Just as some people try to stuff in a whole lot of unhealthy food in the form of party supplies, staying on the wheels is often used as an excuse by many people to navigate their way to junk food, sodas, potato chips, and nearby restaurants. How convenient…isn’t it? After all, what choice do you have any way when you have to travel a long distance and the journey might even extend for a few days?
The truth is – it is all a matter of attitude and perseverance. Those determined on eating right know how to find a healthy way out of any such situation. A good willpower and sincere efforts is all that you need in order to avoid hogging on these convenient foods that are a storehouse of calories and have almost no nutritional value.
If you do not want to end up feeling lethargic, crabby, and stuck with a severe stomach ache on your road trip, that may be a result of grabbing unhealthy food all the way, given below are a few options you can consider to eat healthy on the go:
Packing your grub for the road helps in more ways than one. It proves to be both nutritious and pocket-friendly. Chop on your broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, and carrots and take them in a zip lock bag with you. 2.5 cups of raw vegetables makes for the minimum everyday nutritional requirement for women. For men, this requirement is raised to a minimum consumption of 3 cups of raw vegetables daily. Fulfilling this requirement daily reduces your risk of type-2 diabetes, cancers, and cardio diseases.
Sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, peanuts, and flax seeds, put in a mixture is another healthy mixture that you can carry with you. The essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and unsaturated fats contained in these nuts keep a check on your cholesterol levels, avoids any blood clot development, and reduces the risk for heart attack considerably. Their high fiber content also controls your blood pressure levels and speeds up the process of weight loss.
Umpteen number of bars are also nutritious options for health-conscious roadies, however be sure to check their nutritional labels. Calorie count of your bar should be below 200. Soy joy is one popular choice that is available in many fruit flavors.
Cereal or oatmeal is your great choice for a breakfast rich in dietary fiber. According to MayoClinic, dietary fiber helps in accelerating the digestive system and weight loss. Not to mention, it also makes you feel full for extended hours.
Some people even carry with them a small cooler for their on-road adventures, and stack up fruits, sandwiches, water, and yoghurt cups in it. Jo Ann Hattner, a nutrition expert from Stanford, suggests half peanut butter sandwich made from the whole wheat bread with some jelly spread over it, as another healthy choice for people on the go.
Okay, there might be times when there’s no chance you can carry the food with you, like when you are at the airport – in such cases, veg wraps, tofu wraps, or chicken wraps, are some safe picks outside. You may even order for dishes that have a lot of green vegetables; however you can add low-calorie dressings of your own choice, says Hattner. Japanese cuisines have a few amazing choices that are not high in calories.
Finally, it is your determination that is put to test when you face with challenging situations as this and have to decide if you wish to stray away from your path or sail through successfully with a healthy body.
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