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Smarter Health: How to Eat Healthy on The Road

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Part of our travels this holiday season will involve a 10-hour road trip. Yes, feeling my pain, eh? Whenever I hear "road trip," I think about all of the activities we will have to pack to keep us busy...and fed. But those snacks only go so far. Inevitably, we will stop to go potty (yeah, I say that still....I really need to switch to "go to the bathroom") and grab a bite to eat. As we all know, fast food is an easy choice, but one that is just sooooooooooo bad for us.

Sure, packing snacks and a cooler in the car is a-number-one way to try to eat better and "normal" when on the road, but here are some other ideas to be a little healthier as you travel. 

-- Drink water. This may seem counterproductive to driving as you will have to make a ton of stops, but being dehydrated is one of the big reasons we overeat or feel hungry when we aren't. Be sure to have bottles or thermoses of water for the whole family to avoid oversnacking and overeating. (This is a good thing to remember when flying too.)

-- When you can, try to stop at a regular restaurant, like a Denny's or Cracker Barrel. You can sit down with a larger menu that offers more variety of healthier options (and their restrooms are usually a little cleaner).

-- If you have to do choose a fast food place, opt for a Subway where you can make your own sandwich and avoid fried items. If that isn't possible, refrain from supersizing and select a grilled option if possible.

How do you eat on the road? What do you find yourself and your family eating? Do you try to keep it healthy?

Š Marek Uliasz 

by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Yes, I try to eat healthy but sometimes it just doesn't work out. I am also trying to do better now. Especially when we eat out.

by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM
We'll stop off at a Dennys...And have snacks...
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by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I do all of the above.  I always have water with me and a small bag of almonds for every day running around.  For days when I'm going to be away from the house for several hours, I pack plenty of water and other healthier snacks, and always make the best choices from whatever place we are stopping at.  Even if it ends up being mcDonalds, I get the grilled chicken wraps and limit the fries (cuz I just gotta have SOME, even if its only a little bit!)

by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

 We always take a cooler and snack items.

by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

 First  day I make deviled eggs and also have cheese and crackers.

by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

 Whoops I forgot we take sodas, milk and water too.

by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I try to always have water, crackers, cut fruit in baggies, granola bars and peanut butter sandwiches.

by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 3:43 PM

 pack own healthy foods in a cooler or try to eat healthiest options out there!

by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 4:16 PM
Chick fil a isn't that bad is it?
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by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 4:17 PM
We usually carry snacks too though and drink lots of water
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