training begins on Monday AM. Only time will tell…
Besides worrying about speeding, re-fueling, stopping for breaks, road kill, and staying awake, you have to worry of course about FOOD. The only items I will purchase at a rest stop are coffee and gum, otherwise I try to pack everything I need. I know that if I do eat take-out from any of those rest stops I will instantly have tummy issues along with the incredible desire to take a nap. HA! The other solution is: Pack It Up. Planning to pack a meal for the road is simple and doesn’t take a lot of time. Do it the night before and pack your small meals in a cooler or a brown bag. If you have children, you already do this for them, so might as well double it up!
I honestly do not want to sound like a snob, but if I can avoid eating fast food, I will do it. In the long run, I will feel better, have more energy, and be more satisfied. I’ll take option B. For this road trip, I packed items that I could eat quickly when filling up for gas, would remain fresh, and included all the nutrients that I would consume on a daily basis. Easy as pie! I grabbed a big cup of coffee at the local deli and hit the road. Thankfully it was gorgeous, warm, and quiet (since it was Sunday morning).
- Large cup of coffee with skim milk and sugar
- 1 c Kashi Go Lean Crunch
- 1 c Fage Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 c pumpkin
- Dash of cinnamon
- 1 whole wheat tortilla (not pictured, but eaten of course)
- 1 T Crazy Richard’s crunchy peanut butter (Love the crunch & texture of this!)
- 1 sliced apple
Dinner: (eaten in the hotel room)
- Italian hoagie that I picked up in the AM from the local deli
- Black & White Cookie (My sweet tooth was craving this!)
When I finally got to the hotel, I actually had made incredible timing and decided to do a quick workout on the treadmill, to hopefully loosen me up and prevent morning stiffness. It was tough, because I was just tired from all the driving, but know my body will be happy tomorrow AM. I enjoyed every single bite of my Italian hoagie and my cookie! This Jersey girl has seriously missed those sandwiches. Amazing!
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