It might seem easier to eat out regularly however it establishes an unhealthy habit which can prove difficult to break. With a little bit of preparation, eating on the go can be a breeze. Try to eat your meals seated at a table, without any distractions. Avoid eating while you are driving as this can lead to mindless eating and your body will not get a chance to register the meal, therefore leading you to feel hungry and at a higher risk of overeating at the next meal. Drink plenty of water and stop every 2 hours to stretch your legs. This will help prevent blood clots and keep you awake on the road.
Essential tools to have for successful prep:
- Cooler bag/ electric fridge in car
- Gel ice packs
- Water bottle (500ml or larger)
- Stainless steel or BPA free containers
- Wet wipes
- Paper napkins
- Hand sanitiser
- Plastic utensils
Options to grab and go
- Vegetables eg carrots
- Hard boiled eggs
- Single servings of cheese
- Fruit: Apples, oranges, peachs, pears
- Peanuts (1/2 a mini packet has a GL of <5)
- Seed mix
- Lean biltong
- Futurelife smartbar high protein lite (GL of <5)
- Individual tubs of yoghurt
Snacks requiring some preparation:
- Muffins (homemade)
- Popcorn (air popped)
- Precooked sweet potato
- Lamb or beef strips or chicken drumsticks
- Sandwiches/ pita pockets
- Fillings which freeze well: Canned tuna/salmon, deli meat, sliced cheese, cooked meat, hummus, pesto
- Fillings which don’t freeze well: Tomato, lettuce, cucumber, onion, apple, grapes, eggs, cottage cheese
- Select hotels which offer a mini fridge in the room
- Try not to drink your calories therefore opt for water or herbal teas.
- Think about restaurants which are on the route which you could eat at and what would be the healthier option for you to select at those restaurants.
- Pack your cooler bag the night before to avoid any frantic rushes if you run late.
Most importantly don’t drink and drive! Enjoy your trip! Leave a comment below sharing your road trip adventures